Anuradha Joshi

Anuradha Joshi

Research Fellow

Anuradha Joshi is a social scientist with a PhD in Public Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA with extensive experience in policy processes and institutional analysis.

Her core focus is on state-citizen relations, specifically in areas of accountability, collective action, service delivery and bureaucratic behaviour, taking an inter-disciplinary approach to her research. She has researched issues of mobilising ‘demand’ in basic services and in the scaling-up of innovative service delivery approaches in a variety of sectors including poverty programs, basic public services, social protection, forest policy and taxation of the informal economy. Her primary country of interest is India; but she has collaborated with partners on research projects in Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam. She has extensive experience of consulting for bilateral and multilateral agencies and managing large, multi-country research projects. She has also been a member of several international advisory bodies including the Advisory Council for the World Bank Group’s Citizen Engagement Strategy and the International Experts Panel of the Independent Reporting Mechanism (the accountability arm of the Open Government Partnership).

Languages: Hindi, Marathi (fluent). Spanish, Bengali (basic).

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‘Education Out Loud’ Global Learning Partner

Education Out Loud (EOL) is a fund for advocacy and social accountability that supports civil society to be active, representative, and influential in shaping education policies to better meet the needs of communities, especially of vulnerable and marginalized populations. EOL’s overall goal...


Learning with SPARK

Learning with SPARK is an innovative action learning partnership between the Institute of Development Studies, the Accountability Research Center and the International Budget Partnership (IBP). It aims to generate knowledge from a significant new programme run by the IBP – called SPARK...


Rising Powers in International Development Programme

The Rising Powers in International Development programme is developing an evidence-base around the role of rising powers (including the BRICS countries) in development and will be producing practical policy guidance on effective approaches for engaging with them.



Durdiner (hard times) Diaries: Updates from the ground

In our Durdiner Diaries project (in Bangla, Hard times diaries), we have been tracking ‘new poor’ households in Bangladesh, studying their experiences of life before, during and after Covid. These are households that were not poor before Covid, but the impact of the pandemic made them...

17 August 2023


Durdin-er Diaries: chronicles of hard times in Bangladesh

Which governance channels do people whose livelihoods and incomes were severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic navigate while attempting to bounce back? Through a joint IDS and BIGD research project we aim to answer this question by exploring the trajectories of recovery, coping strategies,...

27 January 2023


The last days of Indian democracy

India marks its 73rd year of freedom from colonial rule on August 15th, still claiming the mantle of the world's biggest democracy and a secular state where citizens’ constitutional rights are guaranteed. But those who have been paying attention to India are not celebrating. Covid-19 has given...

Naomi Hossain
Naomi Hossain & 4 others

14 August 2020


Journal Article

Governance Diaries: An Approach to Researching Marginalized People’s Lived Experiences in Difficult Settings

International Journal of Qualitative Methods Vol 22

How do chronically poor and marginalized citizens interact with and make claims to the different public authorities that exist in fragile, conflict and violence-affected contexts? In other words, how does governance from below look like in difficult settings? Given the centrality of the...

2 February 2023

Anuradha Joshi’s recent work



Cities have a distinctive role in development processes: they are focal points for economic growth, jobs and innovation but also for poverty, inequality, vulnerability and conflict. Although we can learn from historical processes of urbanisation, there are many new development elements...



The Governance research cluster works across a number of thematic areas that are focused on ensuring citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities. Our work critically examines public authority and the institutions, networks and politics that shape it....