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Debasis Barik

Debasis Barik is an Associate Fellow at NCAER, working with the Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS) team. His research interests lie in public health, demography, migration, gender, labour and social security. His dissertation was centered on the health and economic implications of ageing population in Indian states. His current research focuses on health and health systems.  His other research interests include analysing the issues arising out of demographic transition in India. 

 
Pallavi Choudhuri

Pallavi Choudhuri is an Associate Fellow at NCAER, working with the National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC). Her ongoing research delves into issues related to gender, financial inclusion, and development, using applied micro-econometric tools. Previously at NCAER, she has worked on assessing challenges to skill development and workforce participation and on examining the pace of business regulatory reforms. Prior to joining NCAER, Choudhuri taught courses in Economics and Finance at the Grand Valley State University and the University of Wyoming. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Wyoming, where her research focused on risks and regulation in the U.S. banking industry.

 
Sonalde Desai

Sonalde Desai is a Senior Fellow at NCAER with a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. She directs the NCAER-National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC), a newly established Centre by NCAER with its consortium partners, University of Maryland and University of Michigan. She is an internationally known demographer whose work deals primarily with human development in developing countries with a particular focus on gender and class inequalities. While most of her research focuses on India, she has also undertaken comparative studies across South Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. At present, Sonalde Desai is leading the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), India’s only nationally representative panel study with interviews in 2004–05 and 2011–12. The next wave of IHDS is planned for 2019-20. The IHDS is used by over 9,000 users worldwide and has led to nearly 500 papers and dissertations. Desai is a member of the editorial committee of Population and Development Review and has served on the editorial advisory boards of many Indian and international journals. At present, she chairs the International Outreach Committee of the Population Association of America.   

She has published articles in a wide range of Indian and international sociology and demography journals and is a frequent contributor to The Hindu.

 
Ruchi Jain

Ruchi Jain is a Research Analyst at NCAER with a background in Population Studies. Her areas of research interest are maternal and child health, reproductive and sexual health, migration and rural development. At NCAER, she has worked on various projects like IDRC, HDPI and Rural Housing.  She holds a doctorate degree in population studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai. Her thesis focused on the risky behaviours of the single migrant women in Delhi. She was a recipient of the UGC-NET fellowship for her PhD at IIPS. 

 
Charu Jain

Dr Charu Jain is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. Prior to this she had worked at TNS India Ltd and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), New Delhi. Her areas of research interest include socio-economic issues, gender and educational studies, consumer studies and developmental changes. She has worked in the area of large scale consumer studies, industrial surveys, housing studies, agriculture and macro-economic policy issues. Her current research focuses on the agricultural outlook and handloom sector. She received her PhD in Economics from School of Social Sciences (SOSS), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi.