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