Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is a Fellow at the Resource Management in Asia Pacific Program at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University. Before joining the ANU, Kuntala was the Reader and Head, Geography, The University of Burdwan in India. In ANU, Kuntala teaches courses on Gender and Development, and Indigenous Peoples and Resource Projects in Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development. Kuntala has extensively researched the environmental and social impacts of the coal mining industry in India since 1993-’94, funded by the Government of India, University Grants Commission, and the Panos Institute. Kuntala has been a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency and AusAID amongst others. In ANU, she has secured several research grants and projects – the World Bank, and Australian Research Council being foremost amongst them. Kuntala’s current research interests include coal mining and community development, and informal mining as a livelihood in developing countries, and community management of water resources in South Asia, and gender issues thereof. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Gender Water Alliance, an international network promoting gender equity in access to, and the management of, water resources. Her personal website provides some links to the Forum and Network established by her.
Kuntala has written several books: Women Miners in Developing Countries: Pit Women and Others (Jointly edited with M. Macintyre), Ashgate, UK, 2006; Fluid Bonds: Views on Gender and Water, Stree, Kolkata, 2006; and Water First: Issues and Challenges for Nations and Communities, Jointly edited with Robert Wasson, forthcoming from Sage, New Delhi.