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Dr. Padmaja Ravula has over 15 years of experience in interdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative research on issues related to gender, nutrition, social capital and empowerment, as well as project management and training experience both at field and program level. She holds a PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences with specialization in Sociology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India. Her research work focuses on gender-nutrition research in agriculture, empowerment of women, gender-related aspects of social networks and social capital, multidimensional poverty analysis, social impact assessments of agricultural research, sociological perspectives of climate variability and vulnerability, social impacts of HIV/AIDS, technology diffusion, and policy analysis.
Dr Padmaja Ravula currently serves as Gender Research Scientist in the Research Program on Markets, Institutions and Policy at ICRISAT. Her core activities include: strategic gender research under new and on-going RP-MIP/CGIAR Research Program on Policy, Institutions and Markets (PIM) projects and activities; provision of support and guidance in integrating gender and social analysis into other applied research activities with multi-disciplinary and participatory teams of scientists; support to Program Director in coordinating, monitoring and internal evaluation of PIM activities across Asia; building partnerships and capacity of staff and students in implementing gender and nutrition issues in social science research.
Dr. Padmaja Ravula has authored and co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, including book chapters, conference papers, and journal articles.
She is an active member of several scientific and professional associations, the A4NH network (from 2013 onwards) and the Gender and Agriculture Research Network (from 2011 onwards).
She is a recipient of several awards and honors, such as: Best Thesis Award of IIT; PhD Gold Medalist (9.6 CPI out of 10) from the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, and she had also received funds from FAO-RAP to undertake research on gender and social capital.
Her current activities focus on designing and developing methodological tools and frameworks for gender research, with an emphasis on empowerment, nutrition and institutions (formal and informal); conducting social and gender research to identify, understand and integrate gender issues and concerns in achieving the desired impacts especially gender empowerment and nutrition outcomes; Sharing results, good practices, methods and tools and new knowledge with other researchers through documents, reports, presentations and e-media (eg. video documentaries, flyers, etc); and coordination of fellowship grants for students, partnership building and supervising student interns from advanced research institutes.