Bidhubhusan Mahapatra is a project director at the Population Council, leading the work on data science, climate change, migration and family planning, and WASH in the Council’s India office. Mahapatra undertakes primary and secondary research to generate evidence to inform program implementers and policy makers. He also leads the Data Science Lab instituted in the Council’s India office to innovate and develop machine learning models for various health and developmental issues.
Mahapatra serves as a co-lead of the Council’s Population, Environmental Risks, and the Climate Crisis (PERCC) initiative. In this role, he provides strategic input to climate change work across Council offices and undertakes research on examining the effects of air pollution and climate change on public health. He is also a core team member of the Council’s Humanitarian Task Force (HTF), where he provides inputs on developing a strategic framework for undertaking humanitarian work.
Before joining the Council, Mahapatra was South Asia- Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Room to Read, where he provided strategic leadership to the in-country MLE teams. Prior to that role, he worked with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, working across Hindu-Kush Himalayan countries on various environmental issues.
Mahapatra has published 55 peer-reviewed papers in various journals and participated at numerous international conferences to present findings from his research. He serves as Academic Editor of PLOS One and the International Journal of Reproductive Medicine.
Mahapatra has a Doctorate in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences, where he examined how sexual mixing and concurrency in sexual relationship affects HIV risk behaviors among female sex workers in India.