Priyanka is an MSc candidate in Comparative Social Policy from India. She completed her Bachelors in Planning in 2016 from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Bhopal, India.
Priyanka is passionate about understanding how environment can improve health. She has worked on diverse planning related projects including: working in 17 urban slums of Bhopal and Kolkata, isolated tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh, and camel fair grounds of Pushkar. These projects have made her believe that spatial planning techniques can be useful in designing social policies, as built environment affects individual behaviour, especially of women. At Oxford, she hopes to integrate her interest in spatial planning with social policies in relation to health, especially from a gendered perspective.
Since March 2015, Priyanka has also been working as a Research Assistant for an international book-writing project on “Family Demography in Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Fertility Preferences”, led by the Asian Population Association and the University of Oxford.