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Nidhi Khurana

Research Fellow

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Nidhi has a masters in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. Before joining r.i.c.e., she worked with the Navjyoti India Foundation and the Eawag Aquatic Research.  She has traveled to many parts of rural North India to document issues related to human development, most recently to manage r.i.c.e.’s SQUAT survey in 2013-14.  Her research interests include social stratification based on caste, education as an economic and social good, gender and socialization.

See Nidhi’s CV here.

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Reducing open defecation in rural India is an important human development goal, but at what cost? Read Sangita's piece in Hindustan Times

By Nazar Khalid, on February 3rd, 2019

Sangita’s article in Hindustan Times raises some pertinent questions about the ways in which the Swachh Bharat Mission has been implemented. She draws attention to the fact that the Mission’s success in getting latrines constructed and the subsequent decline inRead More..

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Dainik Bhaskar, a prominent Hindi newspaper, reports on our new research on changes in open defecation in India: 2014-2018.

By Nazar Khalid, on January 23rd, 2019

The Dainik Bhaskar (DB), a prominent Hindi language newspaper, published a comprehensive report on r.i.c.e and Accountability Initiative of Centre for Policy Research's (CPR) new research on changes in open defecation in India: 2014-2018. We were thrilled that the DBRead More..

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Release of r.i.c.e and Accountability Initiative's research study "Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014-2018."

By Nazar Khalid, on January 17th, 2019

[gallery size="large" ids="29960,29959,29957"]   r.i.c.e is delighted to share that the release of the new research study on "Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014-2018” was held at India Habitat Centre (IHC) on the 9th January 2018. TheRead More..

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Working paper & Launch - 'Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014 - 2018'

By Aashish Gupta, on January 7th, 2019

All of us at r.i.c.e. are excited to announce our new working paper, 'Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014 - 2018'. The paper documents the extent of open defecation in rural areas of four north Indian states. ItRead More..

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Open defecation: Manual scavenging’s legacy in rural India

By Diane Coffey, on February 15th, 2019

Manual scavenging is caste-based work which has been handed down over generations, subjecting the same families and communities to deep humiliation, social exclusion, and poor health. This book chapter argues that same casteist attitudes that relegate Dalits to the filthy workRead More..

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Where Bharat Goes

By Diane Coffey, on February 15th, 2019

This book chapter discusses why rural Indians tend to reject affordable sanitation options, using which many poorer countries in the developing world have either completely eliminated or have successfully reduced open defecation. The practice of open defecation has negative externalitiesRead More..

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The association between neonatal death and facility birth in regions of India

By Diane Coffey, on February 15th, 2019

This paper assesses evidence for the hypothesis that facility births reduce NNM using new data from the National Family Health Survey, 2015-2016. It finds that for babies born outside of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, facility birth is robustly associated with neonatalRead More..

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Local social inequality, economic inequality, and disparities in child height in India

By Diane Coffey, on January 10th, 2019

This paper investigates disparities in child height — an important marker of population-level health — among population groups in rural India.  India is an informative context in which to study processes of health disparities because there is wide heterogeneity inRead More..