Namrata Chindarkar

Ph.D. in Policy Studies, University of Maryland

Namrata Chindarkar
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 8360

Office Location

469B Bukit Timah Road
Level 2, Li Ka Shing Building
Singapore 259771


Dr. Namrata Chindarkar is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS) and a faculty associate at the Institute of Water Policy, NUS. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland concentrating in international development policy. She holds a M.A. in Development Studies from the University of Manchester, U.K., and a M.Phil. in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has previously worked at McKinsey & Company, Asian Development Bank, and the Global Development Network. Her research interests are in development and social policy with a focus on infrastructure, energy, water, poverty and inequality, food security, gender, policy analysis and evaluation. Her methodological approach is applied econometrics using primary, secondary, and administrative policy data.

Namrata Chindarkar - CV

Research Areas

  • Development policy
  • Energy policy
  • Food security
  • Gender equity
  • Social policy
  • Water management, governance and policy


Journal articles

  • “Effective Social Policy Design: Design Spaces and Capacity Challenges”. Forthcoming, Public Administration and Development (with Michael Howlett and M Ramesh).
  • “Beyond Power Politics: Evaluating the Policy Design Process of Rural Electrification in Gujarat, India”. Forthcoming, Public Administration and Development.
  • “The Value of Skills: Raising the Socio-Economic Status of Rural Women in India”. Forthcoming, Development Policy Review (with Yvonne Jie Chen).
  • “Non-Revenue Water and Cost Recovery in Urban India: The Case of Bangalore”. 2015. Water Policy, 17(3), 484-501 (with Maitreyee Mukherjee and Jenny Gronwall).
  • “Is Subjective Well-Being of Concern to Potential Migrants from Latin America?”. 2014. Social Indicators Research, 115(1), 159-182 (2014).
  • “Gender and Climate Change-induced Migration: Proposing a Framework for Analysis”. 2012.Environmental Research Letters, 7(2), 1-7.

Book chapters

  • “A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Farmers’ Suicides in Andhra Pradesh, India” in Olsen, W (ed.), Realist Methodology (Volume 3): Realist Empirical Research. 2010. Sage, London.

Working papers

  • “Putting Women in Charge: Improving Handpump Repair Services in Rural India”. Under review (with Yvonne Jie Chen and Dennis Wichelns).
  • “Increasing Child Immunization through Uninterrupted Power”. Under review (with Yvonne Jie Chen and Xiao Yun).
  • “Well-being Effects of Coping Costs: Evidence from Household Water Supply in Kathmandu Valley” (with Yvonne Jie Chen, Yogendra Gurung, Aditi Raina, Dale Whittington, Wu Xun, and Jane Zhao).
  • “Effects of Improved Quality of Rural Electrification on Household Time Use” (with Yvonne Jie Chen and Shilpa Sathe).
  • “Improved Quality of Rural Electrification and Farm Investments” (with Yvonne Jie Chen and Shilpa Sathe).
  • “Food Price Volatility and Food Security: Evidence from India” (with Sonia Akter).
  • “Is Gender Empowerment Durable?: Evidence from Panel Data in India” (with Sonia Akter).
  • “Inequality of Opportunity for Urban, Rural, and Rural-Urban Migrants in China”.


  • PP5404 Policy Analysis
  • PP5407 Quantitative Research Methods for Public Policy II
  • PP6706 Research Methods in Public Policy II
  • PP5236 Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy
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