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Shiuli Vanaja

Shiuli is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in the field of Applied Economics and Management. Her research interests lie in the field of development and resource economics, specifically the economics of access to household drinking water in rural India. She has conducted an 18 month long field work in 30 villages of Jharkhand to collect panel data for studying the linkages between access to drinking water, women’s time use and associated health costs. She is also interested in studying the behavioral aspects of women’s decision making in a rural framework. Shiuli has an M.Phil and M.S degree 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.