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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

Deepta is a social policy researcher with a focus on women’s empowerment and politics of policy processes. Her research interests primarily focus on the empowerment of women and girls, and its core links with their paid work and unpaid care work.

She is a dynamic project leader who has developed, fund-raised for, and implemented several research projects on social protection and gendered political economy analysis of women’s economic empowerment programmes and policies.

Deepta has extensive experience in political economy analysis, and has worked intensively on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and the Food Rights Act in India. She works closely with state and non-state partners in South Asia, and is known for her excellent organizational and managerial capabilities.

Deepta has had high impact in the policy and practice of international development, especially in relation to her work on the care economy and MGNREGA. She is an expert on mixed methods research design and qualitative methodologies, and aligns herself closely with issues of power and participation, citizen engagement and governance.

Deepta is an enthusiastic and popular teacher; she convenes the PhD programme and the MA Gender and Development programme at IDS in addition to convening and teaching on a range of relevant modules.


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Balancing unpaid care work and paid work

The 'Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women's economic empowerment programmes and policies' project aims to create knowledge about how women's economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides...


States Delivering for Poor People

This project entails an initial scoping study in Rajasthan and Western UP to firm up research questions that are relevant and useful for understanding the politics and implementation of the MGNREGA.


Deepta Chopra’s recent work