Dr. Sharadini Rath has a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the Institute for Plasma Research, India and went on to do post doctoral fellowships at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in USA and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. After several years of research in the field, she shifted to field based research in economics. Her active interests include the connections between household level productivity and food intake, along with labour organisation and poverty in rural India. She has done extensive work in the study of governance with special focus on local institutions in urban and rural contexts, to create usable and intuitive data analysis to foster logical decision making. She has led research and outreach projects funded by Ford Foundation, Google.org, Results for Development and The Asia Foundation.
Dr. Sharadini Rath is the President of Thanal Trust.