Vedavati Patwardhan

Ph.D. Candidate
Vedavati Patwardhan is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy and Management, with concentrations in Demography and Economics. Vedavati’s research focuses on women's empowerment and nutrition in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In her dissertation, Vedavati examines the relationship between female-centric policy interventions such as conditional cash transfers and children's nutrition. Her dissertation work also extends theoretical insights into variations in female decisonmaking over income in low and middle-income countries. Vedavati has a Master of Arts in Global & International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fergusson College, University of Pune, India. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Demographic Methods from the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology at the University of Washington. In 2019, she received a Certificate from the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Syracuse University (Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs). Previously, Vedavati spent four years as a Team Leader and Production Editor at Springer Nature India.
M.A. in Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011
B.A. in Economics, Fergusson College, University of Pune, 2007
Women's Empowerment
Food Security & Nutrition
Development Economics
Quantitative Methods

Anderson, C. L., Reynolds, T. W., Biscaye, P., Patwardhan, V., & Schmidt, C. (2020). Economic Benefits of Empowering Women in Agriculture: Assumptions and Evidence. The Journal of Development Studies, 1-16.

Committee Co-Chairs

C. Leigh Anderson

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Marc Lindenberg Professor for Humanitarian Action, International Development, and Global Citizenship
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Mary Kay Gugerty

Nancy Bell Evans Professor in Nonprofit Management
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Committee Members

Rachel Heath

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Associate Professor, UW Department of Economics

Caroline Weber

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Assistant Professor, Martin School, University of Kentucky
Essays on Gender, Nutrition and Development

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