Dr Jayanthi Lingham

Dr Jayanthi Lingham is a research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.

Her research interests include feminist and critical historical approaches to gender regimes, the political economy of development, and violence and conflict. She is especially interested in the ways that dispossession and structural violence connect to and manifest in the everyday; on social reproduction; and on research at the intersection of ‘conflict’ and ‘development’.

In work package 3 in the Co-POWeR project, Jayanthi is investigating the impact of Covid-19 on older people and their paid and unpaid carers in Leicester and Coventry. Her involvement is motivated by her concern with the political economy of care work, and with the structural and racialised inequalities of pandemic responses. She also brings to the project her experience using qualitative research methods in complex and sensitive environments.

Before joining the Co-POWeR project, Jayanthi worked as a postdoctoral fellow on the Monash-Warwick Alliance funded study, Inclusive Economies, Enduring Peace: The Transformative Role of Social Reproduction (2019-21), which examined the costs of social reproductive labour in conflict-affected Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

Her PhD (SOAS 2019) examined women’s working lives in the post-war context of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province (Jaffna district). She has an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy, also from SOAS, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.