Photo of Dr Supriya Garikipati

Dr Supriya Garikipati PhD, Cambridge (UK)

Reader (Associate Professor) in Development Economics Economics


    Public Policy and Gender

    Two prominent areas of research under this stream include:

    1) Financial Inclusion and Gender Outcomes: Dr Garikipati led a number of projects on FI supported by funding from the DFID and the Newton Trust. Offering fundamental insights into the theory of change that leads from financial inclusion to women’s empowerment, Dr Garikipati's research has influenced policy change in the microfinance sector. Her seminal work on the role of social norms in limiting women’s use of credit can be accessed here Her work highlights the importance of studying ‘processes’ that women engage in as a result of access to finance Dr Garikipati's research on the impact of using finance to enhance the value of women’s time use and social ties can be reached via She was the lead editor of a special issue in this area for the Journal of Development Studies Institutions like the UN and CGD have featured this research (; Watch a video on this research ( The policy impact of her work can be read here

    2) Menstrual Health Information and Women’s Wellbeing: Funded by ODA and EPSRC, this research draws on extensive fieldwork led by Dr Garikipati. This research highlights the role of information in inclusive and sustainable menstrual health in low-and-middle-income countries. Dr Garikipati's work on information and menstrual health policy can be accessed here; and This research has featured in a number of media outlets like The Conversation ( and Health Issues ( It became the bases for changes to India’s national guidelines on menstrual health (

    Women’s Work and Labour Market Participation

    This stream of research has been supported by DFID and the British Academy and has two main themes:

    1) Agriculture Work and Seasonal Migration: Dr Garikipati has long standing research interest in rural women’s work and livelihoods. Her work on feminisation of agricultural labour shows that not labour work but ownership of productive assets is what matters to rural women’s wellbeing Her work on gender and seasonal migration shows the extent of unfree labour in agriculture, especially on its gendered nature

    2) Women’s entrepreneurship: Dr Garikipati’s research examines strategies adopted by marginalised women as owners of small and medium businesses, especially their collective action to stop male corralling of productive assets. Read about entrepreneurship by marginalised women here A special issue co-edited by Dr Garikipati on these issues can be accessed here

    Women in the World Economy

    Dr Garikipati's interest is in examining how various aspects of the world economy impact on women and in turn, how women impact policy making. She has carried out a number of independent research projects in this area. Read her work on the impact of development aid on women’s empowerment here Following on from her work on financial inclusion, her work on the impact of the global microfinance industry on women can be accessed here,in,the,Global,South.pdf. Her work on female leadership in managing the COVID-19 pandemic published by CEPR and the World Economic Forum accessed here, drew much media attention. A WEF video on this work gathered over a million views in just the first few days

    This work also featured in Forbes, in the Independent (, the Guardian (, the quartz (; Vogue Magazine ( and News24 ( Watch a short video prepared by The Telegraph featuring this research here

    Research Grants

    Period Poverty in the UK


    December 2019 - May 2020

    Do Comprehensive Development Programmes Matter


    May 2019 - December 2021

    Increasing ‘Unfreedom’ of India’s Female Agricultural Labour: The Role of the Household


    October 2009 - March 2011