Bipasha Baruah

bipasha

Professor
Women's Studies and Feminist Research;
Canada Research Chair in Global Women's Issues
http://publish.uwo.ca/~bbaruah/

 

Office:Lawson Hall 3244
Phone:519-661-2111 ext. 86316
bbaruah@uwo.ca

Research

Women make up half of the world's population, perform two-thirds of the world's working hours, receive one-tenth of the world's income and own only one-hundredth of the world's property. Yet much of the research on gender and development has focused on inequalities between men and women with respect to wages, educational opportunities, schooling outcomes, mortality and morbidity, and more recently, political participation and representation. My research identifies the social, economic, legal, cultural, political and institutional factors that influence women's ability to own property; and develops theories, methodologies and analytical frameworks for conducting interdisciplinary research on gender and property ownership.

I also conduct research on women's participation in the green economy. I explore the opportunities and constraints that low-income women face in securing equitable, healthy and decent jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in low-carbon economies focused on renewable energy and resource efficiency in different world regional contexts. Findings from my research enable governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to formulate appropriate policy responses to women's needs for land, housing and sustainable livelihoods.

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

Siddika, A. and B. Baruah. 2017. Can Understanding Phenomenology and Human Capabilities Help Us Address Acid Violence? South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2017.1361311.

Grantham, G. and B. Baruah. 2017. Women’s NGOs as intermediaries in development cooperation: findings from research in Tanzania. Development in Practice 27(7): 927-939.

Baruah. B. 2017. Women on Wheels: empowering women through an innovative training and employment programme. Development in Practice 27(2): 181-195.

Baruah, B. 2017. Renewable inequity? Women’s employment in clean energy in industrialized, emerging and developing economies. Natural Resources Forum 41(1): 18-29.

Baruah, B. 2017. Renewable inequity? Women’s employment in clean energy in industrialized, emerging and developing economies. In Cohen, M.G. (ed.). Gender and Climate Change in Rich Countries: Work, Public Policy and Action. London, UK: Routledge.

Baruah, B. 2016. NGOs as Intermediaries for Slum Electrification in Urban India. In Hodson, M. & S. Marvin (eds.). Retrofitting Cities: priorities, governance and experimentations. New York: Routledge.

Baruah, B. 2016. Electrified Publics and Informal Settlements in Urban India. In McDonald, D.A. (ed.). Making Public in a Privatized World. New York and London: Zed Books.

Baruah, Bipasha. 2016. Creating and Optimizing Employment Opportunities for Women in the Clean Energy Sector in Canada. Knowledge Synthesis Report prepared for SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Symposium, Imagining Canada’s Future, June 1, 2016, University of Calgary. http://www.ideas-idees.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/uploads/general/2016/2016-sshrc_ksg-baruah_bipasha.pdf

Baruah, B. 2015. NGOs as intermediaries in post-disaster rural reconstruction: findings from research in India. Development in Practice. Accepted for publication on June 16, 2015.

Baruah, B. 2015. NGOs as Intermediaries for Pro-Poor Electrification in India: Urban Development in a Post-Neoliberal Era? Asian Journal of Social Science 43: 178-204.

Baruah, B. 2015. Creating Opportunities for Women in the Renewable Energy Sector: Findings from India. Feminist Economics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13545701.2014.990912

Baruah, B. 2015. Opportunities and Constraints for Women in the Renewable Energy Sector in India. Women and Environments International 94/95: 7-10. 

Baruah, B. 2013. Education in the Commonwealth Caribbean: findings from a national adult literacy program. Development in Practice 23(3):328–334.

Baruah, B. and M. Govindan. 2015. Engaging with Gender and Other Social Inequalities in Renewable Energy Projects. In Hostettler, S., Gadgil, A. and E. Hazboun (eds.). Sustainable Access to Energy in the Global South: Essential Technologies and Implementation Approaches. New York: Springer.

Baruah, B. 2015. Electrified Publics and Informal Settlements in Urban India. In McDonald, D.A. (ed.). Making Public in a Privatized World: The Struggle for Essential Sevices. New York and London: Zed Books.

Baruah, B. 2015. NGOs as Intermediaries for Slum Electrification in Urban India. In Hodson, M. and S. Marvin (eds.). Retrofitting Cities. London, UK: Taylor & Francis.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (Current and former graduate student co-authors’ names are bolded and underlined)

Apsani, R., Baruah, B. and J.M. Shaw. 2019. “Just One of Many Donors:” Canada and Local Civil Society in Afghanistan. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 25(3): 305-324.

 Baada, J., B. Baruah and I. Luginaah. 2019. ‘What we were running from is what we’re facing again’: examining the paradox of migration as a livelihood improvement strategy among migrant women farmers in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. Migration and Development 8(3): 448-471.

 Najjar, D., Baruah. B. & A. El Garhi. 2019. Women, irrigation and social norms in Egypt: ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same?’ Water Policy 21 (2): 291-309.

