Principal investigator, Leader
Daniel Bennett is an economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California. He studies economic development and global health in Africa and South Asia. Much of Dr. Bennett’s work examines the way that information affects individual health care decisions and the operation of health care markets. He also focuses on the influence of mental health on productivity and economic decision-making. Dr. Bennett’s work involves primary data collection and uses both experimental and quasi-experimental methods. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from Brown University and spent eight years on the faculty at the University of Chicago.
Manuela Angelucci is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. She completed her PhD at University College London in 2005. Her main field is development economics.
Shannon’s research utilizes experimental and quasi-experimental methods to identify causal mechanisms that reduce health disparities and promote equity in economic outcomes for women and children. She has worked on a number of research and evaluation projects in the U.S. and abroad. Her previous work includes designing and implementing evaluation plans for public-private partnerships in education, conducting a needs assessment to prioritize spending on children’s health and well-being, reviewing the internal evaluation efforts of a large NGO and several impact evaluations of initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of families in India. Her interests include health care quality and delivery of health services to women and children, youth development and well-being, and the intersection of mental health, economic mobility and empowerment. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles and a PhD in Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Project Manager at IFMR
Monisha has been with IFMR LEAD for over 4 years where she worked and managed several large scale RCTs and short term studies on Financial Inclusion, Healthcare, Agriculture and Livelihoods. Before joining IFMR, she worked at an Advertising and Consulting Agency in Bangalore as a Project Lead. She managed projects in Education and Healthcare and developed a Sustainability Report for a major corporate. She has a Master’s Degree in Population and Development from the London School of Economics.
Research Associate at IFMR
Alreena works with the Centre for Microfinance at IFMR LEAD as Research Associate on a Mental Health and Productivity Evaluation based in Bangalore. At CMF, she has also been involved in various other RCTs and short-term evaluations for AKRSP (I) and The Banyan. She has field experience in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Chennai, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Alreena holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai after which she worked as Research Assistant at the Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics on the EU-funded “NO POOR Project” studying the dynamics and dimensions of Indian urban poverty. She has previously interned with ToolBox India Foundation and Save The Children – India.
Visual impairment, assistive technology and disability in India
Work package lead
Work package lead
Prof. P. Arokiasamy
Indian Principal Investigator
P. Arokiasamy is Professor and Head of the department of development studies, InternationalInstitute for Population Sciences, and the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI) for the Indian collaborating institution, IIPS. His professional experience includes 27 years of teaching and research in demography, public health and development studies. He has coordinated or conducted major national research projects namely WHO sponsored World Health Survey (WHS) India, 2003-2005, National Family Health Survey (NFHS) round 3, 2005-2007 and, two waves of the Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE), wave-1 2006-2007 and wave-2 2015-16 (funded by WHO, Geneva).
He will lead the project team and will be overall responsible for technical and management aspects and implementation and completion of the project as per timeline. He will contribute to the development of the study design, scope, instrument, field implementation, analysis and preparation of reports.
Prof. S.K Mohanty
Sanjay K Mohanty is a trained economist and demographer and Professor at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, India. Prof Mohanty has more than two decades of teaching and research experienceand guided several doctoral students in their maiden research work.Prof Mohanty teaches “Health Economics” and “Fertility Measures” at IIPS. His research interests include economics of health and health care, economics of ageing, multidimensional poverty and population dynamics. Prof Mohanty has authored more than 80 research papers in international and national peer reviewed journals. Currently, he is associated with the “Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI)”. Prof Mohanty was Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health during 2014-15 and C R Parekh Fellow at Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics between January in 2010. He was awarded the K.B. Pathakaward, 2009 by the Indian Association for Study of Population (IASP) and the P.N. Mari Bhat Award bythe Xavier Institute for Management (XIMB), Bhubaneswar)for his research work
Prof Mohanty will work as part of the PI team and will contribute to the study design, instrument development, training and implementation especially focusing on economic component of the study including evaluating the economic impact of vision intervention.
Dr. Sarang Pedagaonkar
Dr Sarang is Assistant Professor at the department of Population Policies and Programmes, International Institute for Population Sciences. He has completed MBBS from Government Medical College, Aurangabad and MD in Community Medicine from TNMC and BYL Nair Ch. Hospital, Mumbai. He His professional experience includes more than 5 years of teaching and research in public health, epidemiology and demography. He is co- principal investigator of the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI) and member of PI team for National Family Health Survey (NFHS) round 5, 2018-2019, and has completed National Family Health Survey (NFHS) round 4, 2015-2016. Dr. Sarang will work as part of PI team and will contribute to the health component including vision test and intervention of the study.