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 is Director of Doctoral Studies at IDS and convenes the MA Gender and Development programme in addition to convening and teaching on a range of relevant modules.
Deepta currently supervises the following PhD students:
Susana Araujo whose PhD thesis is titled ‘The Dynamics of Social Movements and Countermovements around Gender Equality in Peru’.
Alexandra Obeng—Gyaaba whose PhD thesis is titled ‘Women and Political Appointment: A Study of the Local Government of Ghana’.
Meenakshi Krishnan whose PhD thesis is titled ‘The Ethics of Mainstreaming Care: A Study of the Maternity Benefit Policy in India’.
Mireille Widmer whose PhD thesis is titled ‘Influencing policing: A social network analysis of the governance of security in a secondary city in Nepal’
Betty Akyeampong whose PhD is titled ‘The Politics of Implementing LEAP in Ghana’.
Ayesha Khan whose PhD thesis is titled ‘Feminist Actors, Political Voice and Gender Policies in Pakistan’.