Apsani, R., Baruah, B. and J.M. Shaw.  2019. “Just One of Many Donors:” Canada and Local Civil Society in Afghanistan. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 25(3): 305-324.

Baada, J., B. Baruah and I. Luginaah. 2019. ‘What we were running from is what we’re facing again’: examining the paradox of migration as a livelihood improvement strategy among migrant women farmers in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. Migration and Development 8(3): 448-471.

Najjar, D., Baruah. B. & A. El Garhi. 2019. Women, irrigation and social norms in Egypt: ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same?’ Water Policy 21 (2): 291-309.

Najjar, D., Baruah, B., Aw-Hassan, A., Bentaibi, A. & G. T. Kassie. 2018. Women, work, and wage equity in agricultural labour in Saiss, Morocco. Development in Practice 28(4): 525-540.

Siddika, A. and B. Baruah. 2017. Can Understanding Phenomenology and Human Capabilities Help Us Address Acid Violence? South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 41(1): 153-172.

Grantham, G. and B. Baruah. 2017. Women’s NGOs as intermediaries in development cooperation: findings from research in Tanzania. Development in Practice 27(7): 927-939.

Baruah. B. 2017. Women on Wheels: empowering women through an innovative training and employment programme. Development in Practice 27(2): 181-195.

Baruah, B. 2016. Renewable inequity? Women’s employment in clean energy in industrialized, emerging and developing economies. Natural Resources Forum 41(1): 18-29.

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

Baruah, B. 2019. Sticky floors and glass ceilings: Women’s employment in the transport sector. In Crass, M. et al (eds.) Transport Connectivity: A Gender Perspective. Paris: OECD Publishing.

Najjar, D., Baruah, B. and A. El Garhi. 2018. Women and Land Ownership in Egypt: Continuities, Disruptions, Contradictions. In Emerich, Y. and L. Saint-Pierre Harvey (eds.) Access to Land and Social Issues: Precarity, Territoriality, Identity.  Montreal: Éditions Thémis.

Baruah, B. 2017. Renewable inequity? Women’s employment in clean energy in industrialized, emerging and developing economies. In Cohen, M.G. (ed.). Gender and Climate Change in Rich Countries: Work, Public Policy and Action. London, UK: Routledge.

Baruah, B. 2016. NGOs as Intermediaries for Slum Electrification in Urban India. In Hodson, M. & S. Marvin (eds.). Retrofitting Cities: priorities, governance and experimentations. New York: Routledge.

Baruah, B. 2016. Electrified Publics and Informal Settlements in Urban India. In McDonald, D.A. (ed.). Making Public in a Privatized World. New York and London: Zed Books. 

Professional Reports and Policy Briefs

Najjar, D., Baruah, B. & A. El Garhi. 2019. Women, irrigation and social norms in Egypt. GrOW Policy Brief and Working Paper. Montreal: Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Baruah, B. & A. Chaianong. 2019. Status Report on Gender Equality in the Energy Sector. Paris: International Energy Agency (IEA).

 Baruah, B. 2019. Integrating Gender Equality in Large-Scale and Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Projects. Global Affairs Canada.

 Baruah, B. 2019. Integrating Gender Equality into Small-Scale and Off-Grid Renewable Energy Projects. Global Affairs Canada.

 Baruah, B. 2019. Case Study on Social Innovation and Gender Equality: Women on Wheels. Global Affairs Canada.

Ferroukhi, R., Renner, M., Nagpal, D., García-Baños, C. and B. Baruah. 2019. Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective. Abu Dhabi: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Najjar, D., Baruah, B., and A. El Garhi. 2019. Making Egyptian women’s agricultural labour visible and improving their access to productive assets. Rabat, Morocco: International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA).

Najjar, D., Baruah, B. & A. El Garhi. 2019. Women, irrigation and social norms in Egypt. GrOW Policy Brief and Working Paper. Montreal: Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Baruah, B. & A. Chaianong. 2019. Status Report on Gender Equality in the Energy Sector. Paris: International Energy Agency (IEA). https://www.iea.org/media/topics/gender/GenderStatusReport-English.pdf

Baruah, B. 2019. Integrating Gender Equality in Large-Scale and Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Projects. Policy Paper. Global Affairs Canada.

Baruah, B. 2019. Integrating Gender Equality into Small-Scale and Off-Grid Renewable Energy Projects. Policy Paper. Global Affairs Canada.

Baruah, B. 2019. Case Study on Social Innovation and Gender Equality: Women on Wheels. Policy Paper. Global Affairs Canada.

