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Cornell University

Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Dr. Shiuli Vanaja

Shiuli Vanaja earned her PhD in applied economics and management in 2020. She is now an assistant professor of economics at Azim Premji University in Bangalore. Her research interests lie in the field of development and resource economics, specifically the economics of access to household drinking water in rural India. As a TCI scholar, she conducted an 18-month field study in 30 villages in Jharkhand to collect panel data for studying the linkages between access to drinking water, women’s time use, and associated health costs. Shiuli has M.Phil and M.S. degrees in economics from Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. As part of her M.Phil dissertation, she researched the changes in the development status of local populations as a result of changes in the occupational structure, land availability, and forest-based livelihood practices in India. Growing up in a tribal village in India and taking part in different socio-political human rights movements have inspired and encouraged her towards a career in development economics.