Dr. Rajlakshmi Mallik is a development economist, policy researcher and an academic, with a rich experience of twenty
two years. A Ph.D. in Economics from Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata, she has a long-standing interest and experience
in policy-oriented development economics research on Financial Inclusion, Higher Education, Empowerment, Quality
of Life, Sustainable Development and Vulnerability Assessment. She also has extensive teaching experience in various
Economics and Management programmes. As Technical Advisor of SSESS, Kolkata, she recently led and concluded a
NITI Aayog, GOI project on Status of Women in Science among Select Institutions in India: Policy Implications. As
President and Head, Research and Training of C-DRAṢṬᾹ which was founded in 2015, she is steering the non-profit
research institution towards the realisation of its mission of Observe, Reason and Empower. C-DRAṢṬᾹ research team
under her able leadership has been consistently working and successfully completed projects in the areas of Green
Tourism and Organic Farming funded by the IPR Dept. Govt. of Sikkim along with other areas addressing social issues
such as tobacco use among adolescents, adivasi education, youth employment etc.
She also recently completed an Impact Assessment Study of Nanritam’s ‘Education for All’ Programme (IAEFA – A
Report) 2023 and prepared a review report based on the IAEFA study and Annual Status of Education Report (Rural)
(ASER) 2022. She has worked and has been associated with several institutions of repute in India and abroad like
Burdwan University, NSHM Business School, Loreto College, Presidency Univerisity and Calcutta University. She has
published in national and international peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Theoretical and Institutional
Economics, Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, Theoretical Economics Letters, International Game Theory Review,
Journal of Economic Research and others and has disseminated broadly.
She is an ardent lover of nature, wild-life and adventure tourism and anything that connects her with nature and
wellness. In her endeavours her guiding principle is that ‘The situation is either good or there is a gap that can be made
good’ through efforts based on the mesh of Method, Empathy, Sincerity and Honesty.