Swati Narayan’s research focuses on the analysis of human development and social policies from an inter-disciplinary perspective, across South Asia and especially in India. Prior to NIAS, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Development. Previously, she has worked extensively as an independent researcher with a range of international and national non-government organisations and managed South Asian research at Oxfam GB. She has completed her PhD at the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai. Previously she has Masters' degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London and TISS. She is also an alumna of the Cambridge Advanced Programme in Rethinking Development Economics (CAPORDE) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). For more than a decade, she has also been an activist with a range of civil society organisations.
Have authored a number of research reports for United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Oxfam International (OI), Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE), International Food Security Network (IFSN), Global Campaign for Education (GCE), ActionAid International (AAI), Right to Food Campaign (RTF), Centre for Equity Studies (CES), National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
Presentation on ‘Southern Super Models: Human Development Trajectories of Sri Lanka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu’, 4th International Conference on South Asian Economic Development, South Asian University, New Delhi, February 2018 Guest Lecture on ‘Feminist Standpoint’ for the Gender, Knowledge and Research Practice Course, Department of Gender Studies, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, October 2017 Presentation on ‘Social Distance and Welfare Services in South Asian Neighbours: Bihar, Nepal and Bangladesh’, Research Seminars 2017-18, Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, October 2017
Narayan, Swati (2021). Fighting hunger: With 45% Indians excluded from the food security net, it's time to universalise the PDS, Scroll.in, 20 June 2021
Narayan, Swati (2021). India is no country for women. Could the pandemic help change that? , The Indian Express, 28 April 2021
Narayan, Swati (2021). Union Budget 2021: Slashed funds for NREGA, Poshan Abhiyan 2.0, elderly pensions reflect poorly on Centre", Firstpost, 2 Februar 2021