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Sen, Gita
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Gita Sen
Public Policy

Professor, Centre for Public Policy

PhD (Economics), Stanford University, USA 1977
MA (Economics), Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 1970
BA (Special, Economics), Fergusson College, University of Poona, 1968

Phone:  +91-80-26993076
Address:  D-006

Research Areas:
Health and Population; Gender and Development; Inequality; Human Development


Recent Consulting:
Special Advisor to the Executive Director on Economic Security and Rights, UNIFEM, New York, 2006- 2007
External Advisor to the Open University, UK (MSc in Global Development Management Programme Board), 2003-current
Consultant to UNFPA, New Delhi (Drafting the Country Population Assessment document for 2003-2007)
External Advisor, Country Assistance Review - India, The World Bank, 1999-2000


Current Projects:
Fostering Knowledge Implementation Links Project (sponsored by Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project, Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Government of Karnataka) http://fkilp.iimb.ernet.in
Gender and Health Equity Project, Koppal district (Karnataka) (sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, Sida, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation)


Academic Positions: 
IIM Bangalore: 1993 - 2000; 2006 - present
Sir Ratan Tata Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, 2000 - 2006
Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, 2002-current
Visiting Professor, Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, 1991-93
Distinguished Mellon Professor, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York 1990-91
Fellow (Professor), Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, 1984 - 1992
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Economics, New School for Social Research, New York, Fall 1984
Associate Fellow (Assoc Professor), Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, 1981-1984
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York, 1976-1981
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Scarborough College, University of Toronto, Canada, 1975-76
Lecturer, Miranda House, University of Delhi, 1970-71



Honorary Doctor of Science in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, 2013
Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Sussex, February 2012
Honorary Doctor of the University, The Open University, UK, September 2009
Honorary Doctor of Medicine and Foreign Adjunct Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, May 2003
D.Litt (honoris causa), University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1998
Volvo Environment Prize, 1994
The 10th Annual Dr. C. Chandrasekaran Memorial Lecture, "Population Policies in 21st Century India : Realising the Promise of Human Rights", International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, 21 March 2012
The 4th Krishna Raj Memorial Lecture on Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Sciences, "Equity and Health in the Era of Reforms", Anusandhan Trust / University of Mumbai, 9 April 2010
The V.V.Giri Memorial Lecture, "Beyond a Segmented Economics of Work", Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics, Patiala, 11-13 December 2009
The 2nd BG Kumar Endowment Lecture, "Intersecting Inequalities", Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, January 24, 2009
The 10th Annual Sol Levine Lectureship on Society and Health, "Health Inequalities: Gendered Puzzles and Conundrums", Harvard School of Public Health, October 2008
Annual Bella Abzug Lecture, Hunter College, "Are women good for / at democracy?" City University of New York, March 2008
Irene Tinker Lecture at the International Center for Research on Women, Washington DC, November 2004
Romesh Chander Dutt Lectures on Political Economy,  Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta 1997
University of Amsterdam Development Lecture, 1997


Corporate / Public Sector Leadership:
President, Health Economics Association of India, 2011 - current
Chairperson, United Nations Forum on Minority Issues, Geneva, 14-15 December 2010
Member, Global Advisory Board, Open Society Foundations, 2012 - current
Member, Mission Steering Group, National Rural Health Mission, Govt of India, 2008-current
Vice-Chair, Governing Council, United Nations University, Tokyo, 2007- 2011
Member, Governing Board, National Health Systems Resource Centre, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India, 2007 - current
Member, Key Advisory Group of Experts, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India, 2006 - current
Member, Board of Governors, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, 2002 - 2008
Member, Expert Group on Development Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden, 2005 - 2007
Member, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, November 2004 - 2006
Member of the Board, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva, 1997 - 2003
Vice-Chairperson of the Board, International Women's Health Coalition, New York, 1997 - 2002
Member, Board of Trustees, HealthWatch, 1998-2008
Vice-President, Society for International Development, Rome, 1997-2000
Chairperson, External Gender Consultative Group, The World Bank, Washington D.C., 1998 - 2000


Award Committees:
Member, Prize Committee, Volvo Environment Prize, 2000 - current (currently Chairperson)
Member, Judging Panel for Awards for Human Development, UNDP, 2002, 2007


Technical Committees:
Member, High Level Task Force for ICPD Implementation, UNFPA, 2012- current
Member, High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage, Planning Commission of India, 2010-2012
Co-Chair, Technical Advisory Group on Gender Equality and Health, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), 2008 - current
Member,  International Academic Council, Post-Graduate Program in Human Development, FLACSO, Argentina
Member, Advisory Committee, Socioeconomic and Caste Census 2011, Ministry of Rural Development, 2011 - current
Member, Technical Advisory Committee, Karnataka State Health System Resource Centre, 2011 - current
Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Dept of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organisation, 2010 - current
Member, Technical Resource Group on Monitoring & Evaluation, National AIDS Control Organisation, Govt of India, 2007 - 2009
Member, Academic Committee, Public Health Foundation of India, 2007 - current
Member, Global Health Advisory Committee, Open Society Institute, New York, 2006 - 2012
Co-coordinator, Knowledge Network on Women and Gender Equity, Independent Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation, 2005 - 2008
Member, Taskforce on Research Priorities for Equity in Health, World Health Organisation, 2004-2005
Member, Advisory Council, Population Foundation of India, 2004 - current
Member, India Advisory Group, Packard Foundation, 2003- current
Member, United Nations Secretary General's Millenium Project Taskforce on Gender and Education, 2002 - 2005
Member, National Consultative Group, United Nations Population Fund, New Delhi, 2001- 2004
Member, Global Advisory Committee on Health Research, World Health Organisation, Geneva, 2000 - 2005
Member, International Advisory Committee for the Report on the Development Studies Sector in the UK, DFiD, UK, 1999
Chairperson, International Advisory Group, Program on Population, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, 1996 - 2001
Member, Committee on Gender and Population, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, 1995 - 1999


