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Department of Development Studies

Ms Amrita Lamba

BA (Delhi); MA, MPHIL (Jawaharlal Nehru University)


Amrita Lamba
Department of Development Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow (2014/15 only)

Ms Amrita Lamba
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Monday 11-12pm
Thesis title:
Interrogating Inclusive Natural Resources Governance: Comparing Brazil and South Africa
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Year of Entry 2011
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Amrita Lamba is a PhD candidate in Development Studies. Before coming to SOAS, she received MPhil and MA degrees in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and BA (Honours) in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.

Her current research attempts to compare the governance of natural resources in Brazil and South Africa through a framework which is undergirded on a sufficiently complex structure of state-society synergy. In particular, she is interested in looking at the space created by the interface/overlap between formal and informal institutions and its potential to engender effectiveness and accountability in governance through invoking norms of trust and networks of civic engagement. Her other major areas of interest include sustainable water management, poverty analysis, forced migration with particular reference to laws that govern internally displaced persons in India, adaptive governance and climate change. She has also worked as a Consultant for the World Bank (India) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (India).

Additional Education
  • Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI): Institute on Inequality and Development, held at the Watson Institute, Brown University, Rhode Island, the United States of America, 2011.
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA) Summer School on Concepts, Methods, and Techniques in Political Science held at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America, 2011.
  • Marie Curie PhD Winter School on Earth System Governance: The Challenge of Adaptive Governance, held by the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2009.
  • ESPP Maastricht Summer School in Governance and Social Protection Policy, the Netherlands, 2006.

PhD Publications

  • Strong State Society Synergy: A Novel Approach to Governance for Ameliorating Poverty in India, Special Issue of Transition Studies Review, Volume 17, Number 2, May 2010, Springer Verlag. ISSN: 1614-4007 (Print) 1614-4015 (Online)
  • Pursuits of adaptiveness in the shared rivers of Monsoon Asia, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, jointly with Louis Lebel, Xu Jianchu, and Ram C. Bastakoti. DOI: 10.1007/s10784-010-9141-7, October 2010, Springer Netherlands. ISSN: 1567-9764 (Print) 1573-1553 (Online)

PhD Conferences

  • June 2012: Selected to present a research paper titled “Documenting Dissent in Bastar: A Case of Contesting Sovereignties” at the 2012 International Conference on Law and Society organized by the Law and Society Association (LSA), held in Honolulu, Hawaii, the USA.
  • May 2012: Selected to present a research paper titled “Water management, participation and human capabilities: comparing Brazil and South Africa” at the third International Workshop on Comparative Water Studies held at the Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
  • October 2011: Selected to present a research paper titled “The uneven architecture of water governance in India: Can strong-state society synergy show the way?” at a Comparative Water Studies Workshop held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
  • October 2010: Selected to present a research paper titled “Rethinking Institutions and Sustainability: A Case Study of the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, India” at the Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change held at the Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany
  • September 2010: Selected to present a research paper titled “Contextualizing Rural e-Governance in India: The case of the Akashganga initiative in Gujarat” at the Round Table on Rural e-Governance jointly organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Delhi and the Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi held in Delhi, India.
  • July 2010: Selected to present a research paper titled “Interrogating Glocalization: A Case Study of Panchayati Raj Institutions in India” at the Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance hosted by the Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • April 2010: Invited for the South Asia Regional Workshop on “Towards More Open and Transparent Governance in South Asia” co-organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration and the World Bank, New Delhi, India
  • February 2010: Selected to present a research paper titled “Strong State Society Synergy: An Approach to Governance for Ameliorating Poverty in India” at the 9th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii, the United States of America
  • June – July 2009: Selected to present a research paper titled “Towards a fair deal for migrant adivasis in Nagarahole: A case study of skewed policy making in India” at the twelfth International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) conference on Transforming Boundaries, held at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus
  • June 2009: Selected to present a research paper titled “State Society Synergy: An Approach to Governance for Ameliorating Poverty in India” at the University of Cambridge Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Perspectives on Progress: Crossing Boundaries in Research, held at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom.


Amrita was the course convenor (Senior Teaching Fellow) for Land, Natural Resources, Development and Environmental Change (2014/15), and also teaches on the following: