Lyla Mehta is Professor at the Institute of Development Studies and Visiting Professor at Noragric at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She focuses on the politics of scarcity, gender, human rights, climate change, access to resources, and resource grabs. She has extensive research and field experience in India and southern Africa and is currently leading a project on "Transformations as Praxis" in South Asia. She is the author of Water, Food Security, Nutrition and Social Justice, The Politics of Climate Change and Uncertainty in India, and other books. She holds a PhD in development studies from the University of Sussex.