I have been working as an economist for almost four decades on issues of development. Throughout this time my central interest, and role, has been as a bridge between the worlds of ideas and practice. I like to engage with other disciplines, especially politics and anthropology.
I am also a dancer, and get enormous pleasure from the multiple dimensions of life.
As an economist and development practitioner, I am particularly interested in understanding change. I believe change, and resistance to change, has to be understood in relation to economic, political and social inequalities and institutional structures.
I have been with the Harvard Kennedy School since 2004 and the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi since 2007. I worked for the World Bank from 1980 to 2004. I am increasingly involved in working with grassroots organizations, especially in India and Latin America, with IMAGO Global Grassroots.
I also love nature, art, and gardening.