We have a dynamic team of experienced people in LANSA, and an impressive, and influential advisory group

Haris Gazdar

Haris Gazdar is a Senior Researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research. He has contributed widely to social science research and policy debates in Pakistan and elsewhere, and has taught as well as conducted academic research in the UK, India, and Pakistan. Besides academic and consultancy assignments, Haris has worked as an honorary adviser to research programmes, government and non-governmental organizations. His current research interests include poverty, hunger and nutrition, and social protection. He is also interested in innovative methods for making social science research more democratic.  Haris has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. 


Haris leads LANSA work in Pakistan and is member of the Consortium Steering Group.  

Jeff Waage

Jeff Waage, OBE, is Director of the London International Development Centre, a Professor at SOAS, University of London, and holds visiting positions at Imperial College, Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has a particular passion for interdisciplinary research, and current research interests in international biosecurity policies, emerging diseases and capacity building in higher education for development.


Jeff is a member of the Consortium Steering Group

Jim Sumberg

 Jim Sumberg is an agriculturalist by training and has over 25 years’ experience working on small-scale farming systems and agricultural research policy in sub- Saharan Africa and Latin America. He currently works as a research fellow at IDS, focusing on young people and agriculture and the emergence of the Livestock Revolution.

Previously he served as Programme Director at The New Economics Foundation and Senior Lecturer in Natural Resource Management in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia. He has also held research positions at WADRA - the Africa Rice Centre, the International Livestock Centre for Africa, CARE International and the Gambian Livestock Department. 


Jim is a member of the Consortium Steering Group.

John McDermott

John leads the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health. Previously, he was deputy director general and director of research at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi.

John’s research has focused on public health, animal health, and livestock research in developing countries, primarily Africa. He has led projects on zoonotic and emerging diseases in Asia and Africa.


John is a member of the Consortium Steering Group.

Madhura Swaminathan

Madhura Swaminathan is Professor at the Economic Analysis Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, and Chairperson of the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. She was a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy from 2013-15. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Agrarian Studies. Her interests are in development economics, agriculture, food security, the informal sector, human development, poverty and inequality, and women in the work force.

She is the author of Weakening Welfare: The Public Distribution of Food in India (2000; also in Telugu and Tamil translations). She has co-edited, with V. K. Ramachandran, Agrarian Relations in Less Developed Countries (2002), Financial Liberalization and Rural Credit (2005) and Dalit Households in Village Economies (2014). 


Madhura is a member of the Consortium Steering Group

South Asia Focus

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This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies



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