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Dr Shailaja Fennell

Fellow, Director of Studies in Land Economy
Lecturer in Development Studies
Director of Research at Cambridge Central Asia Forum
Land Economy
Development Studies

Shailaja Fennell is Director of Research at Cambridge Central Asia Forum, a University Lecturer in Development Studies, and a Fellow of Jesus College.

Academic interests

Shailaja Fennell's academic interests include:

  • Agrarian transformation
  • Economic reform
  • The dynamics of household decision making
  • Educational provision
  • Comparative economic development
  • Economic history
  • Land policy and development economics.

Degrees obtained

  • BA Economics, Delhi University, 1985.
  • MA Economics, Delhi University, 1987.
  • MPhil Economics, Delhi University, 1990.
  • MPhil Economics, University of Cambridge, 1991.
  • PhD Economics, University of Cambridge, 2003.

Biography

Shailaja Fennell is Director of Research at Cambridge Central Asia Forum, a University Lecturer in Development Studies, and a Fellow of Jesus College.

She was awarded her degrees of BA, MA, and MPhil in Economics from the University of Delhi, and then went on to read for her MPhil and PhD at the Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research was on long term agricultural trends in India and China.

Shailaja was an international team leader on the project on public private partnerships in education within a research consortium on educational outcomes and rural and urban poverty (RECOUP) funded by the Department for International Development.

She was a member of the team commissioned by the European Union to bring about the first European Report on Development, titled 'Overcoming Fragility in Africa: Forging a New Approach Forward' (2008-09).

Shailaja has been researching the linkages between rural development, environmental, and educational strategies in India, China, and Central Asia since 2004. She has specialised in the fields of institutional reform, rural development, gender and household dynamics, kinship and ethnicity, and educational provision.

Shailaja was appointed visiting professor at the Kazakh National University in Almaty in 2008 and awarded an honorary professorship by the A. Yasawi Kazakh-Turkic University in November 2009.

Other interests

Food, Asian culture, yoga, Indian dance.

Publications, links and resources

Shailaja's recent publications include Rules, rubrics and riches: the relationship between legal reform, institutional change and international development (Routledge, 2010) and Gender Education and Development: conceptual frameworks, engagements and agendas (Routledge, 2008) edited with M. Arnot.

She is currently completing a book titled Grains and Gains: the political economy of agriculture in China and India (Sage, 2016) and working on a manuscript currently titled Development in Transition: lessons from Central Asia.

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