With most of India living in rural areas, rural development is a basic precondition for development. NCAER's work on rural development examines aspects like rural employment, land allocation and rural infrastructure.
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Shashanka Bhide

Shashanka Bhide is a Senior Advisor, Research Programmes, at NCAER. He was associated with NCAER from 1982 to 2014 in different capacities. After leaving NCAER in July 2014, he took up the position of Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai until December 2018. His research has covered a number of areas in agriculture, macroeconomic modeling, infrastructure and poverty analysis. He has published extensively, including co-authoring and editing books and journal articles in these fields. Shashanka currently also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore.

 
Ruchi Jain

Ruchi Jain is a Senior 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. 

 
Laxmi Joshi

Laxmi Joshi is a Fellow at NCAER with research interests in agriculture and rural development. She has worked on issues related to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, economic benefits of weather and marine services, air pollution issues in agriculture, India’s cotton revolution, and the national policy for farmers. Before NCAER, she worked at the National Commission on Farmers and the National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research. 

 
Dinesh Kumar Tiwari

Dinesh Kumar Tiwari is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. He is an anthropologist with rich experience of conducting large scale primary household surveys, qualitative interviews and experimental data collection.  He has worked with the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, the World Bank and the Center de Sciences Humanies, Embassy of France (Palanpur Study) in the past. He is a part of the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) team and is currently working on discrepancies in income and consumption expenditure that are reported in IHDS-II. His areas of interest include migration studies, ethnographic research and experimental economics.