Faculty Profile


Dr. Dipa Sinha


Dipa Sinha has done her MA in Economics from JNU, MSc in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London and Ph.d from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked on issues related to food rights, nutrition and public health.

Past Experience

Before joining AUD, she worked with the Office of Commissioners to the Supreme Court (on the Right to Food), Centre for Equity Studies and Public Health Research Network. and is actively involved with the Right to Food Campaign.

My Zone / Area of Expertise

She is also part of the research team for the Palanpur Village Survey – a longitudinal village survey being conducted by London School of Economics in collaboration with the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi.

She has written extensively on issues related to public policy, health and nutrition. Her book, "Women, Health and Public Services in India: Why are states different?" has recently been published by Routledge India


  • Member, Project Team, Report on Food Systems and Nutrition, High Level Panel of Experts, Committee on World Food Security
  • Awarded Health and Population Innovations Fellow of the Population Council (formerly known as McArthur Foundation’s ‘Fund for Leadership Development)
  • Awarded British Chevening Open Social Science Award for pursuing MSc at SOAS



  • Women, Health and Public Services in India – Why are States Different?, Routledge India, 2016. ISBN: 978-1138648043

Selected Articles

  • “Credibility and Portability? Lessons from CORE PDS reforms in Chhattisgarh” , Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 51 No 37, 2016 (with Anuradha Joshi and Biraj Patnaik)
  • “Realising Universal Maternity Entitlements: Lessons from Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 51 No 34, 2016 (with Shikha Nehra, Jasmeet Khanuja, Sonal Matharu and Vanita Leah Falcao)
  • “Rapid Survey on Children: What’s New, What’s Old and What’s the Buzz”, Indian Pediatrics, Vol 52, No. 1, 2016 (with Rajib Dasgupta and Veda Yumnam)
  • “Maternal and Child Health: Inching Ahead, Miles to Go”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 50, No. 49, Dec 5, 2015
  • “Potentials, Experiences and Outcomes of a Comprehensive Community Based Programme to Address Malnutrition in Tribal India”, International Journal of Child Health and Nutrition, Vol 4, 151-62, 2015 (with Vandana Prasad)
  • “Cash for Food – A Misplaced Idea”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 50, No. 16, April 15, 2015
  • “Cost of Implementing the National Food Security Act”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 33, No. 39, September 28, 2013
  • “Screening for SAM in the Community: Is MUAC a ‘Simple Tool’”, Indian Pediatrics, Volume 50 (1), 2013 (with Rajib Dasgupta, Sachin Jain and Vandana Prasad)
  • “Achievements and Limitations of an Incentive Based Cash Transfer in India: the Case of JSY”, Poverty in Focus, Number 25, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, UNDP, 2013 ISSN: 2318-8995
  • “Falling between Two Stools: Operational Inconsistencies between ICDS and NRHM in the Management of Severe Malnutrition”, Indian Pediatrics, Volume 49 (3), 2012 (with Vandana Prasad and S. Sridhar)
  • “Social Audit of Mid-Day Meal Scheme in AP”, Economic and Political Weekly, 01 November, 2008
  • “Rethinking ICDS: A Rights Based Perspective”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.41, No. 34, 2006