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Professor Nirmala Rao, OBE

BA (Delhi), MA MPhil (JNU), PhD (London), AcSS

Overview

Professor Nirmala Rao
Directorate

Pro-Director (Learning & Teaching)

Name:
Professor Nirmala Rao, OBE
Email address:
Telephone:
0207 898 4120
Fax:
0207 898 4019
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
106

Biography

Nirmala is Pro-Director (Learning and Teaching). She took her first degree in Economics at Delhi
University and received her MA and MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She
completed her PhD at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. In 1994 she joined the
Politics Department at Goldsmiths College where she was elected as an Academician of the Academy
of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences in 2003. She has published extensively in the field of urban
governance and has served as an advisor to a range of bodies including the UK Audit Commission and
the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). She currently serves as a Trustee of the Learning
from Experience Trust, and is a member of the Governing Bodies of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and the Institute of Education, University of London.

Current Committee Membership

Ex officio member of:
  • Governing Body
  • Academic Board
  • Academic Development Committee (Chair)
  • Executive Board
  • Honorary Degrees & Fellowships Committee
  • Information Strategy Committee (Chair)
  • Nominations Committee
  • Research & Estates Committee
  • Resources & Planning Committee
  • School Promotions Panel

Public Bodies & Charities

  • Trustee of the Learning from Experience Trust
  • Member of Council, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Member of Governing Body, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Teaching

Research

Nirmala Rao has published widely in the fields of urban governance and public policy and is currently undertaking research on the ways in which the ideas of local democracy evolved in the conversations between India and England in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Another stream of research concentrates on comparative studies of city governments. Nirmala was elected as an academician of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences in 2003. 

Publications

Authored Books

Rao, Nirmala (2013) Reshaping City Governance: Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, London. Routledge. (Forthcoming)

Rao, Nirmala (2007) Cities in Transition: Growth, Change and Governance in Six Metropolitan Areas. Routledge.

Rao, Nirmala and Pimlott, Ben (2002) Governing London. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rao, Nirmala (2000) Reviving Local Democracy: New Labour, New Politics? Bristol: Policy Press.

Rao, Nirmala (co-authored) (1997) Local Government Since 1945. Oxford: Blackwell.

Rao, Nirmala (1996) Towards Welfare Pluralism: Public Services in a Time of Change. Dartmouth.

Rao, Nirmala (1994) The Making and Unmaking of Local Self-Government. Dartmouth.

Edited Books

Rao, Nirmala and Berg, Rikke, eds. (2005) Transforming Local Political Leadership. Palgrave.

Rao, Nirmala, ed. (2000) Representation and Community in Western Democracies. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Book Chapters

Rao, Nirmala and Bergstrom, T. and Gianolli, A. (2012) 'Strong leadership and local democracy: rivals or potential allies?' In: Schaap, Linze and Daemen, Harry, (eds.), Renewal in European Democracies: Puzzles, Dilemmas and Options. Wiesbaden: VS Verlaf fur Sozialwissenschaft, pp. 119-144.

Rao, Nirmala (2009) 'From Committees to Cabinets: the Transformation of English Local Government.' In: Reynaert, H. and Steyvers, K. and Delwit, P. and Pilet, J-B, (eds.), Local Political Leadership in Europe. Town Chief, City Boss or Loco President. Brugge: Vanden Broele, pp. 285-306. (Comparative local politics, vol. 3)

Rao, Nirmala and Berg, Rikke (2005) 'Institutional Reforms in Local Government: A Comparative Framework.' In: Rao, Nirmala and Berg, Rikke, (eds.), Transforming Local Political Leadership. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 1-14.

Rao, Nirmala (2005) 'From Committees to Cabinets and Leaders: the British Experience.' In: Berg, Rikke and Rao, Nirmala, (eds.), Transforming Local Political Leadership. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 42-58.

Rao, Nirmala (2003) 'Local Government.' In: Hollowell, Jonathan, (ed.), Britain in 1945. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 194-210.

Rao, Nirmala (2000) 'Representation Under Strain: the British Experience.' In: Rao, Nirmala, (ed.), Representation and Community in Western Democracies. Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 51-67.

Rao, Nirmala (2000) 'The Changing Context of Representation.' In: Rao, Nirmala, (ed.), Representation and Community in Western Democracies. Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 1-9.

Rao, Nirmala (1999) 'The Statutory Sector.' In: Hudson, Bob, (ed.), The Changing Role of Social Care. New York: Jessica Kingsley.

