Stephanie Leder received a four-year Mobility Grant of FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning for the project “Revitalizing community-managed irrigation systems in contexts of out-migration in Nepal” (2019-2023) with collaborations as visiting scientist/fellow at IDE (UK), UBC (Canada), SIAS (Nepal) and UNU-EHS (Germany).
From 2014-2017 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow for Gender, Poverty and Institutions at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Nepal, and led studies in inter- and transdisciplinary projects within the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Program “Water, Land and Ecosystems” in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Cologne, Germany. She studied geography, English, biology and educational sciences at the University of Cologne and the University of New Brunswick, Canada. For her PhD thesis, she conducted empirical research on Education for Sustainable Development in policy, textbooks and practice by examining geography teaching on water resources at secondary schools in Pune, India.
Her book "Transformative Pedagogic Practice" is published with Springer 2018.
Revitalizing community-managed irrigation systems in contexts of out-migration in Nepal (PI)
funded by FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (2019-2023, 4.5 Mio Swedish Kronor, € 450.000 )
Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK
Leila Harries, Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), University of British Columbia, Canada
Dil Khatri, Southasia Insititute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), Kathmandu, Nepal
Kees van der Geest, UN University - Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn, Germany
Improving water use for dry season agriculture by marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (Researcher)
funded by the Australian Council of International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) 2014-2020
Erik Schmidt, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia
Fraser Sugden, Birmingham University,
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and 10 more partners, see
BRACED - Anukulan: Developing climate resilient livelihoods for local communities in western Nepal through small farmer investment in climate-smart technologies (Researcher)
funded by DFID, UK- Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) 2014-2017 (Researcher)
Partners: iDE Nepal, IWMI and more, see
Ph.D. in Landscape Planning, SLU/Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
Happiness Mlula: Water governance in small towns: The role of local actors in domestic water service provision in Kabuku, Tanzania
M.Sc. Rural Development and Natural Resource Management, SLU
Sadiq Zafrullah (2019): Gendered irrigation technology adoption in Northwest Bangladesh (Master thesis, scholarship from CSIRO/ACIAR Australia)
Erik Nisingitzwe (2019): The effects of rural out-migration on agrarian livelihoods in Rwanda (Master thesis)
M.A. Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Saloni Sinha (2020): The role of NGOs in promoting Life skills education for children from low-resourced schools in urban India
Publikationer i urval
Leder, S. (2018): “Transformative Pedagogic Practice. Education for Sustainable Development and Water Conflicts in Indian Geography Education“ Singapore: Springer Publisher. Education for Sustainability Book Series. ISBN 978 – 981 – 13-2368 -3.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Sugden, F., Agarwal, B.; Leder, S.; Saikia, P.; Raut, M.; Kumar, A.; Ray, D. (2020): "Experiments in farmer collectives in eastern India and Nepal: process, benefits and challenges" Journal of Agrarian Change. 1-32.
Ravula, P., Kasala, K., Pramanik, S., Duche, V., Yadav, U., Whitbread, A., Singh, R., Garg, K., Leder, S. (2020): Gender transformative impacts from watershed interventions: Insights from a mixed methods study in the Bundelkhand region, India. Transactions of the ASABE 63 (1): 153-163.
Leder, S., Sugden, F., Raut, M., Ray, D., Saikia, P.(2019): ”Ambivalences of Collective Farming: Feminist Political Ecologies from the Eastern Gangetic Plains” International Journal of the Commons 13(1): 105-129.
Clement, F., Buisson, M., Leder, S., Balasubramanya, S., Saikia, P., Bastakoti, R., Karki, E., van Koppen, B., (2019): “From women’s empowerment to food security: Revisiting global discourses through a cross-country analysis” Global Food Security 23. 160-172.
Leder, S., Shrestha, G., Das, D. (2019): “Transformative engagements with gender relations in agriculture and water governance.” New Angle: Nepal Journal of Social Science and Public Policy 5 (1): 128-158.
Leder, S., Khatri, D., Ojha, H., (2019): “EDITORIAL: Water security and inclusive water governance in the Himalayas” New Angle: Nepal Journal of Social Science and Public Policy 5 (1): 1-6.
