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Nandini Nayak

Dr. Nandini Nayak

Assistant Professor

E-mail: nandini@aud.ac.in

Assistant Professor , School of Development Studies

Qualification

Dr. Nandini Nayak has a B. A. (Hons.) degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University; an M. A. in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay; an L. L. B. degree from Delhi University and a PhD in Development Studies from the Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London. Her ongoing research is on the implementation of social policy, especially related to the National Food Security Act and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Nandini also researches the work of social movements and their engagement with ‘rights based legislations’. Her research interests include the following thematic areas - political economy of development; political sociology of development; social exclusion, inequality and poverty; gender and development.

Seminar / Conferences

  • 2018- Conference of the European Association of South Asian Studies, held at CNRS/EHESS Paris, France. 24-27 July, Paper presented in Panel on ‘Coded Citizenship’.
  • 2018- Talk on Public Distribution System on Food Rations at the Civil Society Workshop on Right to Food Guidelines, Organised by the Centre for Equity Studies, at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi.
  • 2017- AUD, School of Development Studies, Colloquium on Development Studies, New Delhi. Panel on ‘Research and Action’.
  • 2016- Law and Social Science Research Network (LASSNET), International Conference, New Delhi. Panel on ‘Rights-based Legislation under India’s New Regime’.
  • 2016- Workshop on ‘Indo-Dutch Perspectives on Development Studies’, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. Panel on ‘Conceptualisation and Practice of Development Studies’.
  • 2015- Conference of the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE), Leeds, UK. Panel on ‘Accumulation, Dispossession and Agrarian Resistance in India’.
  • 2015- Workshop on Democratising Indian Democracy? Social Movements and the State in Contemporary India, University of Bergen, Norway.
  • 2015- AUD, School of Human Ecology, International Conference, New Delhi. Panel on ‘State, Markets and Agrarian Environments in Central India’.
  • 2014- Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Conference on ‘Political Economy of Contemporary India’, Bombay, India.
  • 2013- Rights and Resistance: Claiming the ‘right to work’ in Madhya Pradesh, central India; Paper presented at departmental seminars at Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT), Delhi and at Department of Political Science, Delhi University.
  • 2012- Rights and Resistance: Claiming the ‘right to work’ in Madhya Pradesh, central India; presented at ‘MGNREGA: critical explorations of implementation and impacts’, Workshop, British Academy, Brighton, University of Sussex.
  • 2011- Claiming the Landscape: Assertions for Land and Livelihood in south-west Madhya Pradesh, India; presented at ‘Legal Appropriation: Taking of and by law’, Conference, School of Law, SOAS.
  • 2010- Claiming the Landscape: Assertions for Land and Livelihood in south-west Madhya Pradesh, India; at Law and Social Science Research Network (LASSNET) Conference in Pune, India.
  • 2009- Women workers and perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in India; Paper co-authored with Reetika Khera presented at FAO-ILO-IFAD Conference on ‘Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: Differentiated pathways out of poverty’, Rome, Italy.

Past Experience

Prior to joining AUD, Nandini has taught at the Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London and at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. Before starting her career in academics, Nandini worked for several years in the development sector. This included work with ‘Lawyers’ Collective – Women’s Rights Initiative’ and with the ‘Office of the Commissioner of the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case’ (CWP 196/2001, PUCL v. Union of India & others). Nandini has also been associated with the ‘Right to Food Campaign’.

My Zone / Area of Expertise

Prior to joining AUD, Nandini Nayak taught at the Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London and at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. Before starting her career in academics, Nandini worked for several years in the development sector. This included work with the ‘Lawyers’ Collective – Women’s Rights Initiative’ and with the ‘Office of the Commissioner of the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case’ (CWP 196/2001, PUCL v. Union of India & others). Nandini has also been associated with the ‘Right to Food Campaign’.

Awards

  • Nandini Nayak was awarded the UNDP Human Development Academic Fellowship for doctoral research in 2007. 
  • In 2015, Nandini was awarded an AUD Faculty Research Grant for her research project titled ‘Rights and Development: An ethnography of social policy implementation’.

