Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence



Fellow, Resource Management in Asia Pacific Program


Australian National University



Mailing Address

Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
The Australian National University
ACT 0200, Canberra AUSTRALIA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phones: 61/2-6125-4343 (office)
61/4-0915-8145 (mobile)
fax: 61/2-6125-1635


http://rspas.anu.edu.au/people/personal/lahik_rmap.php ; http://home.netspeed.com.au/kuntala.david

Countries of Specialization

India, Bangladesh

Research Interests

Current research focus is on community initiatives and development in mining and water sectors, and for this, I often use a gender lens to look into the heterogeneities within the broad community.

My work focuses primarily on South Asia; for example, I am undertaking
research on the social impacts of coal mining in India. In my view, the
brunt of social changes in mining areas is often borne by women in rural
and peasant communities. I also have an ARC-funded linkage grant studying
the interface between large-scale mining and the community with emphasis
on community empowerment in East Kalimantan. This project stems from my
belief that community development by mining companies must include the
specific objective of women's empowerment.

Another exciting theme that I am currently exploring is that of
livelihoods in artisanal, small-scale, and at times illegal mining. For
more on ASM see http://www.asmasiapacific.org

An interest of mine, no less stimulating than any of the above, is
rickshaw art of Dhaka, Bangladesh (see http://home.netspeed.com.au/kuntala.david).


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mining ; water ; gender ; Kalimantan ; rickshaw art ; Dhaka ; Bangladesh.