Swati Saxena, PhD

Research Lead, Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana

Swati Saxena is Research Lead at Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana, a non-profit poverty alleviation initiative working with the women of Uttar Pradesh by organising them into Self Help Groups. In this role Swati is contributing towards building the research capacities of the institution by writing research papers and exploring the interface between praxis and theory. She is interested in expanding research on community mobilisation programmes, rural health, gender issues and political participation at local levels. She wants to further develop theory of change and apply capability approach to understand multidimensional and inter-generational poverty in rural India. She has recently started working on how insights and outcomes from field/NGO level can be applied to development theories. Swati holds a PhD in Public Health and Policy from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a MPhil in Development Studies from University of Oxford. Her research interests include vaccines, immunisation policies, health policies in developing countries and medical anthropology.