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TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies

A Global Challenges Research Fund project


Shruti Bhogal works as a Post Doctorate Research Associate (PDRA) with the Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT) New Delhi, established by Columbia Water Center, Columbia University. She is a part of the Flagship Project 4 ‘Water Use and Management in a Changing Monsoon Climate’, under the ongoing TIGR2ESS project since November 2019. Prior to her engagement with TIGR2ESS, she has worked as a Research Fellow for three years with Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, for projects ‘Study on Agricultural Lending, Credit Absorption End Use Recovery and Return from Farming in the State of Punjab’ and ‘Strengthening of Agricultural Marketing Research’. She has also worked as a Teaching Assistant with Punjab Agricultural University for three years and taught various courses to under-graduate and post-graduate classes. She has also worked as a lecturer for one year with a college of Punjab Technical University and taught under-graduate and post-graduate classes. 

2012: PhD Economics, Punjabi University, Patiala, India.
2007: Masters in Arts (Economics) Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.
2005: Bachelors of Commerce, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.


  • Chosen to be a ‘Moderator’ for Panel Discussion for SDG-2, TIGR2ESS project, University of Cambridge, Department of Planning, Punjab and United Nations Development Programme, India, 28 June 2021.
  • Chosen as a panellist by Economics and Political Weekly for the Webinar/discussion on ‘Agricultural Reforms in India’ on 22, December 2020.  
  • Member of Editorial Board, Indian Society of Agricultural Development and Policy, Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, from 2014 to 2016; 2019 to 2021.
  • Awarded ‘College Colour’ for securing second in Panjab University in Masters course, 2007. 


Core area of her research interest is development economics including socio-economic welfare of marginalised communities such as industrial, migrant and agricultural labour, marginal and small farmer, and sustainable development. Her current research work, under FP4, is focused on endeavours towards sustainable agricultural development in Punjab. A large part of her ongoing research involves the study of water situation and the corresponding agricultural scenario across various districts in Punjab. She works closely with farmers and cooperative societies in the state. This involves enagaging with farmer communities to generate awareness and bring behavioural change towards adoption of sustainable agriculture practices. Her PhD work was focused on studying the socio-economic implications of migration on industrial migrant labour in the industrial city Ludhiana, which is also called the Manchester of India. Her research is mainly focused on developing policy suggestions to addresses economic and ecological sustainability of farming in general and socio-economic welfare of marginalised communities, especially farmers in particular. One of her published papers was part of the Indian Parliamentary Documentation, 2014 (Vol. 40, July16-31).


Key publications: 

Shruti has over 55 research papers and opinion articles published in various national and international journals, books and newspapers. Her most recent key publications are:

  • Bhogal Shruti and Vatta Kamal (2021) Can Crop Diversification be Widely Adopted to Solve the Water Crisis in Punjab? Current Science, 120: 1-5.
  • Bhogal Shruti and Sinha Shreya (2021) India protests: farmers could switch to more climate-resilient crops – but they have been given no incentive. The Conversation, 12 February.
  • Kamal Vatta, Bhogal Shruti, Petrie Cameron A, Greens Adam S and Dixit Sandeep (2021) Impact of COVID-19- Lockdown on Punjab Agriculture in Ed Singh S, Singh L and Vatta K. Covid-19 Pandemic and Economic Development: Emerging Public Policy Lessons for Indian Punjab, Macmillan publishers
  • Bhogal Shruti (2020) Revitalizing Natural Water Sources in Rural Punjab: Village Ponds, blog post, published by TIGR2ESS, Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies, University of Cambridge.
  • Singh Pritam and Bhogal Shruti (2021) A Properly Thought out Resolution Requires The Untangling of Many Aspects of Farm Laws, The Indian Express, 8 January.
  • Singh Sukhpal and Bhogal Shruti (2021) MSP in a Changing Agricultural Policy Environment, Economic and Political Weekly, 56(3):12-15.
  • Singh Sukhpal, Bhogal Shruti (2020) Punjab’s Agricultural Labourers in Transition: A Longitudinal Study of Three Decades, Economic & Political Weekly, 55(26-27): 21-28.


Post Doctorate Research Associate, Centers for International Projects Trust, New Delhi, India.
Not available for consultancy