Leder, S., Clement, F., Karki E. (2017): “Reframing women’s empowerment in water security programs in Western Nepal” Gender and Development 25 (2). 235-251.
Leder, S., Bharucha, E. (2015): “Changing the Educational Landscape in India by Transnational Policies: New Perspectives Promoted through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)” ASIEN 134 (1): 167-192.
Chandramukhee, Leder, S. (2013): “Dowry practices and gendered space in urban Patna/India” Gender Forum 42: 54-69.
Arora-Jonsson, S., Leder, S. (2020): “Gender Mainstreaming in Agricultural and Forestry Institutions” In: Sachs, C, Sexsmith, K., Jensen, L., Castellanos, P.: Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture. New York: Routledge. 15-31.
Leder, S., Sachs, C. (2019): “Intersectionality on the Gender- Agriculture Nexus: Relational life histories and additive sex-disaggregated indices” In: Sachs, C.: Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations. Changing relations in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Routledge Earthscan. p. 75-92.
Leder, S. (2015): “Feldforschung, Dokumentenanalyse, und Aktionsforschung – Ein geographiedidaktisches Forschungsdesign für den internationalen Kontext” (Fieldwork, document analyses and action research – a geography education research design for international contexts). In: Budke, A., Kuckuck, M.: Geographiedidaktische Forschungsmethoden. Berlin: Praxis neue Kulturgeographie. Lit-Verlag. 269-291.
Leder, S. (2015): “Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung durch Argumentation im Geographieunterricht” (Education for sustainable development through argumentation in geography teaching). In: Budke, A. et al.: Fachlich Argumentieren lernen. Münster: Waxmann. 138-150.
Leder, S. (2014): “Barrieren und Möglichkeiten einer Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung in Indien” (Barriers and opportunities for Education for Sustainable Development in India). In: Hemmer, I., Müller, M. & Trappe, M. (Hrsg.): Nachhaltigkeit neu denken. Rio + X. Impulse für Bildung und Wissenschaft. (Re-thinking sustainability. Rio + X. Impulses for Education and Science). München: Oekom-Verlag. 195-201.
Leder, S. (2017): “Gender Issues in Water and Sanitation Programmes: Lessons from India” South Asian Water Studies – SAWAS Journal. Special Issue on Water Justice, Gender and Disability 6(1). 59- 62.
Leder, S. (2015): “Uncovering schooling ideals and student culture: the case of India” Book Review of Thapan, Meenakshi (Ed.): Ethnographies of Schooling in Contemporary India. Books and Ideas.net
Conference Papers (published)
Leder, S. (2017): „Farmer collectives and shifting gender relations in the Eastern Gangetic Plains” International Association for the Studies of the Commons (IASC). Digital Library of the Commons. 35 pages.
Leder, S. (2017): “Auswirkungen der Emigration auf die landwirtschaftlichen Strukturen in der östlichen Gangesebene” (Migration effects on agrarian structures in the Eastern Gangetic Plains). Südasien 5: 22-25.
Leder, S. (2014): “Das indische Bildungssystem im Wandel: Zwischen traditionellen Unterrichtspraktiken und dem Anspruch einer Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung” (The Indian educational system in change: between traditional teaching practices and the call for Education for Sustainable Development). Südasien 2: 18-21.
Research Reports (published)
Schmidt E, F Sugden, M Scobie, M Mainuddin, S Leder, R Mishra, B Thapa, R Bastakoti, S da Silva (2019). Improving water use for dry season agriculture by marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. 114 p.
Schmidt E, F Sugden, M Scobie, M Mainuddin, S Leder, R Mishra, B Thapa, R Bastakoti, S da Silva (2019). Improving water use for dry season agriculture by marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains Addressing constraints of irrigated agriculture by women and marginal farmers. Project Summary. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. 20 p.
