Sirisha Naidu focuses on feminist political economy analyses of agrarian change and ecological shifts, the interweaving of production and reproduction in the economies of the global South, and informal and precarious work in the global economy. Naidu's research is driven by two broad questions that intersect environment, development and feminist economics. What are the environmental and human costs of development and environmental policies? How do working people, differentiated as they are by race/ethnicity, caste and gender, sustain themselves under global capitalism?

She is currently working on three research projects. The first studies reproductive and care labor through primary and secondary data obtained from time use surveys as well ethnographic accounts of women engaged in diverse occupations in rural and urban spaces. The second research project is focused on India and southern Africa. It investigates the importance of environment, land and agrarian economies in the Global South, including through ongoing and historical popular struggles. The third research project aims to understand the rapidly changing world of work and its impact on human health and well-being.

Naidu is Associate Professor of Economics and affiliate faculty in the Department of Race, Ethnicity and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), USA. She’s also a research associate at the Asian Political Economy program at PERI, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Environmental and Ecological Economics
Feminist Economics Economic Development Microeconomics


Academic Credentials:

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
M.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
M.Sc. Madras School of Economics, Chennai, India
B.A. Stella Maris College, Chennai, India