Divya Nair


Passionate about improving the lives of the poorest in India through evidence and innovation.

Divya Nair is Director at IDinsight and leads learning partnerships in Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, Nutrition and Sanitation for the AMAL Unit.

Divya has overseen the growth of these partnerships to the current strength of about 24 persons engaged on a variety of innovative and impactful projects with key government and non-government partners. These teams apply a range of behavioural science and analytic tools to support the Indian government to design better policies, evaluate what works, and potentially scale up in some of India's poorest districts and beyond. Divya is also leading Capacity Building work to support officials at a range of levels in government to better use data for decision making.

In addition, Divya is Director on an early evaluation of Evidence Action’s technical assistance for Weekly Iron Folic Supplementation in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Divya is also working with Delhi Government to support the Mohalla Clinics programme.

Prior to joining IDinsight Divya worked with several development organizations including three years at the World Bank in Washington DC; and held consultant positions with the International Fund for Agriculture Development in Rome, and the Institute for Health Policy, Colombo.

Divya holds a PhD in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School, an MPA from the Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a bachelor’s degree from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.

Selected Publications

  • Peer-Reviewed Publications “Psychosocial Assessments during Injury Research: Is enrollment in SoLiD crèches associated with better test scores?” (with O. Alonge, J. Hamadani, S. Sharmin, S. El Arifeen, A. Hyder.) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health [Special Issue on Injury, 2016]

  • “Urban health advantages and penalties in India: Overview and case studies” (with P. Mullen, J. Nigam, K. Seth.) World Bank Discussion Paper No. AUS7433, 2016. (Article)

  • “Policy Makers’ and Practitioners’ Views on Integrating Behavioral Economics into Health Systems of Low- and Middle-Income Countries” (with A. Trujillo, A. Glassman et al.) Health Policy & Planning, 2014. (Article)

  • “How Girls Fall Behind on Cognitive Performance: Decomposition and Quantile Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India” Young Lives Working Paper. No. 115. December 2013. University of Oxford.

  • “Economics of Public Health Interventions for Children in Developing Countries” (with D. Bishai D, and T. Adams ) in The Elgar Companion to Health Economics (ed. Jones A.M.). 2012

  • “Measles Eradication versus Measles Control: An Economic Analysis” (with D. Bishai, B. Johns, A. Lefevre, E. Simons, A. Dabbagh). Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination, S3:002, 2012

  • “The Cost-effectiveness of Supplementary Immunization Activities for Measles: A Stochastic Model for Uganda.” (with D. Bishai, B. Johns, A. Lefevre, E. Simons, A. Dabbagh), Journal of Infectious Diseases. 204(1):107-115, July 2011