Prof. Rai directed a Leverhulme Trust funded programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (2007-2011) which explored themes of political rituals, symbols and architecture in politics. Her research interests are in performance and politics, political institutions and the political economy of development. She is the author of The Gender Politics of Development (2008, Zed Books/Zubaan Publishers) and editor of Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (2010) with Rachel E Johnson, Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (Palgrave, 2015) and with Janelle Reinelt, The Grammar of Politics and Performance (Rouledge, 2015).is the author of Gender and Political Economy of Development (2002, Polity Press). Her articles have appeared in journals including: International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Studies Review, New Political Economy, Hypatia and Signs. She has consulted with the United Nations’ Division for the Advancement of Women and UNDP. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of International Feminist Journal of Politics, Politics and Gender, Global Ethics and Indian Journal of Gender Studies and Political Studies Quarterly.
Prof Rai's three main research strands