I have designed, teach and lead two modules for MA Development and Emergency Practice, CENDEP:
Critical inquiry in development and emergency practice: theory and policy
Disasters, risks, vulnerability and climate change
The key thematic areas of my research interest and experience are: Socially inclusive development, Disaster risk reduction, preparedness and resilience building; disaster and development linkages, environmental change and migration with gender, age, disability as cross-cutting issues in related to these themes.
My research is applied, inter-disciplinary and crosses boundaries between development studies, geography, gender studies and built environment. My current research projects and publications include new contributions on gender, age and disability sensitive humanitarian practices, social equity, disaster risk reduction and resilience building practices with a focus on global south, and in particular South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.
The application of my research is to improve the operational practice of disaster response, risk reduction and resilience building with a focus on socially marginalised groups. My past and current linkages with social action groups, International and National NGOs in the global south give me a good platform to disseminate my research findings, and advocate for changes in policies and practices.
Enabling Social Inclusion: Gender, Age, Disability and marginalised identities in Development
Human rights and disasters with a focus on marginalised groups such as migrants and urban poor, and gender as a cross-cutting issue
Post-disaster recovery and reconstruction work using comparative case studies or scenarios from different countries
Disaster and development linkages with policy and applied research perspectives
Research group membership
Fellow, The Higher Education Academy, UK
Member, Gender and Disaster Network
Member, UKADR (UK alliance for Disaster Research)
Research grants and awards
DFID funded Age and Disability Capacity Project
Akerkar S, Fordham M, 'Gender, place and mental health recovery in disasters: addressing issues of equality and difference'
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 23 (2017)
ISSN: 2212-4209 eISSN: 2212-4209
Akerkar S, Joshi, PC, Fordham M, 'Cultures of Entitlement and Social Protection: Evidence from Flood Prone Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, India'
World Development 86 (2016) pp.46-58
ISSN: 0305-750X eISSN: 0305-750X
Akerkar S, 'Development of a normative framework for disaster relief: learning from colonial histories in India'
Disasters 39 (S2) (2015) pp.219-243
ISSN: 0361-3666 eISSN: 0361-3666
Other select publications
Fordham M, Gupta S with Akerkar, S and Scharf M (2011) Leading resilient development: grassroots women's priorities, practices and innovations, published by Groots International and UNDP; seehttp://huairou.org/leading-resilient-development
Akerkar Supriya (2007) Disaster Mitigation and furthering women's rights: Learning from the Tsunami; in Gender, Technology and Development; 11; see http://gtd.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/11/3/357
Akerkar Supriya (2005) Rights, development and democracy: a perspective from India, in Reinventing Development: Translating Rights-Based Approaches from Theory into Practice, Ed Gready, Paul, Ensor Jonathan, ZED publications, UK and USA
Thomson K, Sundaray S, Akerkar S, Daniel U (2005) Bolangir to Hyderabad and the politics of poverty (co-authored) et al published by Action Aid International
Akerkar S (2001) Gender and participation, publication by Bridge, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. see http://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/reports/cep-part-rep.pdf
Research contributions to the Fifth Citizen's Report on the State of India's Environment, 1999 Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
Akerkar Supriya (1997) "Feminist voices" in Journal Seminar, New Delhi, Pg34-37
Akerkar Supriya (1997) Women, ecology and development, in Women's Link, Volume 46, No3, published by Social Action Trust, New Delhi
Akerkar Supriya (1995) "Theory and practice of women's movement in India : A discourse analysis", Working Paper Series No 193, Published by Institute of Social Studies , Hague, Netherlands, April 1995. The Paper is also published in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XXX, No 17, Pg WS 2-WS-23, April 1995. This can be downloaded from publishing.eur.nl/ir/repub/asset/18894/wp193.pdf
Conference papers and presentations
Presentation on ‘Challenges on making invisible visible: Age and Disability Inclusion in humanitarian responses’, 29th June 2016, organized by CENDEP, Oxford Brookes University, in Oxford
Presentation on ‘Mainstreaming gender, age and disability in humanitarian response’ in Conference organised by UCL, London and Tohoku University, Japan on 23rd October 2015 in London
Presentation on “Gender mainstreaming of early warning information during disasters: learning from best practices” to the Serbian Ministry on Environment and Agriculture in Belgrade on 28th May 2015, on invitation by OSCE (EU led Organisation for security and cooperation in Europe) mission to Serbia.
Presentation on ‘Trust, emergent learning and building of communities of practice: Learning from Drought and DRR’ at the 3rd world conference in Sendai Japan, in parallel conference session hosted by University of Leicester and Kansai University, 16th March 2015
Conference session on ‘best practices in gender mainstreaming in disaster response’, in Manila, Philippines 24th-25th November,2014 on invitation by Wilton Park (foreign office of Government of UK), organised by Wilton Park and ADPC
Presentation on ‘Disasters, vulnerability reduction and rights’ for the conference “Human rights in Asia”, organised by University of Essex, UK, 31st May 2012
Presentation on ‘Disaster Cultures and Human Rights in India’ in the Dealing with Disasters conference co-organised by Northumbria University, Glamorgan University and Sunderland University on 23rd-24th November 2010 held at Newcastle.
Presentation on “local entitlements, reciprocity and disaster recovery” in the Asian MICRODIS conference organised at Hue, Vietnam by the Hue University on 25th-27th August 2010.
Presentation on “social impacts of Tewekesbury floods”, in the conference organised by the National Flood Forum, UK in Birmingham on 25 February 2010
Invited discussant on Gender and Climate Change in the conference organised by the Institute of Development Studies, UK in June 2007