Prakhar Misra

Research Associate (Indian Political Economy)

Prakhar Misra is a Research Associate with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focusses on state capacity and Indian political economy. He is also an Advisory Board Member of Commonwealth Drone Partnership, a UK based thinktank researching uses of drones to build capacity for health, environment and emergency services.

Previously, he was Senior Associate at IDFC Institute and led the Data Governance Network. He wrote policy papers and co-ordinated submissions of the Network to various policies of the central government and various state governments in India. He built partnerships with key stakeholders in the government to generate feedback on policy recommendations. Before DGN, Prakhar undertook a primary survey of 2500 firms in India to inform priorities of infrastructure investments.

Prior to IDFC Institute, he has worked on setting up a microfinance institution for the Roma in Eastern Europe and completed the Teach For India and Swaniti fellowships.

Prakhar was a Chevening Scholar reading for a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Oxford. He was also a Researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government analysing the trends in the evolution of Indian nationalism under Dr. Maya Tudor.

He completed a postgraduate degree in Economics and Finance from the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics where he was a Chanakya Scholar; and holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Ramaiah Institute of Technology.

He is an avid writer with more than three dozen publications in English and Hindi in Hindustan Times, The Times of India, Financial Express, The Hindu, Huffington Post, Scroll, Swarajya, and others. He has also written a few book chapters in edited volumes and has a few journal publications to his name.