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Dr Shailaja Fennell

Dr Shailaja Fennell

University Lecturer in Development Studies, attached to the Department of Land Economy

Fellow of Jesus College


Dr. Shailaja Fennell is a co-I on TIGR2ESS, a research programme to study how to improve crop productivity and water use, identify appropriate crops and farming practices for sustainable rural developmetn, with funding of £ 7.8 million form the Global Challenges Fund of RCUK.

Dr Fennell was an international team leader on public-private partnerships in education project within the DfID-funded Cambridge-based consortium on educational outcomes for the poor (RECOUP) from 2005-2010

She was awarded the UGC-UKIERI grant for a collaborative research initiative, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, and the Indian partners were the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras and University of Punjab, Chandigarh for 2014-16. The project focussed on understanding how bottlenecks that limit Internet access for rural agricultural production and community-based tourism can be removed, using the Portolan application and android mobile phones, to collect upstream data and an innovative survey instrument to collect downstream data.

She has been a consultant on inequality and rural development with Oxfam GB (2014-15), on evidence based policy with the World Bank (2013-15), and was earlier the social science expert on agriculture and gender and a member of the five person team that authored the European Report on Development on Fragility in Africa, 2008-09.

Key Publications

Her recent publications include:

The Handbook of BRICS  (with P. Anand, F. Comim and J Weiss) forthcoming (2018), Oxford University Press. 

Rules, rubrics and riches: the interrelations between legal reform and international development, Routledge (2010);

Gender Education and Equality in a Global Context: conceptual frameworks and policy perspectives, Routledge (ed. with M. Arnot, 2008).

She has published in leading publications such China Quarterly, Ecological Economics, Comparative Education and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 


Dr. Fennell has been invited to speak at the Critical Economics Summit at Bologna, May 5-7th 2017. The conference is organised by the European Chapters of the Rethinking Economics initiative (

 Dr Fennell has just published a piece for the ITU in its thought leader contribution category

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Tri-Continental Tea Seminar: The Politics of Science and Technology in the Global South

Nov 27, 2017

The Consortium for the Global South invites you to participate in the first of its Tricontinental Tea Seminars. This informal series is intended to connect researchers working in different departments and disciplines within the University departments, to share knowledge, and to explore the potential for future collaborative projects.