Rasha Hasan Lala

Manager - Research Office | rlala at iihs dot ac dot in


2016    MA Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
2013    BSc Economics, Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune



Countries: India
States: Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka
Cities: Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bengaluru
Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu

Rasha supports the administration of the IIHS Research Programme through management of processes including funding landscape mapping and research ethics. Her work involves knowledge creation around these themes, with a focus on social science institutions in the Global South. As UFP Faculty, she supports the key functions of outreach and admissions, and is actively involved in the Practica, Projects, and Electives components in various capacities.


Rasha has done her B.Sc in Economics from Symbiosis International University and a M.A in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Prior to IIHS, she has a demonstrated history of working in the affordable housing sector with various stakeholders such as government bodies and the private sector. At IIHS, Rasha’s research and practice focusses on affordable housing and its intersections with social and human development.

Other Writing

  • Sohane, N., Lall, R., Chandran, A., Lala, R., Kapoor, N., & Gajjar, H. (2021). Home as workplace: A spatial reading of work-homes. Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing. https://doi.org/10.24943/HWSRWH10.2021
  • Harish, S., & Lala, R. (2020, May 06). Rent control amidst pandemic. The Hindu.
  • Lala, R., John, V., & Singh, P. (2023, June 28-30). A case study of ethical research conduct in the Global South: Traversing the distance between Research and Practice. Paper presented at the DSA conference on Crisis in the Anthropocene: Rethinking connection and agency for development. University of Reading.
  • Sohane, N., & Lala R. (2023, 25 June – 1 July). Navigating the work-home boundary: Socio-spatial reading of home as workspace. Paper presented at the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology. Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre; International Sociological Association. https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress/melbourne-2023