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Ujjwal Krishna Graduate Researcher, Politics

Ujjwal Krishna is a Specialist Doctoral Research Scholar with the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) at the Institute for Human Security and Social Change in Melbourne. He was awarded the DLP PhD Scholarship by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2019. His research involves working with DFAT on Australia’s aid investments in leadership, coalitions, and governance reform across the Indo-Pacific, and studying the political economy of development research and policy.

While at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in New Delhi, Ujjwal worked on various public policy and political economy issues for the Government of India, ADB, the World Bank, and the space industry, spanning development, reform, technology, and labour. He also supported the Government of India's digital development interests, particularly at ICANN 65 in Marrakech as a member of the Indian delegation, formulating national positions and building coalitions on global internet governance issues. Earlier, he interned with UNDP, Brookings, J-PAL South Asia, NITI Aayog (Government of India), Ernst & Young, and a WHO-BMGF trial.

Ujjwal received an MA (Distinction) in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Delhi. He has also worked with the University of Oxford on the monitoring and evaluation of policy engagement, with Safe Passage (Citizens UK) in London on refugee history and policy, and with IDS on migration and urban displacement. Ujjwal has published in peer-reviewed journals, and in the Financial Express, Mint, and HT, and has also led a DU economics journal as Editor-in-Chief.

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