Avanish Kumar

Professor, Public Policy & Governance

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Phone : +91-124-4560380

PhD and M.Phil¸ Department of Anthropology¸ University of Delhi¸ Delhi ; M.Sc. and B.Sc.(H) in Anthropology from HansRaj College¸ University of Delhi¸ Delhi 

Before Dr. Kumar joined School of Public Policy and Governance at MDI¸ he taught Challenges for sustainable development¸ cultural ecology and development¸ social impact assessment and qualitative research methodology¸ at TERI School¸ New Delhi. Dr. Kumar has also worked as an Anthropologist in Development Alternatives¸ New Delhi¸ Social Development Consultant to IPE¸ Enterprise London School of Economics¸ New Delhi and as a Researcher in Center for Development Economics¸ Delhi School of Economics¸ New Delhi. He has publications in edited books and journals on health and Inequality¸ medical pluralism¸ social impact assessment¸ rural development and food security. 

Area Chairperson – Public Policy & Management

As a consultant¸ he has worked for DFID¸ UNEP¸ UNDP¸ WFP¸ SDC¸ Earth Council¸ The World Bank¸ The Netherlands¸ and Govt. of India. As part of the core team¸ he was responsible for planning¸ implementation and management of DFID-Poorest Areas Civil Society Programme for more than 500 Civil Society Organizations working in the 100 poorest districts of India on issues related to social cohesion¸ local self governance¸ women’s empowerment and self help. He was also responsible for developing Process Monitoring System for Tribal Development program of World Food Programme¸ being implemented in Orissa¸ Rajasthan¸ Uttar Pradesh¸ Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. At grassroots¸ he possesses intensive field experience of working with the nomadic community¸ schedule tribes and in multi-caste villages in UP¸ Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. At regional level¸ he has assessed Capacity 21 Support to Countries of Asia Pacific Region (UNDP) and Multi-Stakeholder Assessment of Agenda 21 Implementation Strategy of India and State of Environment –South Asia. 

Areas of Interest: 
Inequality and utilization of health services and facilities; social cohesion and tribal development; strengthening civil society and participatory planning¸ assessment and integrated development