Shashanka Bhide

Dr 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 his retirement in December 2018. His research has covered a number of areas in agriculture, macroeconomic modelling, 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 Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of RBI and Board of Governors of the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore.

D B Gupta

D B Gupta is currently a Senior Adviser at NCAER. He was associated with the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi; National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi; the World Bank; and the Government of India as an adviser to the Planning Commission and Department of Family Welfare. He has held several honorary chairs and visiting faculty positions to institutes in India and abroad. His primary areas of interest include health economics, environmental economics, urban development, housing, Indian industry and developmental economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Birmingham, England.

Charu Jain

Charu Jain is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. Prior to this she had worked at TNS India Ltd and PHD Chamber, New Delhi. Her areas of research interest include gender and educational studies, socio-economic issues, consumer studies and developmental changes. She has worked in the area of large scale consumer studies; industrial surveys; housing studies; agriculture, steel & handloom sector; and macro-economic policy issues. Her current research focuses on looking at land related policy issues in India. Dr Jain has few national and international publications to her credit.  She received her PhD in Economics from IGNOU, New Delhi and is Gold medallist during her Master’s program from GJUST, Hisar. She has recently authored a book on the ‘Quality of Secondary Education’ in India published by Springer.

Aswani Munnangi

Aswani Munnangi is a Consultant at NCAER. His current research interests include land informatics, land consolidation, land leasing, land acquisition, and cadastral survey. At NCAER he is part of the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) team. His work has been published in Land Use Policy, Security and Privacy, and Software Quality Professional

Prerna Prabhakar

Prerna Prabhakar is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. Her areas of research include international economics and urban/land policy issues. She has also worked on trade-related areas in Research and Information System for Developing Countries and Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute for Foreign Trade. Her assignments at NCAER include  NCAER Land Records and Services Index (N-LRSI); pilot impact assessment exercise of the Digital India-Land Records Modernisation Programme ; NCAER State Investment Potential Index (NSIPI) ; providing inputs to 15th Finance Commission. She is currently involved in the integrated study of demand side NLRSI and Prindex India which is proposed to be a survey of 25 Indian States/UTs. She has also contributed papers and articles in various media. 


She has a PhD in International Trade from the Department of Business Economics, University of Delhi, and MSc in Economics from TERI University. 

Deepak Sanan

Deepak Sanan recently retired from the Indian Administrative Service, where he was attached to the state of Himachal Pradesh. He held senior positions in public finance, land governance, and the water and sanitation sectors at both the state and national levels. He also had significant tenures in the health, urban development and power sectors. Currently, he is an advisor for projects on water and sanitation and land governance at a number of institutions in India. He has been a Consultant with the World Bank, IFAD, DFID, IDS Sussex and AusAid. He has also served as the India Country Team Leader in the Water and Sanitation Program (South Asia) at the World Bank. 

Mr Sanan has been writing regularly on Centre-State relations, in particular, on creating incentives for more effective use of Central funds to overcome State budget constraints and improve governance. He has published extensively and presented papers on these issues at a number of conferences across India. Mr Sanan received his MA in Politics (IR) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and BCom (Hons.) from Delhi University. 

Anika Kapoor Yadav

Anika Kapoor is the Research Program Specialist for the Land Policy Initiative at NCAER. She is a geographer from the Delhi School of Economics and an urban planner from the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture. Prior to joining NCAER, she worked as a Senior Planner at INTACH, Assistant Professor at Amity University, and as Manager, Urban Reforms and Infrastructure (Business Development & Project Management) at IPE Global Limited. Anika has received national awards including the Prof V.N Prasad Award, 2010, Prof T.J. Manickam award 2009-10, and Prof N.S. Saini Gold medal. She is pursuing PhD in Urban Planning and Governance.