Ipsita Das earned a Bachelors degree in Sociology (Honors) from Miranda House, University of Delhi, India, a Post-Graduate degree in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, India and a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University. As an Associate Research Manager at IMRB International’s India office, she worked on large-scale survey research projects on HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, and forced labor. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she was a Research Fellow with Duke University and NEERMAN in India. During her fellowship, she worked on impact evaluation of programs in water and sanitation and improved cookstoves in India, and electricity provision in Bangladesh.

Ipsita’s research interests are in understanding the relationship between environment, health and development outcomes; household energy use in low-resource countries; and exploring determinants of health-improving technology adoption. At UNC-Chapel Hill, she was a recipient of the Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship and a pre-doctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center.