Professor Lall is a South Asia expert (India, Pakistan and Burma/Myanmar) specialising in political issues and education. She has over 25 years of experience in the region. Her research interests focus on education policy in India, Pakistan and Myanmar with regard to gender, ethnicity and social exclusion, the formation of national identity, and the linkage between national identity, citizenship and education. She also works on the politics of South Asia including domestic politics, political economy, foreign policy, geopolitics of energy, migration and Diaspora politics, citizenship, ethnic peace and conflict issues. She has written widely on these topics and is the author/editor of 10 books. Her most recent books include Youth and the National Narrative Education, Terrorism and the Security State in Pakistan (with Tania Saeed, Bloomsbury 2020) and Myanmar's Education Reforms- A Pathway to Social Justice? (UCL Press, 2021).
She has been instrumental in providing thought leadership to development agencies, policy makers and governments in the region and internationally. She has worked with the World Bank, UNICEF, the British Council, AUSAID, South Asian philanthropic bodies as well as various government ministries. She appears regularly on BBC News 24/ BBC World, Sky TV, Aljazeera TV and BBC Radio (World Service) and gives interviews on politics and international relations in South Asia. In 2019 her work was honoured at the House of Commons and she was named as one of the 100 most influential people on UK-India relations.
Professor Marie Lall completed her B.Sc. Economics and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) and her MPhil from Cambridge University.
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