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Manjistha Banerji

Manjistha Banerji is a consultant at NCAER- NDIC. Trained as a social demographer, her principal interests are in family sociology, social stratification, gender development, education policy and development in India and survey methods. Her present assignment includes research on gender and household structure, including innovative ways of capturing information pertaining to them in large scale surveys. Manjistha has a diverse experience of research in the development sector and the academia and has taught briefly as well. She completed her PhD from University of Maryland.

 
Debasis Barik

Debasis Barik is a 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 a 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.

 
Bijay Chouhan

Bijay Chouhan is working as Data Manager with NCAER’s new National Data Innovation Centre. His interest area includes advanced data and IT technologies. Bijay has an experience of  around 15 years in applying information technology to processes and systems. An IT professional with considerable experience in managing and analysis of high volume of primary/ secondary dataset,  he has been associated with many national/international think-tanks and institutes as IT and Data consultant.

 
Sonalde Desai

Sonalde Desai is a Professor 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.