Bipasha Baruah is the Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, and a professor of women’s studies and feminist research at Western University, Canada. Dr. Baruah conducts interdisciplinary research on gender, development and globalization; women and work; and social, political and economic inequality. Her research on women and property ownership and women’s employment in renewable energy and resource efficiency has influenced policy within governments, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Baruah earned a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University, Toronto in 2005.
Dr. Baruah’s scholarship is based on extensive qualitative and quantitative empirical research. It contributes to academic theory, research design, methodology, capacity building, and national and international policy formulation. She has published 1 monograph and 30 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, working papers and encyclopedia entries in the highest-ranked venues in international development and international political economy. Her research appears in World Development, Feminist Economics, Development in Practice, Progress in Development Studies, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Labor Studies, Environment and Planning, Asian Journal of Social Science, Geography Compass and Natural Resources Forum (a United Nations journal). Because her research is of applied policy relevance for governmental agencies, civil society organizations and think-tanks, Dr. Baruah also communicates research findings through non-academic venues such as The Hill Times, Huffington Post, Western News, Women & Environments International and AWID News.
In addition to her academic career, Dr. Baruah has 10 years of non-academic professional experience in international development in Canada, US, India, Indonesia, the Middle East, and the Eastern Caribbean with intergovernmental organizations, development-oriented state agencies, NGOs and other civil society organizations, bilateral and multi-lateral agencies, and private foundations. She has worked with UN organizations, the Asian Development Bank, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), World Resources Institute (WRI), World Health Organization (WHO), International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) and Global Affairs Canada. She frequently serves as an expert reviewer and advisor to international development and environmental protection organizations.
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) named Dr. Baruah to the 2015 Cohort of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. “The College” is Canada’s only national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. Every year, it names individuals who have made exceptional professional contributions to Canada and the world within 15 years of completing their doctorates.