Dr. Sonal Mobar Roy

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Assistant Professor

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj


Brief Biography

Currently working as Assistant Professor at the Center for Wage Employment and Livelihoods at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad, India. Her research interests include Sociology of Health and Education, Culture and Tribal Studies, Rural Development, and Ethnography. She is a member of international editorial boards and is involved in teaching, training and research.

Field of Interests

Dr. Roy did her master’s in Social Anthropology from Lucknow University and doctorate in Sociology from IIT Kanpur. Her research interests include Sociology of Health and Education, Culture and Tribal Studies, Rural Development, and Ethnography. She is a member of international editorial boards and has been involved in teaching, training and research at her institute. She has national and international publications to her name and strives to bridge the gap between theory and practice through her writings and research. She has presented paper at universities of repute such as Oxford University, Imperial College London and University of Berkeley, California.

Fields of Expertise

Current Research Projects

  1. Compendium of best practices in rural development and case teaching methods, 2016-17, with budget of Rs.4,12,700 sponsored by NIRDPR. (Completed)
  2. Mapping NIRD&PR adopted village Burgula for catalysing the process of development, 2017-18 with a budget of Rs.3,26,000 sponsored by NIRDPR. (Completed)
  3. Impact Evaluation of Financial Literacy and Development Interventions of UPASaC on Financial Inclusion, 2019-20 (Rs.1 million sponsored by Uttarakhand Government) as a research team member.
  4. Case Study on Assessing the Impact of Poshan Abhiyaan among Tribal population in Gudur Mandal, Mahbubabad district, Telangana, 2021-22 with a budget of Rs. 45,000 sponsored by NIRDPR. (Completed)
  5. Consultancy project: Final evaluation study of Watershed projects of special plan (KBK) 150 MWS under RLTAP schemes in KBK districts of Odisha, Directorate of Soil Conservation and Watershed, Government of Odisha, 2017-19, Rs. 9,44,000 as a team member.

Key Publications

Key Publications

  1. Roy Mobar Sonal, C. Dheeraja, D. Chimankar, A. Palla, R. Pammi amd G. Narendra Kumar, “Envisaging Development through Amrit Sarovars: A study of Mann ki Baat cases for revamping water storage and conservation” in Journal of Rural Development, Special issue on Rural Enterprises and Employment, Vol. 42 (1), April, 2023. ISSN-0970-3357
  2. Roy Mobar Sonal and G. V. Snigdha, “Mitigating poverty through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA): A critical review” in Implementation of Rural Development Programmes in India- A review and way Forward, edited by Dr. S. Ramesh, Vaagdevi Publishers, March 2023, ISBN : 978-93-85132-17-9.
  3. Roy Mobar Sonal (second author), NSR Prasad and P. Kesava Rao, “Achieving Inclusivity in Development Interventions through Geospatial Planning” in Indian experience in alignment with United Nations – Integrated Geo-spatial Information Framework, by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Report prepared during 2nd United Nations World Geo-spatial Information Congress, October, 2022.
  4. Roy Mobar Sonal, Goswami Tilottama, and Nara Kumar Charan, “Impact of Midday Meal Scheme in primary schools in India using exploratory data analysis and data visualization”, in Statistical Modeling in Machine Learning edited by Tilottama Goswami and G.R. Sinha, Elsevier, ISBN: 9780323917766, 2022.
  5. Roy Mobar Sonal, “Emergence of a model village: A Case study of Piplantri in Rajasthan” in Compendium of Best practices in Rural Development published by NIRDPR, ISBN: 978-93-91412-15-9, First Edition: January, 2022.
  6. Roy Mobar Sonal, “Deconstructing the notion of “digital wellbeing” through a postmodern lens” in Applied Research in Digital Wellbeing. Berlin, Germany: Peter Lang Verlag. Retrieved Feb 9, 2022, from https://www.peterlang.com/document/1175495, edited by Rad, D., Dughi, T., Maier, R., Egerău, A. 2022. ISBN 9783631871058.
  7. Roy Mobar Sonal, NSR Prasad and B Srinuvasa, “Achieving Sustainable Village Development Through Geo-information Application”, in Fong S., Dey N., Joshi A. (eds) ICT Analysis and Applications. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 314. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-5655-2_80; First Online01 January 2022, ISBN 978-981-16-5654-5

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D-27, NIRDPR, National Institute of Rural Development and PR, Hyderabad

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