I am a social anthropologist with 10 years experience in development studies research, consultancy and programme management. As Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator (PI) I lead independent postdoctoral research supported by the DFID-funded consortium Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (study titled: ‘Implementation of the ICDS in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh: A systemic examination'). I have country expertise in India, and have carried out research in rural Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, as well in the cities of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Madurai. I have experience in teaching and curriculum development.      




2017, Chanchani Devanshi, ‘Maternal and Child Nutrition in Chhattisgarh: The role of health ideas and practicesAnthropology and Medicine 

2017, Chanchani Devanshi, ‘Would people of Chhattisgarh prefer cash transfers over foodgrain? Economic and Political Weekly

2017 Chanchani Devanshi, ‘Implementation of the ICDS in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – A systemic study LANSA Policy Briefing

2016 Chanchani Devanshi, ‘Implementation of the ICDS in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – A systemic study’, LANSA Working Paper

2016 Devanshi Chanchani, ‘Don’t ask such questions madam – the mechanics and math of Uttar Pradesh’s ICDS Nutrition Swindle’, LANSA Working Paper

2012 Ruth Phillips, Felicity Buckle, Devanshi Chanchani, ‘Evidence Paper on Agriculture and Nutrition- Annotated Bibliography’, DFID Evidence Paper on Agriculture and Nutrition Evidence on Demand, CEIL PEAKS/UEA/DFID




DFID-funded Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia Consortium (Responsive Window)– as Principal Investigator (sole PI and author of research bid) 

Implementation of the ICDS in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh: A systemic study” 

Value £68,200



Foundation for Urban and Regional  Writing-up Grant     

Value: £ 6,000



Parkes Foundation             

PhD Fieldwork Award (Split award for 2011)

Value: £ 1,500



Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK

Doctoral Research Scholarship (Success rate < 5 per cent)

Value: £ 90,000           



Academic Background




2015    Ph.D in Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK


Thesis: “Social Inequality, Reproductive Health and Child Development: A Chhattisgarh Village Study

2004    M.A. in Urban and Rural Community Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai              

Awarded with distinction - Grade A (Cumulative GPA: 4.61 UGC scale)


2001    B.A. in Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore University

Awarded with distinction; a) University Topper – Economics; b) University Rank - 7  (across all arts faculty)

Teaching Qualifications

2013    Certificate course on Developing Teaching Skills for Postgraduate Students, University of East Anglia, Centre for Staff and Educational Development

(Associate Member – HEA)


2005  Qualification for lectureship at the postgraduate level.

Indian University Grants Commission, National Eligibility Test (NET)

All Publications

Chanchani, D.


Maternal and child nutrition in rural Chhattisgarh: The role of health beliefs and practices,

in Anthropology and Medicine

Full Text UEA Repository


(E-pub ahead of print)

Chanchani, D.


Would the People of Chhattisgarh Prefer Cash Transfers instead of Foodgrain?,

in Economic and Political Weekly

Full Text UEA Repository



Chanchani, D.


Implementation of the ICDS in Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh (India): a systemic study: LANSA Research Briefing,

Full Text

(Other contribution)