Research Output per year
Lopa holds a PhD in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York, UK. She has an MPhil in Applied Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. Prior to joining Coventry University, she worked as an independent researcher in various capacities on team projects led by academics at a number of Universities in the UK. She was also engaged as a research consultant and was an honorary Non-Resident Fellow of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a regional think-tank in South Asia. In addition she has worked in a voluntary capacity with community organisations in Coventry. Her research experience and interests span a wide range of areas including: wetland conservation; agricultural sustainability; food security, gender and technology transfer in the context of climate change adaptation; reflective practices in natural disaster risk reduction; women and entrepreneurship. Her research is informed by mixed quantitative and qualitative methodologies with data collection undertaken at various sites in India and the UK. Her current research work addresses food and communities, including: food justice and food sovereignty; resilient food systems; food governance; food waste and food poverty; the role of community food growing and gardening in promoting health and well-being; and, impact of local and agroecological enterprises on sustainable and just growth. She has a keen interest in gender, health and wellbeing as a cross-cutting issue across sustainable development and environmental management studies.
Area of Expertise:
Food and communities including food poverty, food justice and food sovereignty; food and nutrition security; food waste and social supermarkets; community self-organisation for resilience; community food growing and gardening; sustainability of agro-ecological enterprises; climate change and resilience; gender, environment and development; women entrepreneurship; participatory action-research; mixed research methods; South Asia
Environment and Development; Social Enterprises; Sustainable Food Systems; Community Self-organisation for Resilience; Gender and Development; Social/Women entrepreneurship; Participatory action-research
As an environmental economist with a background in development studies, my research is driven by a primary interest in exploring the nature and impact of human interactions on the natural environment/ecosystems. Notably this includes understanding the outcomes of such interactions on food systems, livelihoods, and on human health and well-being. Key questions which guide my research are: how do the complex realities of socio-political-economic structures within which communities/groups are embedded (such as class, ethnicity, race, age and gender) mediate the experiences, vulnerabilities and capacities of women and men? What are the socially innovative ways in which state and non-state actors can create an enabling environment for vulnerable/marginalised groups, so as to promote a just and sustainable future for all? These are the questions which continue to inspire me to pursue research and support positive change at different levels.
Education / Academic qualification
Environmental Economics & Environmental Management, PhD. (Univ. of York, UK)
Applied Economics, MPhil (JNU, India)
Research output: Research › Other report
Reconnecting Communities to the Biosphere: Stewardship of urban biodiversity and food diversity through multicultural community growing initiatives in the West Midlands, UKPatnaik Saxena, L. & Owen, L. 2017
Research output: Research › Other contribution
Towards north-south interconnectedness: A critique of gender dualities in sustainable development, the environment and women’s healthSimon-Kumar, R., MacBride-Stewart, S., Baker, S. & Saxena, L. P. 4 Aug 2017 In : Gender, Work & Organization. (in press), p. (in press) 18 p.
Research output: Research - peer-review › Article
Activities per year
Activity: Participation in conference
Activity: Participation in conference
Engagement event with millet farmers in Odisha co-organised in collaboration with NIRMAN (Odisha) - 'Reviving Millets based farming for food & nutrition security' project
1 item of media coverage
Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities