Hi, I'm Sangita Vyas.

I'm a development economist and demographer, and an Assistant Professor in Economics at CUNY Hunter College.


My research focuses on the interrelationships among health, the environment, and social inequality in India. I'm particularly interested in the causes and consequences of poor air quality and poor sanitation. I'm trained in economic demography, applied microeconomics, and econometrics.

TEDx Talk

In 2015, I spoke at TEDx WalledCity in New Delhi on why so many rural Indians defecate in the open. The video has over 2.5 million views.

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Cooking with gas, not wood | The Hindu

Cooking with gas, not wood | The Hindu

Using cleaner fuels such as LPG is essential to reduce rural air pollution and improve health. What can policymakers do to achieve exclusive use of clean fuels in rural India?