Dr. Namrata Chindarkar is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS) and a faculty associate at the Institute of Water Policy, NUS. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland concentrating in international development policy. Her research addresses questions pertaining to sustainable development and social policy. Currently, her three key research themes are access to basic infrastructure (energy, water, and sanitation); individual and household welfare (poverty, inequality, food security, subjective well-being); and gender and development. Her methodological approach is applied econometrics and policy impact evaluation using primary, secondary, and administrative policy data. Her research on gender and development examines interactions and spillovers of sustainable development and social policies from a gendered lens. These include effects of improved water supply, rural electrification, sanitation, and food security on women and girls. Another key aspect of her gender research is conceptualizing and operationalizing multi-dimensional empowerment (MDE) and examining the sustainability of MDE.