Naila Kabeer collaborated with UNRISD for the programme Social Effects of Globalization and wrote three papers: "Gender, Demographic Transition and the Economics of Family Size: Population Policy for a Human-Centred Development" in 1996; "The Conditions and Consequences of Choice: Reflections on the Measurement of Women's Empowerment" in 1999; and "Leaving the Rice Fields but Not the Countryside: Gender, Livelihood Diversification and Pro-Poor Growth in Rural Viet Nam" in 2000. For the UNRISD programme Gender and Development, she co-edited a Routledge/UNRISD book "Global Perspectives on Gender Equality: Reversing the Gaze" in 2007. For the UNRISD programme Social Policy and Development, she co-edited another Routledge/UNRISD volume "Social Protection As Development Policy: Asian Perspectives" in 2010.
During the time of her collaboration with UNRISD, Naila was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. She is a social economist and works primarily on poverty, gender, and social policy issues. She is the author of "Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought", Vero, 1994 and "The Power to Choose: Bangladeshi Women and Labour Market Decisions in London and Dhaka", Verso 2000.