Sugden, F., Stephanie Leder, Bina Agarwal, Panchali Saikia, Manita Raut, Anoj Kumar, Dhananjay Ray. (2018). Farmer collectives to overcome agrarian stress and inequalities: learnings and opportunities from the Eastern Gangetic Plains. Working Paper. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
Leder, S. (2018): Gender relations in irrigation and collective farming. Chapter of the Final Report of the Project “Dry-season irrigation for marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains. Australian Center of International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
de Silva, S., Leder, S. (2017): “Agricultural innovations for water security in North West Bangladesh from institutional, gender, food and livelihood security perspectives. Groundwater irrigation technology adoption in Rangpur and Thakurgaon Districts” IWMI-DSI4MTF Project Report. 72 pages.
Leder, S. (2017): “Gender norms and relations in an agricultural watershed project in Jhansi, India. A qualitative gender study of the ICRISAT-CAFRI project “Enhancing groundwater recharge and water use efficiency in SAT region through watershed interventions in Parasai-Sindh“ funded by the Coca-Cola India Foundation for Rural Water Infrastructure. WLE-IWMI Project report, unpublished.
Leder, S. (2016): “Linking Women’s Empowerment and their Resilience. Literature Review” BRACED/CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). 27 pages.
Leder, S. (2015): “Gendered Access to Water within the Feminisation of Agriculture”. IWMI Project Report for “Dry-season irrigation for marginal and tenant farmers”, Australian Center of International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), unpublished.
Theses (Published Monographs)
Leder, S. (2016): “Pedagogic practice and the transformative potential of Education for Sustainable Development. Argumentation on water conflicts in geography teaching in Pune/India” PhD thesis. Universität zu Köln. KUPS - Kölner UniversitätsPublikationsServer.
Leder, S. (2010): “Zugang zur Gesundheitsversorgung für Kinder in Mumbai, Indien.” (Access to health care services for children in Mumbai, India). Master thesis, Universität zu Köln. KUPS - Kölner UniversitätsPublikationsServer.
Participatory Gender Training Manual
Leder, S., Das, D., Reckers, A., Karki, E. (2016): “Participatory Gender Training for Community Groups. A Manual for Critical Discussions on Gender Norms, Roles and Relations“ CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). 50 pages.
Sugden, F., Schmidt, E., Leder, S. et al. (2018): Improving dry season irrigation for marginal and tenant farmers through collective farming. Policies and Institutional Framework for Effective Water Management at a Local Level in the Eastern Gangetic Plains.
Leder, S. (2015): “Engaging youth in water, land and ecosystems“ CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).
“Participatory Gender Training for Community Groups. Experiences from Nepal. IWMI-media, 12 minute documentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir0snUnE4mc&t=1s
Leder, S. & Shrestha (2020): Covid-19, gender and small-scale farming in Nepal. Penn State Blog – Gender, Food, Agriculture and the Coronovirus
Shrestha, G. & Leder, S. (2020): To counter COVID-19 in Nepal, we must support small-scale women farmers. Thrive Blog. CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).
Kadfak, A. & Leder, S. (2019): What does male out-migration mean for women in rural South Asia? SIANI - Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative
(2018): Gender and space in the neo-liberal academy? Reflections from a feminist geographies summer school. Gender, Place and Culture - a journal for feminist geography.
Leder, S. & Clement, F. (2017): Why access to water may not benefit all women equally. Oxfam Policy & Practice. https://views-voices.oxfam.org.uk/general/2017/09/access-to-water-women/
Leder, S., Signs, M. (2016): “Empowering women for 50-50?“ Thrive Blog. CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2016/03/07/empowering-women-50-50
Leder, S., Das, D. (2016): “A gender-sensitive approach to dry season irrigation: Piloting a participatory gender training for farmers in Saptari, Nepal” ACIAR-Project Blog on Improving water use for dry season agriculture by marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains” http://dsi4mtf.usq.edu.au/dsi4mtf/a-gender-sensitive-approach-to-dry-season-irrigation-piloting-a-participatory-gender-training-for-farmers-in-saptari/
Leder, S. (2016): “A space to reflect. Reflections of a postdoc at the Gender Research and Integrated Training (GRIT) for CGIAR post-doctoral fellows at Pennsylvania State University“ CGIAR Gender in Agriculture Network Blog. https://gender.cgiar.org/a-space-to-reflect/
Leder, S. (2015): “How should we engage youth in agriculture?” Thrive Blog. CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2015/12/01/how-should-we-engage-youth-agriculture
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