Radhika Iyengar

Associate Research Scholar, Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), Columbia Climate School

BIOGRAPHY: Radhika Iyengar has a Ph.D. in Economics of Education from Teachers College in 2011. She received a distinction from Teachers College, Columbia University on her dissertation Social capital as a determinant of schooling in rural India: A mixed methods study. She has also presented her dissertation in various conferences like the Comparative International Education Society, and was awarded the New Scholars Fellowship-Comparative International Education Society for 2010.Prior to her Ph.D. at Columbia University, she has a Masters degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, India. Her professional experience also includes working in an India based non-profit organization- Pratham, for multiple years, as well as many other academic and non-profit contributions. At Pratham, Radhika brought cutting edge research into operation in the program management and implementation areas. She continues to support NGOs in India by conducting technical capacity building workshops in India. She also serves on the Board of advisors of NGOs affiliated with the Government of India working towards rural educational literacy and women’s empowerment.

Along with a rich practical experience of six years, Radhika has also made a contribution to the scientific community focusing on international educational development. She has published numerous articles in reputed journals in her field and also has been referred to by others in her field. Along with published articles, she has co-authored numerous reports that are being used by both domestic and international stakeholders. This also includes her work as a Research Fellow with the Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative at Teachers College which is showcased on the University website. Radhika has been an active leader both at Teachers College, Columbia University and beyond. She took the initiative to organize a series of Lectures in International Development (LID) at the University. Given the overwhelming response to the lectures, she was able to establish DISHA (Development in South Asia), an active researchers-group based at Teachers College. DISHA has a membership of 170 members from South Asia and continues to invite scholars and practitioners to discuss relevant educational issues. Radhika was also elected as the Program Chair of the South Asia Special Interest Group (SIG) at the Comparative International Education Society (2011-2013). Her duties include selection of research papers for panels organized SIG and lead discussions at the yearly conference. She envisions the SIG of becoming a platform for exchanging ideas and collaborating with NGO’s and governments’ to fill the existing gaps in research, policy and practice. In her role as an Education Specialist, Radhika worked collaboratively with teams and handled multiple research responsibilities. She has also been able to form partnerships with faculty at Teachers College with researchers and program administrators from the Earth Institute. Her work will be critical in shaping the directions of the Education Sector at the Earth Institute. Her research interests in conducting evaluation of educational programs and international educational development is in line with her role and responsibilities at the Earth Institute.


Only select projects listed below
Name Start Date End Date
Connect To Learn Myanmar – Phase Two Monitoring and Evaluation 10/1/17 3/31/19
Crafting education data visualization policy for Ghana
CTL Myanmar & India- Literacy & Vocational Training Needs Assessment 6/30/17 7/31/18
DFID Girls' Education Challenge 4/1/14 12/31/17
Ericsson Grant FY2015-Core Operating Costs 1/1/15 6/30/18
General Operating Support for the Center for Sustainable Development 11/2/16 10/31/17
Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) Education Baseline
ICT in Education Impact Study 9/1/12 12/31/15
Improving Early Grade Literacy in Burundi 3/7/19 3/6/20
Preparation of Case Studies for the Relevance of Post-basic Education to the Changing Realities of Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring the perspectives of young people 7/28/17 10/31/17
Real-time Access and Utilization of Children’s Learning Data in the Tamale region of Northern Ghana. 7/1/12 8/1/14
Strengthening Education for Northeast Nigeria (SENSE) 4/1/19 3/31/22
Towards a New Indian Model of ICT-Led Growth and Development 7/1/18 6/30/23
UNESCO Post-Basic Education Research Synthesis Report 10/11/17 11/30/17
Veggiecation 11/1/15 12/15/15
Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative 3/25/16 12/31/17
Enhancing the impact of well testing for fluoride with skits and songs in rural India 1/1/20 12/31/21
Early Grade Learning Project (PAADESCO-Shishikara) 3/7/19 12/31/20
Community Science to Address Microplastic Pollution in Environmental Underserved Communities in New York and New Jersey 7/1/23 6/30/25