Aakanksha Melkani

Aakanksha Melkani

PhD Student

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Name : Aakanksha Melkani

PhD in Agriculture, Food and Resource economics, First year

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She is interested in studying the impacts of agricultural policy, especially those related to input subsidies, on different agents such as farmers, consumers and retailers. She wishes to explore the trade-off between the impact of these policies on agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability. Policies relating to conflicts in natural resources such as water bodies and common property resources such as forests are also of interest to her. I have also worked on rural-urban transitions in developing countries, especially in the context of changing employment patterns from farm based to off-farm employment.


She has a working knowledge of statistical software such as SPSS and STATA, and has experience in developing and pre-testing questionnaires and data collection from farms and households.

For her first Master’s dissertation, Melkani developed a simple methodology to compute the carbon emission equivalents of Rice-Wheat cropping system in Punjab state of India. For her second Master’s dissertation, she analyzed a panel of households across six Indian villages to understand how gender roles and changing economic opportunities are determining division of labor between spouses.

Currently Melkani is working with Dr. Nicole Mason to develop a questionnaire for testing impacts of bidirectional learning techniques in extension activities in Tanzania.