The key thematic areas of my research interest and experience are: Rights, social inclusion and resilience building with age, disability, gender, displaced people and other identities as intersecting themes in the contexts of protracted and humanitarian crisis, and disasters.
My research is applied, inter-disciplinary and crosses boundaries between development studies, geography, gender studies, law and built environment. My current research projects and publications include new contributions on gender, age and disability sensitive humanitarian practices, rights of displaced people, furthering 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 humanitarian and 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.
Research interests and Expertise:
Enabling Social Inclusion: Gender, Age, Disability and marginalised identities in Development and humanitarian contexts
Human rights, emergencies and disasters with a focus on marginalised groups such as refugees, internally displaced people, migrants and urban poor
Post- humanitarian crisis/disaster recovery and reconstruction work using comparative case studies or scenarios from different countries
Development-Humanitarian nexus and linkages
Research group membership
Fellow, The Higher Education Academy, UK
Technical Working Group Member, Humanitarian Innovation Fund, ELRHA for Older people and People with Disabilities, UK
Member, Gender and Disaster Network
Member, UKADR (UK alliance for Disaster Research)
Research grants and awards
Brookes Research Excellence Award: Ageing in Displacement (PI for the project)
British Academy Award "The Contribution of Urban Community Gardens to Inclusive and Sustainable Local Environments" (CoI for the project)
DFID funded Age and Disability Capacity Project (PI for the project)