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Bipasha Baruah

Bipasha Baruah

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Bipasha Baruah

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Global Women's Issues, University of Western Ontario

PhD in Environmental Studies 2005

"The PhD at EUC enabled me to conduct innovative interdisciplinary research that drew upon global development studies, feminist economics and urban planning to study the legal, economic, social, cultural and institutional bases of women’s marginalization in property ownership."

About Bipasha Baruah

Bipasha Baruah is the Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues and a tenured full professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Baruah conducts interdisciplinary research on gender, development and globalization; women and work; and social, political and economic inequality. Her research on women and property ownership and women’s employment in renewable energy and resource efficiency has influenced policy within governments, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations.

In addition to her academic career, Dr. Baruah has 12 years of professional international development experience with organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, Asian Development Bank, World Resources Institute, The Energy and Resources Institute, Self-Employed Women’s Association, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the International Development Research Centre of Canada and Global Affairs Canada.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) named Dr. Baruah to the 2015 Cohort of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. “The College” is Canada’s only national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. Every year, it names individuals who have made exceptional professional contributions to Canada and the world within 15 years of completing their doctorates.


  • Faber Residency (Feminism), Arts, Sciences and Humanities Residency of Catalonia (October 23 to November 6, 2017)
  • Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues (2017-2022) renewed July 1, 2017
  • Faculty Scholar, Western University, Canada (2016-2018)
  • Royal Society of Canada (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (2015-2022)
  • Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues (2012-2017)


  • Baruah, B. 2016. Renewable inequity? Women’s employment in clean energy in industrialized, emerging and developing economies. Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Journal 41(1): 18-29.
  • Baruah. B. 2017. Women on Wheels: empowering women through an innovative training and employment programme. Development in Practice 27(2): 181-195.
  • Baruah, B. 2017. Short-sighted commitments on women in peacekeeping. Policy Options. November 23.