Amrita Lamba is a doctoral candidate in the department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She received MPhil and MA degrees in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and BA (Honours) in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.
Her current research attempts to compare institutional mechanisms in Brazil and South Africa through a framework which is undergirded on a sufficiently complex structure of state-society synergy to sustainably govern natural resources. In particular, she is interested in looking at the space created by the interface/overlap between formal and informal institutions and its potential to engender effectiveness and accountability in governance through invoking norms of trust and networks of civic engagement. Her other major areas of interest include sustainable water management, poverty analysis, forced migration with particular reference to laws that govern internally displaced persons in India, adaptive governance and climate change. Amrita is a member of an International Research Collaborative (IRC) on legal mobilization in humanitarian crises. She has also worked as a Consultant for the World Bank (India) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (India).
‘Strong State Society Synergy: A Novel Approach to Governance for Ameliorating Poverty in India,’ Special Issue of Transition Studies Review, Volume 17, Number 2, May 2010, Springer Verlag. ISSN: 1614-4007 (Print) 1614-4015 (Online)
‘Pursuits of adaptiveness in the shared rivers of Monsoon Asia,’ International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, jointly with Louis Lebel, Xu Jianchu, and Ram C. Bastakoti. DOI: 10.1007/s10784-010-9141-7, October 2010, Springer Netherlands. ISSN: 1567-9764 (Print) 1573-1553 (Online)