E14-S8 A Career in Applied Research with Economist Dr. Soumya Balasubramanya

Summary & Key Takeways

“If you have privilege, use it to do good” is just one of the many tips that came out of an amazing conversation with poverty and development researcher Dr. Soumya Balasubramanya.

Soumya’s applied research focuses on poverty and development challenges in Asia and Africa at the nexus of water, food, health and energy.  Her methods include program evaluation, micro-econometrics and non-market valuation.   She incorporates a strong gender, equity and environment perspective into her work.

In Episode 14 of Season 8, learn about Soumya’s middle class Indian upbringing and how she couldn’t become a volcano expert so she became an economist instead. Soumya reflects on her amazing research career after her PhD from Duke University; how she uses research to inform policy, works with diverse stakeholders including governments and civil society, and to course-correct ongoing investments and programs.

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 ***Episode recorded on April 12th, 2021

Key Links

Soumya Balasubramanya

CGIAR- global research partnership

Soumya’s Linkedin

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