Shruti Majumdar is a Sociologist at the Social Observatory, which is housed in DECRG’s Poverty and Inequality unit (DECPI). Her primary responsibility is to lead a team of qualitative researchers that is assessing the impact of World Bank assisted livelihoods projects in India. Employing a multitude of ethnographic methods such as oral histories, semi-structured interviews, focus groups and participant observation, she is currently developing an overall assessment of the impact of Jeevika (a livelihoods project in rural Bihar) on women’s empowerment. Prior to joining DECPI, Shruti was a consultant in the Social Development Department (SDV), and worked on a range of topics interfacing with social accountability including fragile and conflict states, Community Driven Development (CDD) and impact evaluations.
Shruti holds a B.A. in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University. She specializes in ethnographic methods, community-driven development and the politics of service provision. Her own research focuses on how the urban poor in India make claims on the local state when it comes to two of the scarcest resources in the country – water and land. Her findings are based on a year of ethnographic fieldwork in four of the largest slums in Calcutta. Her fieldwork was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Grant.