|She trained as a sociologist (University of Vienna) and has a Ph.d. in Development Studies (University of Sussex). She uses the case of water and sanitation to focus on the politics of gender, scarcity, rights and access to resources, resource grabbing, power and policy processes. Her work also displacement and resistance and climate change and uncertainty from ‘below’. She has extensive research and field experience in India and southern Africa. Lyla has engaged in advisory work with various UN agencies and has also been active in advocacy and activist work on gender, environment and development issues with NGOs and social movements in Europe and India. Relevant publications include? Flows and practices. The politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in southern and eastern Africa, The Limits to Scarcity: Contesting the Politics of Allocation and Displaced by Development: Confronting Marginalisation and Gender Injustice. She is currently editor of the journal Environment and Planning E, Nature and Space.