Yamini is the President and Chief Executive of the Center for Policy Research, one of India’s leading think tanks. Yamini’s work sits at the intersections of research and policy practice. Her research spans the field of social policy (education, health and social protection), governance and State capacity, federalism and the study of contemporary politics in India.In 2008, Yamini found the Accountability Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research. The initiative is credited with pioneering one of India’s largest expenditure tracking surveys for elementary education. Yamini has published widely in academic journals and the popular press. In addition, she serves on a number of government policy committees and boards of non-profits and think tanks. Yamini is an aluma of the London School of Economics, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
A Billion Fireflies: Shaping a New Post-pandemic World
Arun Maira and Yamini Aiyar in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
In a world staggering under constant change fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the fragility of our economic systems are clearer than ever with authoritarianism rising and global institutions weakening. Arun Maira's latest book, A Billion Fireflies: Critical Conversations to Shape a New Post-Pandemic World, calls for a reinvention of the economy based on principles of inclusion, deep democracy and designs of adaptive systems. Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of the Center for Policy Research, one of India’s leading think tanks. Her work sits at the intersections of research and policy practice, spanning the fields of social policy, governance, state capacity, federalism and the study of contemporary politics in India. In conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, they explore the necessary paradigm shifts that must take place at a leadership and policy level to brace ourselves for the future.