Vidya Diwakar

Researcher, Overseas Development Institute


Vidya is a mixed-methods researcher and policy analyst, with over a decade of experience working in think tanks and universities. Her work focuses on gender-disaggregated drivers of poverty escapes, and the role of armed conflict and fragility in creating poverty traps. She has authored and reviewed a range of reports, book chapters and journal articles, including most recently as Guest Editor for World Development. Vidya has successfully fundraised for and led a range of large multi-partner, multi-year policy-oriented research projects on poverty dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia for international organizations and bi-lateral aid agencies.