Dr Lutfun Nahar Lata

Honorary Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Overview

Dr Lutfun Nahar Lata is a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Lutfun's primary research area focuses on the Sociology of work and employment including the gig economy and the future of work.

Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. Currently, Lutfun is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland.

She has written about gig economy, urban marginality, poverty governance, housing and place-based disadvantage. She is a mixed-methods researcher with extensive experience in conducting and publishing qualitative, quantitative and digital research and working with multidisciplinary teams that include stakeholders from academia, industry and local and central governments.

Lutfun is the author of Spatial Justice, Contested Governance and Livelihood Challenges in Bangladesh (Routledge 2023). Her research has been published in journals such as Current Sociology, The Sociological Review, Sociology Compass, Gender, Work & Organization, Cities, Geographical Research, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Government Information Quarterly.

Research Interests

  • Work and employment
  • Gender, migration and development
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Social policy and governance
  • Place based disadvantage and spatial justice

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Holtum, Peter James (PJ), Lata, Lutfun and Marston, Greg (2023). Be your own boss: the role of digital labour platforms in producing migrant masculinity(ies). Migratory men: place, transnationalism and masculinities. (pp. 123-138) edited by Garth Stahl and Yang Zhao. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003353232-12

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2023). Conclusion. Spatial Justice, Contested Governance and Livelihood Challenges in Bangladesh. (pp. 180-186) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003350095-7

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2023). Introduction. Spatial Justice, Contested Governance and Livelihood Challenges in Bangladesh. (pp. 1-27) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003350095-1

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2023). Power, governance, planning and resistance. Spatial Justice, Contested Governance and Livelihood Challenges in Bangladesh. (pp. 58-84) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003350095-3

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2023). Space, the right to the city and informality. Spatial Justice, Contested Governance and Livelihood Challenges in Bangladesh. (pp. 28-57) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003350095-2

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2023). Urban governance, planning and informality in Dhaka. Spatial Justice, Contested Governance and Livelihood Challenges in Bangladesh. (pp. 85-108) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003350095-4

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2023). Urban informality, power and resistance in Dhaka. Spatial Justice, Contested Governance and Livelihood Challenges in Bangladesh. (pp. 109-145) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003350095-5

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2023). Women, space and urban informality. Spatial Justice, Contested Governance and Livelihood Challenges in Bangladesh. (pp. 146-179) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003350095-6

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2022). Poverty, gender, and informal livelihoods: access to public space and livelihood challenges in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Security, development and sustainability in Asia: volume 3: environment, sustainability and human security. (pp. 197-211) edited by Zhiqun Zhu. Singapore, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. doi: 10.1142/9789811258220_0039

  • Recio, Redento B., Chatterjee, Ishita, Nahar Lata, Lutfun and Dangol, Neeraj (2022). Whose vision, which city?. The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Volume I. (pp. 76-93) New York: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003112464-7

  • Reddel, Tim, Hand, Kelly and Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2022). Influencing social policy on families through research in Australia. Family dynamics over the life course: foundations, turning points and outcomes. (pp. 297-312) edited by Janeen Baxter, Jack Lam, Jenny Povey, Rennie Lee and Stephen R. Zubrick. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-12224-8_14

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2022). Pursuing justice for all: eviction and environmental injustice in Dhaka. The Bangladesh environmental humanities reader: environmental justice, development victimhood, and resistance. (pp. 73-85) edited by Samina Luthfa, Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan and Munasir Kamal. Lanham, MD, United States: Lexington Books.

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar and Khan, Adil M. (2021). Spatial justice, livelihood challenges and the urban poor in the Global South: lessons from Bangladesh. Handbook of development policy. (pp. 532-543) edited by Habib Zafarullah and Ahmed Shafiqul Huque. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781839100871.00057

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar and Rashid, A. Z. M. Manzoor (2020). Social forestry: principles, evolution, and implications for sustainable development. Encyclopedia of the UN sustainable development goals. (pp. 1-12) edited by Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Amanda Lange Salvia and Tony Wall. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-71065-5_148-1

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Alderton, Amanda , Villanueva, Karen , Davern, Melanie , Reddel, Tim , Lata, Lutfun Nahar , Moloney, Susie , Gooder, Haydie , Hewitt, Thea , DeSilva, Ashton , Coffey, Brian , McShane, Ian and Cigdem-Bayram, Melek (2022). What works for place-based approaches in Victoria. Part 1: A review of the literature. Richmond, VIC, Australia: Jesuit Social Services . doi: 10.25439/rmt.19304123.v1

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar, Reddel, Tim and Head, Brian (2022). Stronger places, stronger people- alignment of frameworks and funding. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Institute for Social Science Research.

  • Povey, Jenny, Cook, Stephanie, O'Flaherty, Martin, Burger, Sarah-Ann, Lee, Rennie, Liudmila Druzenko, Karlee O'Donnell, Sharma, Nikita, Lata, Lutfun Nahar, Young, Charlotte, San Martin Porter, Macarena, Hoffstaedter, Gerhard, Martin, Sean, Edwards, Ben, Baxter, Janeen and Reddel, Tim (2022). CRISP Evaluation Plan. Brisbane, QLD Australia: Institute for Social Science Research.

  • Yates, Miriam S., Curry, Matthew, Lata, Lutfun Nahar, Young, Charlotte, Porter, Dave, McDaid, Lisa and Reddel, Tim (2022). Desktop Review: Equity and Wellbeing Frameworks. Long Pocket, QLD, Australia: Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar, Curry, Matthew, Yates, Miriam, Young, Charlotte, Porter, Dave, McDaid, Lisa and Reddel, Tim (2022). Desktop Review: Queensland Equity Data. Brisbane, Australia: Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

  • Young, Charlotte, Curry, Matthew, Lata, Lutfun Nahar, Yates, Miriam, Porter, Dave, McDaid, Lisa and Reddel, Tim (2022). Desktop review: Lived expertise insights. Brisbane, QLD, Australi: Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar and Reddel, Tim (2022). Place-based approaches – a guide for the Victorian Public Service. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Institute for Social Science Research.

  • Curry, Matthew, Lata, Lutfun Nahar, Yates, Miriam, Young, Charlotte, McDaid, Lisa, Reddel, Tim and Porter, Dave (2022). Systems analysis to inform a Queensland equity framework: draft systems insight report. Brisbane, QLD Australia: Institute for Social Science Research.

  • Baxter, Janeen, Reddel, Tim, Lata, Lutfun Nahar and MacDermott, Matt (2021). Inquiry into social isolation and loneliness in Queensland. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Queensland Parliament: Community Support and Services Committee.

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2020, 11 13). Corruption complicates Bangladesh’s fight against COVID-19 East Asia Forum

  • Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2018). Counter-space: a study of the spatial politics of the urban poor in the megacity of Dhaka. PhD Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2018.691

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

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