Anaka Aiyar is a Post-Doctoral Associate with TCI. Her research project explores the mechanisms that explain why states in India have had disparate experiences in economic development over the last few decades. The project aims to first, explain how economic development has impacted nutrition security within each state and second, help policy makers develop targeted strategies that improve nutrition security within each state. Anaka obtained her PhD in Economics at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to her PhD, she worked for nearly half a decade in India on field based action research projects. Her projects included conducting an impact evaluation of government policy in Karnataka and conducting market research for social entrepreneurs working on improving the livelihoods of people living in rural areas of Tamil Nadu. Her research interests are driven by her passion to positively impact the lives of less privileged individuals living in developing countries.