Membership in Editorial Boards
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Zed Books, 2006 - current
Member, International Advisory Board, In Focus (UNDP Poverty Centre), 2005 - current
Member, International Editorial Advisory Board, Global Public Health, 2005 - current
Asia Corresponding Editor, Journal of International Development, 2001 - current
Member, Advisory Board, Journal of Human Development, 1999 - current
Member, Advisory Board, Global Environmental Politics, 1999 - current
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Social and Economic Change, 1997 - current
Member, Board of General Advisors, Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems, 1996 - 1998
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Gender, Technology and Development, 1996 - current
Contributing Editor, Environment, 1995 - 1997
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Development and Change, 1995 - current
Member, Editorial Board, Gender and Development, 1994 - current
Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Development, the Journal of the Society for International Development, 1994-current
Member, Editorial Board, The Women and Development Annual, 1989-1990
International Correspondent, Signs: the Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 1984 - 89.
Editorial Consultant, Feminist Studies, 1984-86


Significant Publications:

1. Improving Equity in Health by Addressing Social Determinants Geneva, WHO, 2011 (http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789241503037_eng.pdf)
2. Report of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage, 2011, Submitted to the Planning Commission of India (http://planningcommission.nic.in/reports/genrep/rep_uhc0812.pdf)
3. Gender Equity in Health: the Shifting Frontiers of Evidence and Action, 2010, New York, Routledge Studies in Health and Social Welfare
4. (Guest editor) Gender Inequity in Health: Why It Exists and How We Can Change It Special Supplement, Global Public Health, 2008 3(2): Supplement 1
5. Unequal, unfair, ineffective and inefficient: Gender inequity in health - Why it exists and how we can change it, Final report to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health by the Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network, 2007.
6. Engendering International Health: the Challenge of Equity , Cambridge, The MIT Press, 2002
7. Women's Empowerment and Demographic Processes - Moving Beyond Cairo, Oxford, Oxford University Press / International Studies in Demography, 2000
8. Gender Mainstreaming in Finance: a reference manual for governments and other stakeholders, London, Commonwealth Secretariat, 1999
9. Population Policies Reconsidered: Health, Empowerment and Rights, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1994
10. Power and Decision: the Social Control of Reproduction, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1994
11. Gender, Economic Growth and Poverty: Market Growth and State Planning in Asia and the Pacific, New Delhi, Asian and Pacific Development Centre / Kali for Women, 1994
12. Development, Crises, and Alternative Visions - Third World Women's Perspectives, New York, Monthly Review Press, 1987
13. "Universal health coverage in India: a long and winding road" in Economic and Political Weekly, February 25, 2012 vol XLVII no 8, 45-52
14. "Priorities for research on equity and health: towards an equity-focused health research agenda" in PLoS Medicine, November 2011, vol 8, issue 11, e1001115 (selected for the special WHO/PLoS collection, "World Health Report 2012: No Health Without Research" http://www.ploscollections.org/whr2012)
15. "Who gains, who loses, and how: leveraging gender and class intersections to secure health entitlements" Social Science and Medicine, Volume 74, Issue 11, June 2012, Pages 1802-1811
16. "Beyond a segmented economics of work" The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol 53, No 1, January - March 2010, pp 43-59
17. "A methodology to analyse the intersections of social inequalities in health" Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, November 2009 10(3): pp 397 - 415
18. "Addressing social determinants of health inequities: what can the state and civil society do?" The Lancet, volume 372, Number 9650, pages 1684-9, November 8-14, 2008
19. "Informal institutions and gender equality" in Informal Institutions - How Social Norms Help or Hinder Development (eds) Johannes Jutting, Denis Drechsler, Sebastian Bartsch and Indra de Soysa, 2007, Development Centre Studies, OECD, Paris
20. "The role of solidarity in institutions of governance" in Studies in Development, Security and Culture. Volume II: Human Values and Global Governance, (ed) Bjorn Hettne 2007 Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
21. "The dynamics of gender and class in access to health care: evidence from rural Karnataka, India" International Journal of Health Services, Volume 37, Number 3, Pages 537-554, 2007
22. "Priorities for research to take forward the health equity policy agenda" Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, vol 83, no 12, December 2005
23. "Paying attention to gender and poverty in health research: content and process issues" Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, vol 82, no 10, October 2004
24. "Health research and policy: the case for gender equity" in Journal of Health Management, 4:2, July-December 2002
25. "Structural Reforms and Health Equity: A Comparison of NSS Surveys of 1986-87 and 1995-96" Economic and Political Weekly, vol XXXVII No 14 April 6-12, 2002
26. "Gender mainstreaming in finance ministries," World Development, July 2000 (German translation in Femina Politica, 1/2002)
27. "Empowerment as an approach to poverty", Human Development Papers 1997 - Poverty and Human Development, UNDP, New York, 1997
28. "Gender, markets and states: a selective review and research agenda," World Development 26:5 May 1996
29. "World hunger, livelihoods and the environment" in Planet Earth - Problems and Prospects (eds) James A. Leith, Raymond Price and John Spencer, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995
30. "Creating common ground between environmentalists and women: thinking locally, acting globally?" Ambio: a Journal of the Human Environment XXIV:1 February 1995