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 innovative 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. She has over 10 years of professional international development experience in Canada, US, India, Indonesia and the Eastern Caribbean with organizations such as the United Nations, Asian Development Bank, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Foreign Affairs Canada, the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Dr. Baruah’s scholarship is based on extensive qualitative and quantitative empirical research. It contributes not just to academic theory and research design but also to methodology, capacity building and policy formulation. Her research appears in journals such as World Development; Feminist Economics; Development in Practice; Progress in Development Studies; Canadian Journal of Development Studies; Labor Studies; Environment and Planning, Gender, Work and Organization; and Natural Resources Forum. Her 2010 book, Women and Property in Urban India, was published by the University of British Columbia Press. The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) recently 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.