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Archana Sivasubramanian
Visiting Faculty of Law

Archana Sivasubramanian is senior researcher at the Centre for Policy Research and is a core team member of the State Capacity Initiative. She was also involved in designing the curriculum for Daksha Fellowship. 

Ms. Sivasubramanian has worked across technology consulting and public policy in four countries. She was associated with FSI at Stanford University where her work has contributed to a study on higher education policy in developing economies. While interning at the State Services Commission in New Zealand, she has studied structural and administrative issues in the country’s civil services. Her study on diversity and identity in New Zealand’s public services has contributed to the Public Services Reforms. She has worked in the SaaS space in India and the US (Freshworks & Learn With All Inc.) designing products in collaboration with engineering teams and developing policies for international clients. One of her key assignments was to design and implement a digital learning and community analytics platform for PRADHAN, India. 

In 2018-19, she was vice-president of the Cambridge South Asia Forum and served on the editorial board of the Cambridge Journal of International Affairs. Most recently, she has worked on projects for the Commonwealth on digital governments and technology policy. Ms. Sivasubramanian is also a Bharatanatyam dancer. Trained in the Vazhoor style, she practices and teaches the art independently.


  • Master of Philosophy: Public Policy, University of Cambridge
  • Young India Fellow: Ashoka University
  • BE: Electronics and Instrumentation, Anna University, Chennai

Research Interests

  • Administrative reforms and regulatory capacity in the Indian State
  • Moral Economy of the Indian bureaucracy
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