About Us

We are a not-for-profit think tank with an aim to conduct high-impact social & economic research and convey key findings to the wider public.

 Founded in 2018


The Development Research Foundation strives to be a leading economics research organisation in India with a focus on policy issues. India’s challenges are unique and so must be the proposed solutions. To arrive at these solutions, our researchers aim to combine international best practices with a nuanced understanding of local contexts. We aim to continuously innovate and engage with other disciplines to push the development agenda forward.


As a team of young economists, we aim to bring economic research to the forefront of policy making in India. A successful policy idea must be backed by evidence, be cost-effective and scalable. However, there is a mismatch between the supply of research and its applicability for policy, in particular. At the Development Research Foundation (DRF), we aim to explore innovative ideas from the world of academia and translate them into actionable plans.


Surbhi Ghai

Specialisation(s): Labour Markets & Industrialisation; Gender & Education

Surbhi is a development economist with a particular focus on gender issues in labour markets. Her research explores the links between education, social norms and  female workforce participation in the Indian context. Previously, she worked for several years at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi and at Stanford University. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University College London, UK and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.

"Alone, we go quickly. Together, we go far." ~ African Proverb

Contact Us

We accept unsolicited research articles and blog posts (800-1500 words in length) for publication following a review process. We look forward to receiving articles from young as well as prominent researchers via email at foundation.devresearch@outlook.com. Other queries may be sent to the same email address.

The DRF operates globally and is registered in Dehradun, India.

We operate globally and are registered in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India