Ferroukhi, R., Renner, M., Nagpal, D., García-Baños, C. and B. Baruah. 2019. Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective. Abu Dhabi: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). https://www.irena.org/publications/2019/Jan/Renewable-Energy-A-Gender-Perspective

Najjar, D., Baruah, B., and A. El Garhi. 2019. Making Egyptian women’s agricultural labour visible and improving their access to productive assets. Rabat, Morocco: International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA). https://repo.mel.cgiar.org/handle/20.500.11766/9428

Najjar, D., Baruah, B., Aw-Hassan, A., Bentaibi, A. and G.T. Kassie. 2018. Gendered Inequity in Wages and Working Conditions for Landless Agricultural Labourers in Morocco. Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) Policy Brief and Working Paper. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Najjar, D. Percic, M., Baruah, B., Aw-Hasson, A., and L. Stloutkal. 2018. Women, Decent Work and Empowerment in Rural Egypt. Rome: UN Food and Agricultural Organization. https://repo.mel.cgiar.org/handle/20.500.11766/7449

Baruah, B. 2018. Barriers and Opportunities for Women’s Employment in Natural Resources Industries in Canada. Ottawa: Natural Resources Canada.

Baruah, B and S. Biskupski-Mujanovic. 2018. Identifying Promising Policies and Practices for Promoting Gender Equity in Global Green Employment. Clean Economy Working Paper Series. Ottawa: Smart Prosperity Institute. https://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/resource/identifying-promising-policies-and-practices-promoting-gender-equity-global-green

Baruah, B. and C. Gaudet. 2018. Creating and Optimizing Employment Opportunities for Women in the Clean Energy Sector in Canada. Clean Economy Working Paper Series. Ottawa: Smart Prosperity Institute. https://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/resource/identifying-promising-policies-and-practices-promoting-gender-equity-global-green

 Baruah, B. 2018. Women on Wheels in New Delhi, India: Empowering Women Through an Innovative Training and Employment Program. Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) Policy Brief and Working Paper. Ottawa: IDRC.

Baruah, B. 2017. Opportunities and Constraints for Women’s Employment and Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy. GrOW Policy Brief and Working Paper. Ottawa: IDRC.

Non-refereed Research Articles, Op-eds and Blog Posts

Najjar, D. and B. Baruah. 2019. Do agricultural innovations help or hurt the poor? ICARDA. March 8. https://www.icarda.org/media/news/do-agricultural-innovations-help-or-hurt-poor

Baruah, B. and K. Grantham. 2017. Women’s NGOs are changing the world -- and not getting credit for it. The Conversation. November 30.

Baruah, B. 2017. Short-sighted commitments on women in peacekeeping. Policy Options. November 23.

Baruah, B. and A. Siddika. 2017. Acid attacks are on the rise and toxic masculinity is the cause. The Conversation. August 14.

Baruah. B. 2017. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. IDRC GrOW Research Bulletin Issue No. 2. July 3.

Baruah, B. and C. Gaudet. 2016. Confronting the Gender Gap in Canada’s Green Transition. This Changes Everything: The Leap. August 19.

 Baruah, B. and C. Gaudet. 2016. Why should Canadians care about gender equity in clean energy employment? The Hill Times. August 15. 

Baruah, B. 2016. Development Unplugged (for the Canadian Council for International Co-operation): Reconciling Economic Security, Environmental Protection & Social Justice. Huffington Post. April 1.

Baruah, B. 2016. Development Unplugged: There's a Gender Gap in The Global Renewable Energy Workforce. Huffington Post. March 8.

Conceptual Animation Videos

Women in Renewable Energy: https://vimeo.com/194718318

Why should Canadians care about gender equity in clean energy employment: https://vimeo.com/214883162

How to promote gender equity in green jobs: https://vimeo.com/258994937

Non-refereed Research Articles, Op-eds and Blog Posts

Baruah, B. 2019. Addressing the diversity challenge in energy sector recruitment. Modern Diplomacy. July 5.

Najjar, D. and B. Baruah. 2019. Do agricultural innovations help or hurt the poor? ICARDA. March 8.

Baruah, B. and K. Grantham 2017. How women’s NGOs are changing the world -- and not getting credit for it. The Conversation. 4 December.

Baruah, B. 2017. Short-sighted commitments on women in peacekeeping. Policy Options. November 23.

Baruah, B. and A. Siddika. 2017. Acid attacks are on the rise and toxic masculinity is the cause. The Conversation. August 14.

Baruah. B. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. IDRC GrOW Research Bulletin Issue No. 2. July 3.

Baruah, B. and C. Gaudet. 2016. Confronting the Gender Gap in Canada’s Green Transition. This Changes Everything: The Leap. August 19.

Baruah, B. and C. Gaudet. 2016. Why should Canadians care about gender equity in clean energy employment? The Hill Times. August 15. 

Baruah, B. 2016. Development Unplugged: Reconciling Economic Security, Environmental Protection and Social Justice. Huffington Post. April 1.

Baruah, B. 2016. Development Unplugged: There's a Gender Gap in The Global Renewable Energy Workforce. Huffington Post. March 8.