K.G. Santhya is a senior associate based in New Delhi, where she conducts research on strategies to improve adolescent girls’ reproductive and sexual health and on development, gender-based violence, and maternal health. She is also involved in activities to strengthen the capacity of researchers and program implementers.
Santhya has extensive experience designing and conducting rigorous qualitative and quantitative studies on the rights of youth, gender equity, reproductive health, and gender-based violence. She has published many book chapters, international peer-reviewed journal articles, and study reports.
In 2000, Santhya received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Population Council in New Delhi. She became a program officer in 2000, a senior program officer in 2004, an associate I in 2009, and an associate II in 2012. She serves on the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population Panel on Reproductive Health and is an elected member of the Asian Population Association Council. She holds a PhD in population studies from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and MA degrees in economics from the University of Kerala, India, and population studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai.