Selva Swetha A. R.
MIT GOV/LAB Alumni
Swetha was a Senior Research Support Associate at the MIT GOV/LAB, with research interests in the political economy of development, and political behavior. She has previously worked in impact evaluation and evidence-based policy research roles, as a Research Associate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in India, and at a think tank developing a reconfigured health system for rural India. She has a Master’s in Global Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Warwick.
Update August 2018
India Unheard: Community Journalists Turned Activists Take on Rural Issues
Uncut scenes from field work in Jharkhand and Bihar, India and supporting research with Video Volunteers and Professor Gabi Kruks-Wisner (MIT PhD ‘13) from the University of Virginia.
Update May 2018
When Newly Empowered Leaders of the Poor Run in Local Elections
Following up on our Making All Voices Count research, a look at how a newly-trained community leader engaged in recent local elections in the Philippines.
Research February 2018
Transparent: Testing Access to Information and Government Responsiveness
MIT GOV/LAB is partnering with civil society to test access to information laws at the local level and better understand what motivates bureaucrat behavior on transparency.
Update January 2018
Cleaning House — Experimental Evidence on Improving Citizen Engagement in the Philippines
High-level findings from our Making All Voices Count research on civic leadership training for the 'poorest of the poor' in the Philippines.
Results January 2018
The effect of civic leadership training on citizen engagement and government responsiveness
Making All Voices Count research report on a civic leadership training experiment and political participation in the Philippines.
Update November 2017
Dispatches from the Field
On a contentious referendum, birth rates, and Indian bureaucracy: Notes from fieldwork in the Philippines.
Research March 2017
Better together? Examining the effect of civic education for local officials & citizens in the Philippines
Does providing the poor with new civic skills and opportunities to interact with powerful local officials improve accountability?
Research November 2015
Representation or Cooptation? Examining the Effects of Community Leadership Training in the Philippines
Does providing the poor with opportunities to learn new civic skills and interact with powerful local officials and politicians improve their ability to hold the government accountable for public service provision?