Sara is a team player with excellent analytical and communication skills built over 25 years of applied research on water, livelihoods and social equity. She has been actively engaged in teaching and mentoring young development professionals, managing large and complex research portfolios on water, food security and climate change and advising a range of development organisations and networks, both national and global, as a board member and in other leadership capacities.
May 2009-March 2015: Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Centre, Delhi
April 2002-April 2009: Independent researcher on gender and water governance, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Senior Associate, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (Boulder, Colorado) (2003-2009)
Thematic lead on vulnerability on the following projects (www.i-s-e-t.org):
Visiting Fellow, Gender Resource Centre, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation Chennai (2003-2005)
Zwarteveen, M., Ahmed, S. and S.R. Gautam (eds.) 2012 Diverting the Flow: Gender Equity and Water in South Asia, New Delhi: Zubaan
Ahmed, S. (ed.) 2005. Flowing Upstream: Empowering Women through Water Management Initiatives in India, Ahmedabad: Centre for Environment Education and New Delhi: Foundation India Books.
Mustafa, D., Ahmed, S., Saroch, E. and H. Bell (2010) “Pinning down Vulnerability: From Narratives to Numbers,” Journal of Disasters, (online, Overseas Development Institute, London).
Ahmed, S., and E. Fajber (2009) “Engendering Adaptation to Climate Variability in Gujarat, India,” in G. Terry (ed.) Climate Change and Gender Justice, Oxfam and Practical Action.
Ahmed, S. (2008) “A Dialogue along the Jholapuri River: Addressing Water and Gender Conflicts through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships,” in K.J. Joy et al. (eds.) Water Conflicts in India – A Million Revolts in the Making, New Delhi and London: Routledge.
Ahmed, S. (2008) “Gender and Integrated Water Resources Management in South Asia: the Challenge of Community-Managed Alternatives,” in K. Lahiri-Dutt (eds.) Water First, New Delhi: Sage.
Ahmed, S. (2007) “The Gendered Context of Vulnerability: Coping / Adapting to Floods in Eastern India,” in M. Krishnaraj (ed.) Gender, Food Security and Rural Livelihoods, Kolkata: STREE.
Ahmed, S. (2007) “Getting Gender Mainstreaming in Water Right: Perceptions, Practices and Policies: Review Essay”, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2007, 9(4), pp. 583-593.
Ahmed, S. (2006) “Flowing Upstream: Negotiating Gender and Equity in Water Policy and Institutional Practice in India,” in M. Leybourne and A. Gaynor (eds.) Water: Histories, Cultures, Ecologies (eds.) Perth: University of Western Australia Press.
Ahmed, S. (2006) “Mainstreaming Gender Equity in Water Management: Policy and Practice,” in V. Ratna Reddy and S. Mahendra Dev (eds.) Managing Water Resources: Policies, Institutions and Technologies, New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Ahmed, S. (2006) “Gender, Vulnerability and Disasters: Key Concerns for Policy and Practice,” Disaster and Development, 1(1), pp. 165-178.
June 1992-March 2002: Faculty, Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA)
January 2016-2017: Visiting Professor, IRMA, teaching core course on Gender and Development
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