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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 looks at community-led initiatives organised around establishing and managing resilient food systems -- their potential & limitations. In particular, initiatives centred on food justice and food sovereignty; food waste and food poverty; social supermarkets; community food growing and gardening; and, local and agroecological enterprises. She has a keen interest in gender, health and wellbeing as a cross-cutting issue across sustainable development and environmental management. 


Area of Expertise:

Community self-organisation for resilience; social supermarkets and austerity Britain; food poverty and food justice; food and nutrition security; food waste management; 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



Research Interests

Environment and Development; Social Enterprises; Social Supermarkets; Sustainable Food Systems; Community Self-organisation for Resilience; Gender and Development; Social/Women entrepreneurship; Participatory action-research

Vision Statement

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)

External positions

Visiting Researcher, Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies

1 Dec 201631 Jul 2017

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Research Output

  • 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Other report
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Web publication/site
  • 1 Other contribution
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    How social supermarkets are filling a gap in austerity Britain

    Saxena, L. P., 23 Jul 2018

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchWeb publication/site

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    Towards north-south interconnectedness: A critique of gender dualities in sustainable development, the environment and women’s health

    Simon-Kumar, R., MacBride-Stewart, S., Baker, S. & Saxena, L. P., May 2018, In : Gender, Work & Organization. 25, 3, p. 246-263 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
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    Sustainability (Switzerland) (Journal)

    Lopa Saxena (Associate Editor)
    2 Mar 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Charitable food provision as an emergency response: sharing evidence from Canada, the USA and the UK

    Lopa Saxena (Speaker)
    5 Nov 20186 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Risk, Crisis, Disaster & Development Management Education:Future Leader Programme

    Lopa Saxena (Speaker)
    10 Jan 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Rethinking Food Aid IFAN Conference 2018

    Lopa Saxena (Participant)
    15 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Food Poverty & use of BARD workshop

    Lopa Saxena (Participant)
    18 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference