Dr. Shailaja Fennell is a University Lecturer in Development Studies attached to the Department of Land Economy, and a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambreidg University. She was awarded her degrees of BA, MA and MPhil in Economics from the University of Delhi, and then went on to read for her MPhil and PhD in the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. Dr Fennell is currently researching public-private partnerships in education as a member of the DfID-funded Cambridge-based consortium on educational outcomes for the poor (RECOUP). Her research interests include institutional reform, gender and household dynamics, kinship and ethnicity, comparative economic development, and education provision and partnerships. Her publications include ‘The ethics of population control’, in D. Clark, ed., The Elgar Companion to Development Studies (2006); Rules, rubrics and riches: the relationship between legal reform, institutional change and international development (forthcoming 2007); and Gender, education and equality: conceptual frameworks, engagements and agendas (ed. with M. Arnot, forthcoming 2007).