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Lyla Mehta Institute of Development Studies, UK, and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Lyla Mehta is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, UK and a Visiting Professor at Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She trained as a sociologist (University of Vienna) and has a Ph.d. in Development Studies (University of Sussex). She is currently co-leader of the Resource Politics Cluster at IDS. Her work focuses on water and sanitation, forced displacement and resistance, the politics of scarcity, rights and access, resource grabbing and the politics of environment/ development and sustainability in India and southern Africa. Recent projects include peri urban dynamics, the politics of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in southern Africa and uncertainty and climate change from below in India. She served as team leader of High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)’s report on Water for Food Security and Nutrition (2015) and is on the editorial board of Water Alternatives and the advisory board of Mistra Urban Futures (2016 - ).