Senior Research Associate
BBA. (BIT Mesra); MSW (Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan); FPM candidate (IIM Calcutta)
Vandana is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in the Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. As a development professional working with an international funding agency prior to her doctoral studies, she was involved in policy and program design as well as implementation. She has extensive experience in working with government agencies, NGOs and communities. She has been interested in issues related to sustainable business and concepts like Triple Bottom Line since her Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in BIT, Mesra. She later completed her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Visva-Bharati Shantiniketan and was awarded the UGC-JRF scholarship in social work in June 2012.
Currently, her research interests lie in the intersection of multiple fields of study like Political Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Ecological Economics. She is also interested in the upcoming research area of Post Growth thinking in the context of Global South and has presented her research findings in the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice held in University of Barcelona, Spain and Cerbere, France in June 2019.
Her doctoral dissertation aims to analyse the conflicts in policy priorities across multiple government departments namely; forest, agriculture and food/nutrition and among multiple actors- state, market and NGOs in the backdrop of the perpetual problem of malnutrition in India. She has presented her research work in reputed national (Public Policy and Management Conference, IIM Bangalore; SPANDAN conference- an initiative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and IGIDR, Mumbai) and international conferences (Political Ecology Conference 2018, Oslo and Food Studies Conference 2017, Rome). Her work has also been selected for presentation in International Conference on Public Policy 2019, Montreal, Canada and Political Ecology Conference 2020, Brighton, UK. She is currently working on a book chapter accepted for publication by Routledge titled “Indigenous Knowledges and the Sustainable Development Agenda”.