Rao, Nirmala (co-authored) (1999) 'Revitalising Local Democracy.' In: Jowell, R., (ed.), British Social Attitudes: the 19th Report. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 45-64.

Rao, Nirmala (co-authored) (1997) 'Public Attitudes to Local Government.' In: New Perspectives on Local Governance: Reviewing the Research Evidence. York: York Publishing, pp. 118-157.

Rao, Nirmala (co-authored) (1995) 'Faith in Local Democracy.' In: Jowell, Roger, (ed.), British Social Attitudes: the Twelfth Report. Aldershot: Dartmouth, pp. 91-118.

Rao, Nirmala (1994) 'Continuity and Change: Responses to pressures for Institutional Reform.' In: Borraz, Olivier, (ed.), Local Leadership and Decision-Making: A study of France, Germany, United States and Britain. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, pp. 81-92.

Articles

Rao, Nirmala (2009) 'Projections of Empire: India and the Imagined Metropolis.' Asian Affairs, 41 (2). pp. 161-177.

Rao, Nirmala (2006) 'Modernising Local Government.' Economic Affairs, 26 (1). pp. 18-24.

Rao, Nirmala (2006) 'Introducing the New Government of London.' Local Government Studies. Special Issue: The New Government of London, 32 (3). pp. 215-221.

Rao, Nirmala (2006) 'Guest Editor.' Local Government Studies, 32 (3).

Rao, Nirmala and Pimlott, Ben (2005) 'Metropolitan Miasma: Blurred Accountabilities in the Governance of London.' London Journal, 29 (2). pp. 33-44.

Rao, Nirmala (2005) 'The Representation on Women in Local Politics.' Policy and Politics, 33 (2). pp. 323-339.

Rao, Nirmala (2002) 'London Metropolis Redux.' GeoJournal, 58 (1). pp. 3-9.

Rao, Nirmala (2002) 'Options for Change: Mayors, Cabinets or the Status Quo?' Local Government Studies, 29 (1). pp. 1-16.

Rao, Nirmala (2002) 'Labour and Education: Secondary Reorganisation and the Neighbourhood School.' Contemporary British History, 16 (2). pp. 99-120.

Rao, Nirmala (1999) 'Representing the People? Testing Assumptions About Local Government Reform.' Public Administration, 77 (2). pp. 257-271.

Rao, Nirmala (1998) 'Representation in Local Politics: A Reconsideration and Some New Evidence.' Political Studies, 46 (1). pp. 19-35.

Rao, Nirmala (1998) 'Recruitment to Local Politics: Pathways and Barriers.' Policy and Politics, 26 (3). pp. 291-305.

Rao, Nirmala (co-authored) (1994) 'Place, Personal Characteristics and Councillor Roles: A Multivariate Analysis of Survey Data.' Policy and Politics, 22 (1). pp. 31-42.

Monographs

Rao, Nirmala (2007) The New Council Constitutions: Outcomes of the Local Government Act 2000. London: Department of Communities and Local Government.

Rao, Nirmala (co-authored) (2007) Improving the Representativeness of Councillors: an International Literature Review. Department of Communities and Local Government.

Rao, Nirmala and John, P. and Gains, F. and Goodwin, M. and Richardson, L. and Evans, E. (2007) Improving the Representativeness of Councillors: Learning from Five High Performing Local Authorities in England. London: Department of Communities and Local Government.

Rao, Nirmala (co-authored) (1999) Revisiting Public Perceptions of Local Government Finance: A Decade of Change? London: Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Rao, Nirmala (co-authored) (1998) The Impact of Releasing People for Council Duties. Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Rao, Nirmala (1995) Competition, Contracts and Change: The Local Authority Experience of CCT. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Rao, Nirmala (co-authored) (1994) Coming to Terms with Change: The Local Government Councillor in 1993. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Rao, Nirmala (1993) The Role of Housing Associations in Community Care. The National Federation of Housing Associations.

Rao, Nirmala (1993) Managing Change: Councillors and the New Local Government. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Rao, Nirmala (1991) Developments in Local Government. Constitutional Reform Centre.

Rao, Nirmala (1991) From Providing to Enabling: Local Authorities and Community Care Planning. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Rao, Nirmala (1990) Educational Change and Local Government: The Impact of the Education Reform Act. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Rao, Nirmala (1990) The Changing Role of Local Housing Authorities: An Interim Assessment. Policy Studies Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Rao, Nirmala (1990) Black women in public housing: a report on the housing problems of black women in the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Southwark. London Race and Housing Research Unit, Runnymede Trust.

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