Amit Basole
Associate Professor Azim Premji University

Amit Basole is Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Liberal Studies, Azim Premji University. He has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Bucknell University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amit’s research combines quantitative and qualitative methods to address poverty and inequality, the structure of the Indian economy, and the economics of informal knowledge. Prior to switching to Economics Amit completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Duke University where his research on the neurophysiology of the mammalian visual system was published in journals such as Nature and Progress in Brain Research. He tweets @amitbasole and his website is here. Click here for his CV.

Research Staff

Anjana Thampi
Research Associate Azim Premji University

Anjana has a PhD from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral thesis studied the impact of two food provisioning programmes in India, the Public Distribution System and the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Her areas of research interest include food policy, inequality and employment.

Rosa Abraham
Research Associate Azim Premji University

Rosa completed her PhD  from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. Her research focused on forms of informal labour in India, examining the rise of informalisation in the formal/organised sector and the consequent impacts on productivity and inequality. Prior to her PhD, she worked at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment and taught at Madras School of Economics.  Her research interests include understanding workers’ preferences for alternative work arrangements, the changing nature of informal work and implications for job polarisation in the Indian context.

Amay Narayan
Research Assistant Azim Premji University

Upon finishing his Master’s in Economics in 2016 from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Amay joined the Research Centre at Azim Premji University to pursue his research interests within Macroeconomics. He is particularly interested in political economy, finance, labour and inequality, and the intersections between them. When he isn’t crunching data behind his computer, you will likely find him escaping the urban jungle somewhere taking photographs, or hiking in the Himalayas.


Nandana Sengupta
Assistant Professor Azim Premji University
Nandana Sengupta is an Assistant Professor at the School of Policy and Governance at Bangalore’s Azim Premji University. Prior to this she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Knowledge Lab at University of Chicago. She received a PhD in Economics at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in May 2015. Her research revolves around improving the predictive performance of traditional Econometric models using modern Statistics and Machine Learning algorithms. She is currently involved in a number of research projects that center on the Indian labour market. These include projects measuring empirical pathways for skill acquisition in the informal labour market, the importance of soft skills and skill certification on job related outcomes and the effect of extreme weather events on labour productivity by gender.
Rajendran Narayanan
Assistant Professor Azim Premji University

Rajendran is an Assistant Professor in the School of Liberal Studies at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. He holds a Ph.D in Statistics from Cornell University. Along with Sakina Dorajiwala and Rajesh Golani, he is a founding member of LibTech India. LibTech India is an informal group of researchers and activists that work on questions of transparency and accountability in MGNREGA and the Public Distribution System. The group is engaged with various national rights-based campaigns such as the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and the Right to Food Campaign. They work closely with several civil society organisations in Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Andhra.

Arjun Jayadev
Associate Professor Azim Premji University

Arjun is a Professor of Economics at the School of Liberal Studies at Azim Premji University in Bangalore, India. He was previously Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also closely involved with the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Arjun’s research straddles macroeconomics, especially issues of debt, balance sheets, the political economy of finance and central banking and macroeconomic policy choices, income distribution and inequality, in particular classical approaches to distribution, and group based inequalities, intellectual property and the economics of power, He has also been closely involved with the CORE economics project.

Anand Shrivastava
Assistant Professor Azim Premji University

Anand teaches economics at the School of Liberal Studies, Azim Premji University. His research includes theoretical and empirical studies of conflict, and of the effects of informal institutions and norms on economic processes, specifically labour markets. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge.

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