I am a global health and development researcher with 17 years of research experience, focused on 12 developed and developing countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
My research career in global health and development started in 2005 with a 4-month internship at the Population and Social Integration Section of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Thailand.
Following are a few related highlights of my career ever since -
Health and justice - My doctoral thesis - submitted at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany) - was published by the Oxford University Press as A shot of justice: Priority-setting for addressing child mortality in 2019. It was reviewed in the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), while the Centre for Management of Health Services (CMHS), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad (India) developed a podcast on it.
G7/G20 - I collaborated with some of the most distinguished global health scholars to develop health policy briefs for the G7 and G20 as part of the Think7 (T7) and Think20 (T20) fora in 2017, 2021 and 2022. I also had the opportunity to support the development of Government of India’s health position in the G20 in 2018 and 2019.
World Health Summit - Spoke at the inaugural session of its North America regional meeting (8-9 May 2017 in Montréal, Canada).
Global conference on antimicrobial resistance - Participated in the Call to action on antimicrobial resistance (19-20 November 2018 in Accra, Ghana), organized by the Governments of UK, Thailand and Ghana, United Nations Foundation, the World Bank and Wellcome Trust. I was listed in the Ghana Declaration as one of the 6 participants supporting it.
Jobs and development - Co-developed and led at ICRIER a World Bank HQ project on Jobs and development: Creating multidisciplinary solutions with the Bank and partner institutions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa during 2013-15. Co-authored a volume - Freedoms, fragility and job creation: Perspectives from Jammu and Kashmir, India - an initial draft of which was presented in a conference at the World Bank HQ in 2016.
Global Development Press - Set up the Press in London in September 2022 to diversify development voices and visions.
India's health policies and programs - Established Health Policy Initiative (HPI) at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi in 2014, through which we contributed to evidence-based national policymaking on chronic diseases, health sector regulation, health surveys, etc. Our research was funded by the Governments of UK, Japan and India; WHO, ILO and the World Bank; Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS); OXFAM; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as well as others. To develop policy lessons for India, we conducted 1,000+ semi-structured stakeholder interviews in 12 countries (India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, China, South Africa, UK, Germany, Switzerland, USA and Canada).
Health of the nation - Discussions on health in India have been fragmented. Prof Irudaya Rajan and myself brought out an edited volume, Health of the nation: Perspectives for a new India, published by the Oxford University Press in 2020, with 25 chapters by 46 experts from around the world providing a critical overview of various aspects of health in India.
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