Researcher Profile

Lyla Mehta

Lyla Mehta

Institute of Development Studies,
University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9RE - UK



Lyla is a sociologist working on forced migration, environment/development linkages, and access to water and sanitation. She has extensive field research in rural India studying the politics of water scarcity and the linkages between gender, displacement and resistance. Additionally, she has worked on the right to water in South Africa, global and local responses to water scarcity, and 'public' and 'private' aspects of water. Her work uses the case of water to explore conceptual and empirical questions concerning power, politics, rights and access to resources. Lyla has recently begun a programme of work on community-led total sanitation.


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