India’s support of economic reforms and structural changes have resulted in high growth rates and substantial reductions in poverty. By embracing technology to improve service delivery in important sectors, the country is poised to significantly enhance the lives of its citizens and its role in the global economy.
The King Center on Global Development facilitates rigorous research, student engagement, and collaboration between Stanford faculty and students with research centers and institutions in India. Conferences and workshops promote knowledge sharing between researchers, policymakers, and business and community leaders from India and other countries.
Research and Collaboration
The King Center advances a broad range of robust, data-driven research in India by Stanford faculty and students and their strategic partners around the world. Research by King Center faculty affiliates provides insight into key issues affecting India’s public and private sectors.
The King Center collaborates with institutions in India to organize events, including conferences on Indian economic policy and workshops featuring Stanford faculty research. The center also hosts India’s leading policy makers, providing opportunities for the Stanford community to interact with key influencers.
The center’s Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work alongside a Stanford faculty member and with a local partner on-the-ground. In two experiences for summer 2020, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to evaluate how civics education affects women’s political representation and participation, as well as assess the impact of interventions to preserve the livelihoods of local artisans.
The King Center also supports Stanford students conducting their own research on India. Graduate student research funding and fellowship opportunities are available and a number of Stanford students conducting research in India have received funding. Recently, political science PhD candidate Aliz Tóth received graduate student research funding for her original research on political participation among urban voters in India.