Reetika Khera

Reetika Khera studied at the Delhi School of Economics (MA and Ph.D.) and Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (MPhil). For her Ph.D., she worked with Jean Drèze and conducted a primary study of drought relief works in eight villages of Rajasthan. The thesis looked at the effectiveness of public interventions (such as relief works and the public distribution system) to prevent famines. She was a post-doctoral Research Associate at Princeton University where she worked with Angus Deaton on child nutrition. Before joining IIT-Delhi she was involved in various field activities in India including surveys, social audits and ‘research for action’ related the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). Another important part of her work has been toencourage and train university students to participate in these activities. More than 200 students from Delhi University and elsewhere have participated in surveys and other field activities under her guidance. She has published many articles in international journals, magazines and newspapers on issues of food security, NREGA, education, child nutrition and elections in India.