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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

Deepta is a social policy researcher with a focus on rights based policies and programming. She has extensive experience in policy analysis from a political economy perspective, mainly around the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and the Food Rights Act in India.

Deepta leads the gender work in IDS on women’s and girls’ empowerment, with her research interests focusing on gendered political economy analysis of policies for the empowerment of women and girls, and its core links with unpaid care work. She works closely with state and non-state partners in South Asia, and has designed, managed and implemented several research projects on social protection and economic empowerment.

Deepta is a core group member of the Centre for Social Protection at IDS, and has recently published an edited book, Development and Welfare States in South Asia. She has expertise on qualitative research methodologies, issues of power and participation, citizen engagement and governance and accountability issues.

Deepta is co-convenor of the IDS PhD Programme. She currently supervises four PhD students on various topics. Applications are invited from scholars wishing to pursue a PhD in any of the following subject areas:

  • Gender relations, specifically women’s economic empowerment; or the Balance between paid work and unpaid care work
  • Political economy aspects of policy formulation and implementation, specifically related to rights based policies and programming
  • Social Protection and Welfare states in South Asia



Academic links

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Connections and expertise

Programmes and centres
Centre for Social Protection
Geographical expertise
Central and South Asia India

Deepta Chopra’s recent work

Working Paper

‘How Can It Be a Problem If You Need Them Both?’ Women Juggling Paid and Unpaid Care Work in Tanzania

Published by IDS

This paper summarises the findings of mixed-methods research that was carried out in Tanzania as part of the ‘Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work: Successes, Challenges and Lessons for Women’s Economic Empowerment Programmes and Policies’ research project (2015–17). It reflects the voices and experiences of women and their household members participating in women’s economic empowerment (WEE) programmes across four sites in the rural districts of Korogwe and Lushoto in Tanga region.

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Elena Zambelli & 3 others

1 September 2017


Reframing Gender Justice in an Unequal, Volatile World: IDS’ Directions for Future Research on Gender and Sexuality in Development

Published by IDS

At a time of major changes in global politics and trends, and major shifts in international development following the establishment of the global Sustainable Development Goals in Agenda 2030, the Gender and Sexuality cluster at the Institute of Development Studies engaged in collaborative discussions and consultations over nine months with partner organisations, networks, external experts and policymakers.

1 March 2017

Journal Article

Connecting Perspectives on Women’s Empowerment

Published by IDS

This IDS Bulletin makes a timely contribution to our understanding of how ideas around empowerment have evolved and how we can move forward to expand women’s opportunities and choices and realise women’s empowerment in a meaningful way.

3 March 2016