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Usha Kanagaratnam has a DPhil from the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. Her DPhil work was focused on analysing structural factors at the macro, household and individual levels that explain the geographic differences in poverty levels in Indonesia. She has worked with the OPHI team since 2012. She has extensive experience in managing and analysing secondary data from large survey databases using STATA and SPSS.
Her experience includes computing poverty estimates based on international and national poverty line methodologies. Her work at OPHI has involved the computation and analyses of Global MPI, as well as national MPIs.
Her previous field experience includes carrying out participatory poverty assessments in rural villages in Bangladesh, Indonesia and India.
She holds an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford.