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Amrita Saha

Research Fellow

Amrita Saha is an economist with a focus on political economy and development. She works with the Rural Futures and the Business, Markets and State clusters at IDS.

Her ongoing research explores the political economy of trade protection, agricultural commercialization in Sub-Saharan Africa, innovation and inclusive structural change. Amrita holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. Her past research roles have included working with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, the Ministry of Commerce in India, WTO Geneva, and United Nations ESCAP. She has also taken up various teaching roles at IDS, LSE, SOAS, University of Sussex, and University of Bath.

Amrita has extensive experience in designing and implementing large-scale household and firm-level surveys, small-scale targeted surveys and structured interviews. Her work demonstrates a combination of rigorous quantitative modelling, qualitative methods, and the use of digital applications for survey design. She is particularly interested in working on political economy issues for India, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Business and Development Centre

The Business and Development Centre (BDC) brings together thinking from business, economics, political science and development studies to tackle critical questions on the role of business in development, focusing initially on agriculture, food and nutrition, the green economy and public health.




Study of CDC’s mobilisation of private investment

This report has been prepared at the end of a 12-month Inception Phase for the study of CDC’s mobilisation. The team is composed of staff from Itad, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Open Capital Advisors (OCA) and Ipsos MORI. Taken from the excutive summary The primary aims of the...

23 January 2019

Amrita Saha’s recent work

Past Event

South-South and Triangular Trade and Investment for Development

The rising prominence of South–South and triangular trade and investments has generated interest as a pathway to sustainable economic development. https://www.facebook.com/idsuk/videos/477476333184881/ Bringing together diverse experiences, this exciting panel of academic researchers,...

16 January 2020