About Me

 

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DSCF0121 (2) I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. My PhD is in public policy and political economy from the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. I have a master’s degree in public administration and policy from North Carolina State University. Prior to moving to the US I worked as a senior business reporter for a leading financial daily in New Delhi.

Broadly, my research interest lies in understanding place-based variation in policy outcomes and how to address barriers that drive these differences.  I am concerned with why public policy interventions that are successful in one context may not be effective in another context. My academic training has provided me with excellent tools in advanced geospatial and quantitative methods to investigate the effect of place and context in driving the differential impact of policy interventions. My past research has focused on factors influencing health disparities in access and service utilization within-nations. Specially, I have an interest in applying the knowledge of quantitative geography and spatial tools for improving public policy decision-making, especially in the context of public health. Over the past couple of years, I have been worked on a range of projects including modeling gaps in immunization coverage at a small spatial scale, barriers to using geospatial techniques for public health in the context of low and middle income countries, and modeling spatial mismatch in the supply and demand for primary health care in Bangladesh.

Please find additional information on my CV from the link below.

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