Vidya is a trained econometrician, mixed-methods researcher and policy analyst in the Equity and Social Policy programme at ODI. Her research focuses on understanding the drivers of sustained escapes from poverty, and the role of armed conflict in creating poverty traps. Vidya has led various policy-oriented research projects on poverty dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia for international organisations and bi-lateral aid agencies, and has field experience in Kenya, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, and the UAE. She holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Economics and International Relations from the American University of Sharjah.
- 10 June 2020, Reuters11 April 2020, Al Jazeera
- 31 March 2020, 1st News25 March 2020, The Guardian
- 16 March 2020, Global Citizen6 August 2019, National Public Radio (NPR)