Ms Jaya Lekshmi Nair is a Senior Research Associate with the Council. She has a post-graduate degree in physics from the University of Kerala. With over ten years of research experience in the field of rural development, agriculture and gender studies, her areas of interest are agriculture and gender studies. She has co-authored a paper with Dr T. Haque entitled, Ensuring and Protecting the Land Leasing Rights of Poor Women in the volume, Developing Countries: Challenges and Pathways to be published by Concept Publications. Presently, she is working as a coordinator on a project on Land Governance Assessment Framework India, sponsored by the World Bank, Washington, DC. She has earlier worked with Landesa and Indicus Analytics. She has a number of research articles to her credit.