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Professor Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt


Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is one of the leading global experts in critical research on the length and breadth of gender and community livelihoods in two areas of natural resources: water and extractive industries (mining). Her research is informed by feminist scholar-activist research methodologies.

Kuntala’s contributions to broadening the understanding of the gender and the social impacts of large-scale, capitalised mining industries have led to efforts in engendering community development by the mining industry.

Another aspect of her work has involved reframing the debates around informal, artisanal and small-scale extractive practices of minerals. She has brought the livelihoods of mineral-dependent communities of the Global South to the forefront of global debates on political ecology and political economy of resource extraction.

Most of her research was on South Asia, but she has led a number of research projects in Indonesia, Lao PDR and Mongolia.

Resource Library Contributions

2019 State of the Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Sector

Author: G Hilson, J McQuilken, R Perks
Publisher: World Bank
Publication Year: 1969

The 2019 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector report showcases data contributions made to Delve and demonstrates the potential for a deeper sector analysis when stakeholders share data. As the inaugural report of a planned annual series, the 2019 edition explores the origins and impact of what is identified...

2019 Country Profile: India

Author: K. Lahiri-Dutt, J. McQuilken
Publisher: World Bank
Publication Year: 1969

Country Profile of India from 2019 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector report produced by Delve....