Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Agrarian Change
- Labour Economics
- Food Security
- Computational Methods in Economics
- Data, Development, and Democracy
- Disability Inclusion
Prachi completed her PhD from the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She also has a master’s degree in Economics from JNU.
Her research interests include field-based research and working with large-scale unit-level datasets. Her research spans agrarian issues, food security, labour, and land acquisition. Her PhD thesis was on labour absorption in Indian agriculture.
She has extensive experience working with UN organisations. She has worked as an Agricultural Statistician at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, Thailand. She developed expertise in data-anonymisation techniques, the use of geospatial data, handling micro-data for different countries, and calculating different Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators.
She has worked with the International Labour Organisation, Geneva as a consultant on issues related to bonded labour, child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking.
She has been teaching quantitative methods at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai since 2017. Presently, she is also working on making data analysis easier and accessible for visually impaired scholars through the use of innovative pedagogical methods.
She has presented her research work on various platforms, including the University of Oxford, International Labour Organisation (ILO), as a keynote speaker at the International Year of Pulses 2016 Regional Dialogue for Asia and the Pacific, Mongolia.
Chapters in Edited Books
- Bansal, P. (Forthcoming). Female labour absorption in Indian agriculture: A study based on farm-enterprise data. In M.A. Madi, & A. Puyana (Eds.), (untitled). World Economic Association (WEA).
- Bansal, P. & Rawal, V. (2022). Economic liberalisation and fertiliser policies. In R. Ramakumar (Ed.), Distress in the Fields: Indian Agriculture After Economic Liberalization. Tulika Books.
- Rawal, V., Bansal, P., & Bansal, V. (2019). Land acquisition and income disparities: Case study of a village in Jharia, Jharkhand. In A. Narayanamoorthy, R.V. Bhavani, & S. Sujatha (Eds.), Whither Rural India? Political Economy of Agrarian Transformation in Contemporary India. Tulika Books.
- Rawal, V., & Bansal, P. (2019). Chickpea: Transformation in production conditions. In V. Rawal, & D.K. Navarro (Eds.), The Global Economy of Pulses (pp.21 – 36). Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Rome. http://www.fao.org/3/i7108en/I7108EN.pdf
- Bansal, P., Rawal, V., & Bansal, V. (2019). Pulses of Phaseolus and Vigna genera. In In V. Rawal, & D.K. Navarro (Eds.), The Global Economy of Pulses (pp.39 – 71). Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Rome. http://www.fao.org/3/i7108en/I7108EN.pdf
- Bansal, P., & Bansal, V. (2019). Dry pea: Production driven by demand for animal feed. In V. Rawal, & D.K. Navarro (Eds.), The Global Economy of Pulses (pp.99 – 108). Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Rome. http://www.fao.org/3/i7108en/I7108EN.pdf
- Bansal, P. (2019). Pulses of the Vicia genus. In V. Rawal, & D.K. Navarro (Eds.), The Global Economy of Pulses (pp.109 – 114). Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Rome. http://www.fao.org/3/i7108en/I7108EN.pdf
- Bansal, P., Garimella, S., & Arora, S. (2022). The political economy of fertilizer crisis in India. Agrarian South Network Research Bulletin,13, 06 – 10. http://www.agrariansouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/ASN_RB_Mar-Apr_2022-_Final.pdf
- Bansal, P., & Rawal, V. (2020). Economic liberalisation and fertiliser policies. Social Scientist, 48(9 – 10), 33 – 54. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26978914
- Rawal, V., Bansal, V., & Bansal, P. (2019). Prevalence of undernourishment in Indian states: Explorations based on the NSS 68th Round Data. Economic and Political Weekly, 54(15), 35 – 45. https://www.epw.in/journal/2019/15/special-articles/prevalence-undernourishment-indian-states.html
- Bansal, P. (2017). [Review of the book Will Africa Feed China?, by D. Brautigam] Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, 6(2), 291 – 294. https://doi.org/10.1177/2277976017731849 (A longer version of the review was published on Indianstatistics.org: http://indianstatistics.org/2017/10/20/land-grab.html)
- Bansal, P. (2020, May 05). Covid-19: India’s lockdown through the eyes of French media. Corona Policy Impact. https://coronapolicyimpact.org/2020/05/05/covid-19-indias-lockdown-through-the-eyes-of-french-media/
- Bansal, P. (2020, April 21). COVID-19 in rural India-XV: Agricultural markets in disarray. NewsClick. https://news.agropages.com/News/NewsDetail — 34958.htm
- Bansal, P. (2020, April 07). COVID-19 in Rural India- I: Harvesting and selling anxiety grips farmers in Haryana’s Birdhana village. NewsClick. https://www.newsclick.in/COVID-19-Rural-India-Harvesting-Selling-Anxiety-Grips%20Farmers-Haryana
- Rawal, V., and Bansal, P. (2019, June 14). Surgical strike on employment: The record of the first Modi government. Deshabhimani. https://www.deshabhimani.com/english/articles/surgical-strike-on-employment-the-record-of-the-first-modi-government/901
- Bansal, P. (2017, December 27). Lives of peasants in India. NewsClick. https://www.newsclick.in/lives-peasants-india‑8
- Bansal, P., and Rawal, V. (2020). Economic Liberalisation and Fertiliser Policies, Society for Social and Economic Research (SSER), New Delhi. https://www.indianstatistics.org/ssermonograph/2020/10/23/fertilizer-policies.html
- Rawal, V., Bansal, P., and Bansal, V. (2016). Land Acquisition and Income Disparities: Case Study of a Village in Jharia, Jharkhand, Society for Social and Economic Research (SSER), New Delhi. https://archive.indianstatistics.org/sserwp/sserwp1601.pdf
Provision of training
- Bansal, P. (Forthcoming). Data analysis for the visually impaired, Azim Premji University,
- Bansal, P. (2022, November 28 – December 2). SDG 5a1 compilation for Bhutan and Indonesia, technical meetings to compile farm-based SDG indicators and anonymised geospatial data layers, FAORAP, Bangkok.
- Bansal, P. (2020, January 1). Sustainable Development Goals Indicator 2.3.1, and 2.3.2 related to productivity and incomes of small – scale food producers, training on SDG‑2 (End hunger, achieve food security, and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture), National Survey Systems Training Academy, NSSO.
- Bansal, P. (2019, May 1). Sustainable Development Goals Indicator 2.3.1, 2.3.2 and 2.4.1 related to productivity and incomes of small – scale food producers, Introductory workshop on SDG indicators related to food and agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, New Delhi.