Stephanie Leder

Stephanie Leder
Postdoctoral Researcher for Social and Environmental Justice with interests in feminist political ecology, water resource management, gender and development research and geographical Education for Sustainable Development.


Stephanie Leder holds a PhD in Cultural 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. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow for Gender, Youth and Inclusive Development at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Kathmandu, 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.

Currently she is a Postdoctoral Researcher for Social and Environmental Justice at the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden. She 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”. Her book "Transformative Pedagogic Practice" is published with Springer 2018.


Revitalizing community-managed irrigation systems in contexts of out-migration in Nepal

funded by Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (2019-2023, 4.5 Mio Swedish Kronor, € 450.000 )


Institutional networks and self-organized adaptation: Tracing the democratic architectures of climate response
funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), 2019-2021, 5.6 million Swedish Kronor, €560,000, as co-investigator (PI Harry Fischer, co-investigators Forrest Fleischman, Dil Khatri and Ashwini Chhatre)


Improving water use for dry season agriculture by marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

funded by the Australian Council of International Agricultural Research, ACIAR, led by the University of Southern Queensland and the International Water Management Institute; 2014-2019

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

Leder, S., Sugden, F., Raut, M., Saikia, P., Dhananjay, J. (2019, forthcoming): ”Ambivalences of Collective Farming: Feminist Political Ecologies from the Eastern Gangetic Plains” International Journal of the Commons

Clement, F., Buisson, M., Leder, S., Balasoubramanya, S., Bastakoti, R., Karki, E., van Koppen, B., Saikia, P. (2019, forthcoming): “From women’s empowerment to food security: Revisiting global discourses through a cross-country analysis” Global Food Security.

Leder, S., Shrestha, G., Das, D. (2018, forthcoming): “Engaging with gender relations in water resource management: A participatory gender training for community groups.” New Angle – Nepal Journal of Social Science and Public Policy.

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.


Book Chapters

Leder, S., Sachs, C. (2019, forthcoming): “Intersectional Perspectives on the Gender- Agriculture Nexus: Relational life histories and additive sex-disaggregated indices” In: Sachs, C., Tickamyer, A.: Changing Gender Relations in Agrarian Transformation. Routledge.

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.


Book Reviews

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


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

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.


Issue Brief

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.


Blog Posts

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.

Leder, S., Signs, M. (2016): “Empowering women for 50-50?“ Thrive Blog. CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

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”

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.

Leder, S. (2015): “How should we engage youth in agriculture?” Thrive Blog. CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).



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