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Naveen Kumar Director of Research, India

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

I want to use the law as an instrument to alleviate global poverty and hunger and work with the state and national government to make that happen.


Naveen Kumar is Landesa’s Director of Research in India. He has 16 years of experience in the social sciences, including work on poverty, slums, migration, education, child labor, water and sanitation, environment, banking, micro-finance, labor, and development. He has worked on research projects funded by national and international organizations, including the World Bank, WaterAid, University Grants Commission (India), University of Delhi, and Indira Gandhi National Open University. He has also worked with various state governments and central ministries in various capacities.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Research methods
  • Project management
  • Training and capacity building support
  • Livelihood promotion


  • Phil. and Ph.D., Development Economics, Department of Business Economics, University of Delhi
  • Graduate and post graduate degrees in Commerce
  • Diploma in Information and System Management (D.I.S.M.) from APTECH and Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from University of Hyderabad
  • NCCR Fellow, University of Bern, Switzerland


  • English, Hindi


He has edited 13 books, contributed 15 chapters in different books and published several manuscripts in national and international refereed journals.

Publications (Papers in peer reviewed Journals)

  1. Kumar, Naveen and S. C. Aggarwal, ‘Level of Poverty and Employment Patterns in Slums: The Case of Gwalior in Central India’, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 51, No. 2, 2008.
  2. Kumar, Naveen, ‘Employment and Poverty in Delhi Slums’, Sustain-a refereed journal of environmental and sustainability issues, Issue 11, Fall/Winter, pp 34-39, University of Louisville, Kentucky, 2005.
  3. Kumar, Naveen and A. Mitra, ‘Social and Economic Dualism: Caste, Employment and Poverty in Delhi Slums’, Discussion Paper Series No. 81/2004, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, 2004.
  4. Kumar, Naveen and S. C. Aggarwal, ‘Pattern of Consumption and Poverty in Delhi Slums’, Economic and Political Weekly, 38, (50), pp 5294 –5300. 2003.