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Dr Sanchari Roy is a Senior Lecturer in Development Economics at the Department of International Development. She completed her BA in Economics at Presidency College, Calcutta, MA in Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and PhD in Economics at London School of Economics.

Prior to joining King’s, Sanchari was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sussex.

Sanchari’s research has been published in the Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics and Oxford Review of Economic Policy. Her work has also received press coverage in The Economist, The Hindu and Deccan Herald. In addition, she has also written on issues pertaining to the Indian economy in newspapers such as The Guardian, as well as in magazines such as The Outlook and Economic and Political Weekly.

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  • Development economics
  • Effective public service delivery in developing countries
  • Psychological constraints in perpetuating poverty

Sanchari's main area of research is development economics. In particular, her work focuses on examining the various types of constraints faced by developing countries in the process of poverty alleviation and economic development. One of the core themes of her research is to understand the role of gender constraints in perpetuating poverty, with special focus on female inheritance rights.

A second theme of Sanchari’s research centres around examining the challenges faced in providing effective public service delivery in developing countries, with particular emphasis on the role of information constraints.

A third theme of her research explores the role of psychological constraints in perpetuating poverty, focusing in particular on non-cognitive skills and mental health.

Further details

See Sanchari's research profile