Dr. Lata Narayanaswamy

Dr. Lata Narayanaswamy


Since 2001 I have worked as a research practitioner, consultant and lecturer in gender and development. My research problematises how knowledge is actualised as a driver of development in both discourse and practice.

Before joining Leeds in 2014, I held Lecturer and Visiting posts at the Universities of Sheffield and Hull in the UK, and at Carleton University and York University in Canada. I was awarded my PhD from the University of Durham in 2011.


  • Programme Director for BA International Development

Research interests

My research, inspired by my time working as a knowledge-for-development practitioner, critically reflects on gendered/intersectional and post/decolonial dynamics of development knowledge and its perceived contribution to global development challenges. I am currently involved in applied, interdisciplinary research related to climate change, water security and decolonising development. Below are some links to on-going, interdisciplinary research projects in which I am involved:

COST Action: Decolonising Development: Research, Teaching and Practice

Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub

Gender & information ecosystems in climate change adaptation

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Professional memberships

  • Trustee, Gender and Development Network, UK https://gadnetwork.org/meet-the-team

Student education

I lead on the final year module PIED 3207 International Development and Social Policy.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Global Development

Current postgraduate researchers

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