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Professor Shirin Rai

University of Warwick

Professor Shirin Rai studied at the University of Delhi (India) and Cambridge University (UK) and joined the University of Warwick in 1989. She is Director of the Leverhulme Trust Programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament. Her latest books are The Gender Politics of Development (2008, Zed Books/Zubaan Publishers) and (co-ed) Global Governance: Feminist Perspectives (2007, Palgrave). Her articles have appeared in many journals including: International Feminist Journal of Politics, Global Networks, New Political Economy, Hypatia and Signs.

Professor Rai has consulted with the United Nations' Division for the Advancement of Women and UNDP. She is on the editorial boards of International Feminist Journal of Politics, Journal of Global Ethics, Indian Journal of Gender Studies and Political Studies Quarterly. She is also the co-editor (with Wyn Grant) of Perspectives on Democratic Practice. Current research focuses on ceremony and ritual in political institutions, gender and political economy, democratisation, and governance in an era of globalisation.

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