For her thesis, Shilpa is studying the governance of a state led child development programme, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme, at the sub-district level in Maharashtra, India. Shilpa has taken a socio-political approach to the study of governance and is seeking to identify and understand the various factors and processes that influence the functioning of the local state.
Prior to joining the DPhil programme, Shilpa was involved in setting up and leading a private sector supported grant making agency in India. She has more than a decade of experience in designing, developing and supporting projects in the areas of maternal and child health and nutrition, health systems strengthening and community participation in India.
Shilpa has a Masters in Social Work and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.