Publications

Book chapters, reviews and journal publications:

2019Social Entitlement Report: NFSA Implementation Study, Chapter on the Public Distribution System, New Delhi: Centre for Equity Studies.
2017N. Nayak, Workers or Beneficiaries: The Varied Politics of NREGA implementation in south-west Madhya Pradesh, in R. Nagaraj and Sripad Motiram (editors), The Political Economy of Contemporary India, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press.
2017

N. Nayak and S. Nehra, Accessing the Right to Food in Delhi, Economic and Political Weekly, 52(23). Available at http://www.epw.in/journal/2017/23/web-exclusives/accessing-right-food-delhi.html

2017N. Nayak, Review of Delivering Public Services Effectively: Tamil Nadu and Beyond by Vivek S., OUP, 2015., South Asia Journal. Available at http://southasiajournal.net/book-review-delivering-public-services-effectively-tamil-nadu-and-beyond-by-vivek-s/
2016

N. Nayak, Women Workers, Collective Action and the “Right to Work” in Madhya Pradesh, in Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Alf Nilsen (editors), Social Movements and the State in India: Deepening Democracy?. Series Title: Rethinking International Development. Heidelberg: Palgrave Macmillan.

2016

Khera, R. and N. Nayak, Women Workers and Perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, in Jean Drèze (editor), Social Policy. Series Title: Readings on the Economy, Polity and Society: Essays from Economic and Political Weekly. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan and Economic and Political Weekly.

2011

Khera, R. and N. Nayak, Women Workers and Perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, in Reetika Khera (ed.), The Battle for Employment Guarantee, New Delhi, Oxford University Press.

2009

Khera, R. and N. Nayak, Women Workers and Perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in India, Economic and Political Weekly, 44(43).
2006

Nayak, N. and N. C. Saxena, 'Implementation of ICDS in Bihar and Jharkhand', Economic and Political Weekly, 41(34).

Newspaper and magazine articles and other publications:

2014

§ Nayak, N. with Veronica Paz Arauco, Haris Gazdar, Paula Hevia-Pacheco, Naila Kabeer, Amanda Lenhardt, Syeda Quratulain Masood, Haider Naqvi, Andrew Norton, Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal, Elisa Scalise, Andrew Shepherd, Deepak Thapa, Sukhadeo Thorat, D. Hien Tran, Strengthening social justice to address intersecting inequalities post-2015, Co-authored Report, Overseas Development Institute, Cooperation Espanola and UN Sustainable Development Fund.

Project led by Prof. Naila Kabeer, LSE; Andrew Shepherd and Andrew Norton, ODI, UK. See https://www.odi.org/publications/8909-strengthening-social-justice-address-intersecting-inequalities ;

Report available at http://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/9213.pdf

 

2014

Nayak, N., ‘NREGA: Effects and Implications’, available at http://www.im4change.org.previewdns.com/latest-news-updates/nrega-effects-and-implications-nandini-nayak-24496.html

2013

Invited consultancy paper, titled ‘India: Rights and Guarantees’ written for Overseas Development Institute & UNDP joint project on ‘Intersecting Inequalities’. Project led by Prof Naila Kabeer, LSE; Andrew Shepherd and Andrew Norton, ODI, UK.

 

2009

R and N. Nayak, ‘What works against women’, Frontline, 26(1), January 3, Chennai, India.
available at http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2601/stories/20090116260101200.htm
(joint article with Reetika Khera; supplementary article to cover story: ‘Battle for Employment Guarantee’ by Jean Drèze and Reetika Khera)

2008

Nayak, N., 'Songs of Hope’, The Hindu: Sunday Magazine, September 14 , Delhi, India.
available at http://www.hindu.com/mag/2008/09/14/stories/2008091450150400.htm

2008Devika Singh, Jean Drèze, Nandini Nayak, Vandana Prasad, Anganwadis for All: Action for the Rights of Children Under Six: A Primer, Series Title: Popular Social Science, National Book Trust of India, New Delhi, India.
2006

Nayak, N., 'Disintegrated Services', Agenda, October, Pune, India.
available at http://infochangeindia.org/agenda/hunger-a-food-security/disintegrated-services.html