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From 2015 to 2018 Marie Lall was Pro-Vice-Provost for South Asia (inc. Myanmar) for UCL.

International Fellowships and visiting positions

  • 2023-24 - Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law, Keio University, Tokyo. 

  • 2023-24 - Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Development Studies, Toyo University, Tokyo. 

  • 2021-22 - Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Toyo  University, Tokyo.  

  • 2014 - Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan 

  • 2013 - Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2010 - Visiting Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 2009 - Visiting Faculty, Lahore University of Management Science, Lahore, Pakistan 

  • 2009 - Visiting Research Fellow, Zakir Hussain Centre for Education, JNU, India

  • 2007 - Visiting Fellow, Australia National University, Canberra, Australia          

  • 2007 - Visiting Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS, Singapore    


Research Impact

Her Myanmar work was submitted as a case study to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)


Some notable successful research grant proposals over the past five years include:

  • World Bank Grant of $390.000 to lead as Principal Investigator the research for Covenant Consult’s project: Informing Partnerships between Government and Ethnic Basic Education Providers. (April 2018-May 2019)

  • British Council Grant of £150.000 to support the Transformation of Higher Education in Myanmar led by Jonathan Dale at UCL (October 2017-October 2018)

  • MRC Foundation Grant of £600.000 by the MRC for an Integrated Health, Education and Environmental (HEE) intervention to Optimise infant feeding practices through schools and Anganwadi networks in India with Save the Children, India, IIT Delhi and JNU led by Prof Monica Lakhanpaul at UCL (Apr 2017-Apr 2019)

  • ESRC Network Grant of £72.084 for undertaking research on Equality in Public Private Partnerships (EQUIPPS) in Education and Health in India and South Africa with JNU India and Rhodes University South Africa led by Dr Jasmine Gideon, Birkbeck (Jan 2016-August 2017)

  • Granted $170,000 (£111,000) (with Ashley South) to research the politics of language in Myanmar and the relationship with the peace process. Funded by DAI and USAID. (Feb 2015 -March 2016)

  • Leading a team to investigate the role of Ethnic Political Parties in Myanmar’s reform and peace process in light of the 2015 elections for the EU and IMG, Yangon, Myanmar. Value of the project Euros 88,000 (£70,000). (Oct 2014-March 2015)


Marie Lall is often invited as a keynote speaker or to give public lectures. Some notable invitations over the past five years have included:

  • Keynote address at the Myanmar Update Conference, ANU, Canberra, March 2019

  • Keynote lectures on India’s Domestic and Foreign Policy at Keio University, Tokyo Japan, December 2018.

  • Invited as a speaker on education to the 70th independence anniversary conference at LUMS, Lahore Pakistan, April 2017.  

  • Invited to speak on Myanmar as a bridge between its neighbours to the annual ISAS conference, Singapore, March 2017. 

  • Keynote Understanding Reform in Myanmar at the international conference on Historical Preconditions and Causes for the Political Development of Present Day Myanmar at the University of Passau, Germany July 2016.

  • Invited as the first speaker at the newly opened LUMS Centre for Education, Lahore Pakistan, February 2016. Paper on Citizenship and the role of Education in Pakistan.

  • Keynote address on The role of teachers at the10th International Conference on Education at the Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan, November 2015.


Professional Associations

  • Editorial Board member Race, Ethnicity and Education (2014 onwards).

  • Editorial Board member Contemporary South Asia (2009 onwards).

  • Elected to Council of the Institute of Education (2009).

  • Elected to Senate of the Institute of Education (2004-8).

  • Member of the British Education Research Association (BERA), the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS), Burma Studies Association and the Punjab Research Group



Marie Lall Teaches on the MA Education and International Development at the UCL Institute of Education. She also teaches on the MA in Policy Studies. Between 2007-2009 she was the Programme Director for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies, covering 40 modules.

At Keio University she taught Contemporary South Asia in 2013 and 2014; at LUMS she taught Introduction to International relations (2009) and at SOAS she taught the BA and MA courses of Government and Politics of South Asia (2003-2006)

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