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Dr Mondira Bhattacharya


Field survey research

Data management & analysis

Associate lecturer

Areas of interest

  • Agriculture and rural economy with special reference to India and other low- and middle-income countries
  • Food and nutritional security
  • Agricultural innovation and agricultural technology adoption
  • India's employment guarantee scheme (MGNREGA)
  • Gender dimensions of agriculture and employment
  • Economics of crop cultivation, rural incomes, livelihoods and agrarian distress


Module Convenor:

  • Global Issues in Nutrition and Health - AP3A105/IDM098

Research centres and groups

Research projects

  • GCRF project on ‘Do microplastics undermine food security and sustainable development in developing countries?’, with Bangor University, UK and case study partners in China, Vietnam, Egypt, Sri Lanka and India.
  • KfW Bank sponsored project on ‘Zero Budget Natural Farming’ (ZBNF) in Andhra Pradesh, India.


Mondira is an interdisciplinary social scientist working on issues of agriculture and rural development and policy implications on the concerned farmer segment, especially in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). A Geographer by training she specialises in field based research, large data management and analysis and works with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Mondira joined SAPD as Postdoctoral researcher in March 2020 and worked on projects that focused on food security and health among rural adolescents in India and Nepal (GCRF) and knowledge exchange and economic evaluation of autonomous robots in the soft fruit sector in UK (Innovate UK). Her current research on ‘Plasticulture’ and ‘Zero budget natural farming’ spans several LMICs such as Egypt, India, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. She also takes lectures on agrarian issues, nutrition security and research methodology. Before joining the University of Reading, she had worked for non-profit organisations in India for several years in various capacities. She was Assistant Professor at the  Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi. Here she was the principal investigator in several rural development research projects. Before CSD, she worked at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) as Associate Fellow where she was involved in preparing ‘Agricultural Outlook and Situation Analysis Reports’ for the National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. During her PhD, she also worked as Junior Consultant, Ecological Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) in New Delhi.

Academic qualifications

Mondira has a PhD in Economic Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Awards and honours

Her PhD on the topic 'Basmati Rice Cultivation in India under a Globalised Trade Regime', was awarded in 2009 and was supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) fellowship.



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