Research Lead at Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation
Sayantani Satpathi is a mixed-methods researcher who works on a wide range of policy issues. Sayantani was a doctoral student in public policy at the University of Oklahoma in the United States. During her graduate studies, which took place at the University of Oklahoma and Kent State University in the US, she worked as a researcher on projects funded by U.S. federal and state agencies. Since then, Sayantani has served as the impact director for Going to School and as senior research associate for Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy. Currently, she is the research lead at Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation.
She has authored and co-authored several academic and research publications, including the “Adaptation and Improvisation of Social Policies for Indigenous Communities in India: Case Studies from Odisha and Chhattisgarh” (forthcoming 2023); “Macroeconomic Situation of Scheduled Tribes in India with a Focus on Central Indian Tribal Belt” (2022); “Forests, People, and Their Hopes: PESA and FRA Overview” (2022); “Model Agriculture Production Clusters Stimulate Growth in the Farm Sector and Double Farm Income of Marginalised Farmers (2022); “Addressing the Nutrition Crisis: Reflections from Odisha Millets Mission” (2021); “Movies, Masculinity and the Nationalist Discourse: A Study of Masculinity in Indian Violence Movies” (2013); “What Role Does Grassroots Activism Play in Addressing Environmental Injustice in the United States?” (2009); “Measuring Water Quality Improvements: TMDL Implementation, Indicators and Tracking” (2010); “Are We Walking the Walk or Just Talking the Talk: An Assessment of Local Government Collaboration in Ohio” (2010); and “Improving Para-Transit Operations with Technology” (2010). At the recently concluded 82nd Annual Conference of Indian Society for Agricultural Economics (2022), she received the Best Paper (under Dr N.A. Mujumdar Prize Award) for a paper she co-authored on “Livelihood Enhancement through Collectivisation of Women Farmers: A Case Study from Odisha.”