Sohini Paul is a Senior Program Officer based in the Population Council's New Delhi office. Her work focuses on costing analysis of women's groups and implementation research in adolescents' wellbeing in India, particularly the school to work transition. As a member of the global Evidence Consortium on Women's Groups, Paul currently works on costing and cost-effectiveness analyses of women's groups, focusing on the National Rural Livelihoods Mission in India. She also co-leads a collaborative initiative to generate evidence on implementing school-based interventions to improve labour force participation, and ultimately economic empowerment, amongst young girls in Bihar.
In the past, Paul co-led a program of work on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) in India which aimed to deepen the knowledge of MNCH through in-depth analyses of various relevant data sets; to support a new generation of MNCH researchers; and to disseminate the knowledge generated.
Before joining the Council, Paul worked as a fellow at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), one of India's oldest thinktanks. She has led evaluations of different government welfare schemes, including food security programs. During the process, Paul worked closely with governments of state and central government ministries in India. Paul was a member of the Evaluation Reference Group for the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) reforms projects evaluation conducted by the UN World Food Program. She served as an ICCR Chair Professor at Norman Peterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada.
Paul was a post-doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She holds a PhD in Economics from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), India.