Sandhya S. Iyer

“Humane Development that focusses on the humanness of human beings.”

Visiting Faculty, Development Economist has teaching and research experience of over 16years , focuses on poverty, inequality, human development, informal sector workers and social security/protection related issues in the developing countries. Chairperson, Centre for Public Policy, Habitat and Human Development, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute for Social Sciences

In-charge of Social Impact Assessment Cell at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, anchoring studies for governments, public sector enterprises, Corporate Social Responsibilities for companies

In-charge of the Sustainable Development Goals research studies at the institute focusing on localizing at India, Global South and the G20 countries. 


Invited by the German Development Institute (DIE) for a Training and Dialogue Programme on 'Managing Global Governance' (MGG), at the Global Governance School in 2007. Visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and worked with the team on Globalisation team

Specializes in Policy Analysis, Data Analysis, Program Evaluation and Research. As Principal Researcher she has anchored over 20 large-scale studies that funded by various national and sub-national governments in India, she has also completed studies funded by World Bank, Asian Development Bank and UNDP India. 

Involved in the T20 Policy Dialogue process from India representing Taskforce on Gender Equality, Social Cohesion and Multilateralism since the Chinese Presidency (2016). She has contributed to Policy Briefs on Gender Equality in Argentina Presidency too (2018). Presently, she is an Active member of the United Nations South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation. 


Ph.D in Economics, on “Social Security for Informal Sector Workers in India” (1998-2003)

M.A (Economics), Mumbai University (1995-1997)                                                                                                                                                                              


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