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Amrita Saha - Research Officer

Rural Futures; Business, Markets and the State
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Amrita holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. Her current post-doctoral roles include data management officer for the consortium on Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) at IDS and as visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her ongoing research explores the political economy of trade protection, agricultural commercialisation in Sub-Saharan Africa, innovation and inclusive structural change. 

Amrita works with Rural Futures and Business, Markets and State cluster at IDS. Her research roles have also included work with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London; with the Ministry of Commerce in India, WTO Geneva, ITAD and United Nations ESCAP. She has also taken up various teaching roles at SOAS, at the University of Sussex, and University of Bath. She is particularly interested in working on political economy issues for India and developing countries.

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.

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Pathways to Inclusive Development through Innovation, Technology and Change is developing a framework to analyse alternative pathways that link different forms of technological innovation, and evaluate resulting structural change and inclusion outcomes in low-income countries.

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Inclusive Structural Change: Case Studies on Innovations in Breeding Practices in Kenya and Anti-Retroviral Therapy Service Provision in Mozambique

IDS Working Paper 505 (2018)

Innovation, accompanied by structural change, is at the heart of economic growth and development. Yet there is limited evidence to understand interactions between innovation, structural change and inclusion in the context of low-income and emerging countries, or how these processes best support sustainable and inclusive societies. More details

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Join Hands or Walk Alone? Evidence on Lobbying for Trade Policy in India

ARTNeT 167 (2017)

India has aligned to the importance of international trading systems while partaking a degree of independence in its trade policy formulation. The latter stance is often linked to domestic state business relations that have organised in expressing specific needs of developing countries. More details

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Inclusive Innovation, Development and Policy: Four Key Themes

IDS Bulletin 47.2A (2016)

Building on these ideas from the IDS 50th Anniversary Conference in July 2016, this article links them with the Heeks Ladder of Inclusive Innovation to discuss the prospects for further inclusive innovation and development. More details

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States, Markets and Society – New Relationships for a New Development Era

IDS Bulletin 47.2A (2016)

‘How does change happen?’ and ‘How should change happen and how can it be enabled?’ are key questions analysed in this IDS Bulletin, drawing on the Institute of Development Studies’ reflections on States, Markets and Society as a theme of its 50th Anniversary year. More details

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Book Review: Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Foreign Trade Review 51.4 (2016)

Following the introduction, the report commences with an assessment of the global economic outlook (Chapter 1) and how this impacts the economic sub-regions of South and Southeast Asia. It evaluates the ASEAN and India both in terms of growth prospects and development. With this perspective, the assertion is to ensure the ‘effectiveness’ of regional integration to combat repercussions from global slowdowns. More details

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