Hi, I'm Winson!

I am a researcher with an interest in the political economy of policy and programming for climate change adaptation and food security in development contexts. I am currently a doctoral researcher at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK and an Affiliated Scholar at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) in India. At IDS, I am a member of the Health and Nutrition Research Cluster and the Resource Politics Research Cluster.

Trained as a public health nutritionist, my postgraduate work focused on the policymaking of nutrition-sensitive agriculture in developing countries. Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked for Action Against Hunger (ACF-UK), where I reviewed nutrition policies and programmes in the South Asian and Sub-Sahara African regions and conducted nutrition advocacy work to the Department for International Development (DFID) of the British Government.

I earned a Master in International Public Health Nutrition (MSc) at the University of Westminster, London UK; and a Master in Design (MDes) at Raffles College of Design and Commerce, Sydney Australia. My MSc thesis analysed the nutrition-sensitive agriculture policies of countries in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; my MDes thesis explored the role of design in civil societies for social activism.


Research Projects

Ongoing: "Addressing equity in a climate-smart future: A study of Climate-Smart Agriculture development in Haryana, India"

My doctoral research studies social equity issues in the development of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) in India through the case study of local ‘Climate-Smart Village’ programmes by CCAFS-CGIAR. It demonstrates how CSA practices and technologies translate into ground-level realities for farming households and their socioeconomic implications. The goal of the research is to inform a more equitable development of Indian agriculture in the rapidly changing climate.

Ongoing: "Equity in Agriculture-Nutrition Research"

Commissioned by the CGIAR’s Agriculture for Nutrition and Health programme, this project assesses ANH research output in terms of its equity content and focus. It searches for and maps all equity-related research published in the ANH field, so that researchers have a sense of which equity issues are being addressed in this research, and where there are gaps.


Research Interests

My research interests are:

  • Agricultural development

  • Climate change adaptation

  • Community food security

  • Food system governance and resilience

  • Public health nutrition

  • Rural development

  • Social equality and equity


Professional Affiliations

I am a registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition UK (UKVRN number 11207).

I am a member of the Health and Nutrition Research Cluster and the Resource Politics Research Cluster at IDS.


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