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Sangita Vyas

Research Director for Sanitation

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Sangita’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of child health and well-being in India. These days, she is particularly interested in the health impacts of poor sanitation, air pollution, and climate change. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Sangita holds a BS from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.



Work with r.i.c.e. and 3ie on a project to learn about latrine use measurement!

By Sangita Vyas, on April 23rd, 2017

We are delighted to announce that we are seeking applications for a team to carry out a new project — in partnership with 3ie and the WASH team at the Gates Foundation — that can help us learn about how toRead More..


How to continue the pit emptying momentum

By Sangita Vyas, on March 11th, 2017

I'm pasting below a list of practical action ideas that Robert Chambers has proposed after the pit emptying demonstration in Warangal. These are activities that governments and organizations can take up alike, to break down taboos around pit emptying related to caste andRead More..


Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary empties a latrine pit!

By Sangita Vyas, on February 19th, 2017

The Times of India reported yesterday that the Secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Param Iyer, emptied a latrine pit in Warangal district yesterday. Read why r.i.c.e. believes this is an important step forward in our op-ed in TheRead More..


r.i.c.e. research changes beliefs

By Sangita Vyas, on January 14th, 2017

Influencing the beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors of others through research is tough, and often unsuccessful. But this reader's comment on Diane's recent article in The Hindu on women eating last inspires us to keep on trying.Read More..



An Experiment with Air Purifiers in Delhi during Winter 2015-2016

By Sangita Vyas, on December 15th, 2016

Particulate pollution has important consequences for human health, and is an issue of global concern. Outdoor air pollution has become a cause for alarm in India in particular because recent data suggest that ambient pollution levels in Indian cities areRead More..


Disease externalities and net nutrition: Evidence from changes in sanitation and child height in Cambodia, 2005–2010

By Sangita Vyas, on October 15th, 2016

Child height is an important indicator of human capital and human development, in large part because early life health and net nutrition shape both child height and adult economic productivity and health. Between 2005 and 2010, the average height ofRead More..