Before my Ph.D., I worked as a policy foot soldier for two development research institutes in Delhi, India.
- I was a Research Associate at the Institute of Social Studies Trust (2008-09), and conducted qualitative data analysis on issues of social protection, women’s work in the informal economy and female entrepreneurship initiatives for the Ministry of Woman and Child Development, Government of India; the International Labor Organization and private research organizations. My field research in Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh was featured in the IDS Bulletin article "Women's Participation in the NREGA: Some Observations from Fieldwork in Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and Rajasthan" (2010)
- As Research Assistant for FORCES [Forum for Crèche and Child Care Services] at the Centre for Women's Development Studies (2008-10), I co-authored a nationwide assessment of childcare services under India's largest rural public works program, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). With a focus on the low-HDI states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the study sought to capture women's participation in the scheme through the lens of childcare provision at worksites and its impact on livelihoods across tribal, Dalit and Muslim households.
For current research on the MGNREGS, now more than a decade old, see: