Faculty & Research

Namrata Chindarkar


I am an Associate Professor at the JSW School of Public Policy (JSW-SPP), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. I also serve as the Chair of JSW-SPP. I am a Fellow of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS) and a faculty associate at the Institute of Water Policy, NUS.

My research addresses questions pertaining to sustainable development and social policy. Currently, my three key research themes are access to basic infrastructure (energy, water, and sanitation); individual and household welfare (poverty, inequality, subjective well-being); and gender and development. My methodological approach is quantitative analysis and policy impact evaluation using primary, secondary, and administrative policy data.

My research has been published in top development and policy journals including Bulletin of the World Health OrganizationEnergy Economics, Energy Policy, Journal of Development Studies, Water Resources Management, and World Development.


Primary Area : JSW-SPP


Email : namratac@iima.ac.in

Phone : +91-79-7152 4412

Secretary : Monica Pancholi

Phone : +91-79-7152 7935

Website : Personal Website


Ph.D. in Policy Studies, International Development Concentration, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland – College Park, USA, 2012

M.Phil. in Social Sciences, Development Studies Concentration, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, 2008

M.A. in Development Studies, University of Manchester, UK, 2005

Bachelor of Management Studies, Sydenham College, University of Mumbai, India, 2003


My teaching philosophy is underpinned by my core beliefs that public policy education should transcend disciplinary boundaries, be connected with the realities of the complex policy world, and equip future policy makers and policy analysts with problem-solving and analytical skills. I adopt a highly student-centric, inclusive, and applied teaching strategy.

I offer PGP electives on "Public Policy Design Principles and Applications" and "Doing Business with Government" (co-taught course). I teach "Research Methods - II" (causal inference) at the PhD level. In addition, I teach the "Statistical Data Analysis" course in the Faculty Development Program.

Academic Experience

Associate Professor, JSW School Of Public Policy (JSW-SPP), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Oct 2020 - Current

Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS), Jul 2012 – Jun 2020

Faculty Associate, Institute of Water Policy (IWP), National University of Singapore, Jul 2012 – Jun 2020