Lopita Huq has been working as a Research Fellow in BIGD (former BDI) since April 2007. Lopita uses mixed methods in her research. As an anthropologist, she leads the qualitative research component of various projects. This entails designing the methodology, developing research tools, training research team, conducting field research and/ or supervising fieldwork and analysing the data. Simultaneously she contributes to the quantitative research components developing survey questionnaires, training survey investigators, and is involved extensively in quantitative data analysis. Additionally she has produced a number of audio-visual communication materials (documentaries, digital stories, participatory videos) under various research projects.
Prior to BIGD, Lopita Huq has worked mainly with Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), The Population Council and in collaborative research with various universities based in the UK University of Sussex, London School of Economics and Political Science and elsewhere.
Lopita Huq received her MA degree in Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in 1993 followed by an MA in Cultural Anthropology at the New School for Social Research, NY, USA in 1997 where her area of concentration was gender. She is trained in the use of qualitative and quantitative data analysis programmes and in audio visual tools such as digital storytelling and participatory video making.
Her expertise lies in conducting empirical research. Her main area of interest is in the lived realities of Bangladeshi women encompassing various aspects of her life including adolescence, education, marriage, work, violence, etc. At a broader level, she has worked on gender rights, citizen rights, and policies related to women’s rights and empowerment. She is particularly interested in contextual analysis and its varied impact on women’s lives.
Lopita has published book chapters, national and international working papers and research reports as well as a number of articles in international peer reviewed journals.