Bipasha Baruah



Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues

Tier 2 - 2012-07-01
Western University
Social Sciences and Humanities

519-661-2111, ext./poste 86316
bbaruah@uwo.ca

Coming to Canada from


California State University, USA

Research involves


Conducting interdisciplinary research on gender, property ownership and ‘green’ livelihoods.

Research relevance


This research will develop theories, methodologies and analytical frameworks for conducting interdisciplinary research on gender and property ownership, and on women’s ability to participate in low-carbon economies of the future.

Gender, Property Ownership and Green Livelihoods


Women make up half of the world’s population and perform two-thirds of the world’s working hours. But they receive only one-tenth of global income and own only one-hundredth of the planet’s property.

To date, much of the research on gender and development has focused on inequalities between men and women with respect to wages, educational opportunities, schooling outcomes, mortality and morbidity, and more recently, political participation and representation.

Dr. Bipasha Baruah, Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, will identify the social, economic, legal, cultural, political and institutional factors that influence women’s ability to own property. She will develop theories, methodologies and analytical frameworks for conducting interdisciplinary research on gender and property ownership.

Baruah will also explore the opportunities and constraints that women face in securing equitable, healthy and decent jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in low-carbon economies in different world- regional contexts.

Findings from this research will help governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to formulate appropriate policy responses to women’s needs for land, housing and sustainable livelihoods.