Gauri Chandra

I am interested in the application of insights from behavioural economics to policy-making. My doctoral research at the Blavatnik School of Government seeks to focus on evaluating the efficacy of various behavioural interventions aimed at encouraging practices that promote sanitation, health and hygiene in rural parts of India. Ultimately, my goal is to help governments develop effective policy solutions, which are grounded in theory and supported by evidence.

Prior to starting at Blavatnik, I worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Sir Julian Le Grand at the Marshall Institute, London School of Economics. In this role, I drew upon economic and psychological theory to study and model altruistic behaviour, and conducted empirical research to understand the factors underlying ethical consumption choices. My experience of working in the social development sector, at Becoming I Foundation cultivated my interest in policy research. In collaboration with Teach for India, I worked to bring reforms in education for low-income groups in New Delhi and engaged directly with the beneficiaries, which helped me see how policies affect people on the ground.

I received my undergraduate degree in economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and an MSc Management and Strategy from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. For my Masters’ thesis I designed two non-monetary interventions to discourage the consumption of single-use plastic bags, and tested them using randomised controlled trials. I was invited to present my paper alongside leading academics in experimental social sciences at two international conferences – IMEBESS, held at the European University Institute, Florence and the Behavioural Spillovers Workshop at Cardiff University. These truly fantastic experiences cemented my desire to pursue doctoral research in the field of behavioural public policy.