Research

Education

2008 Ph. D in Sociology and Demography, Minor in Women’s Studies. Pennsylvania State University, PA, U.S.A.
Dissertation: Domestic Violence in India: Identifying types of Control and Coping Mechanisms in Violent Relationships.

2003  Master of Sociology.
Pennsylvania State University, PA, U.S.A
Thesis title: A feminist study of domestic violence in India

2001 Bachelor of Arts
Douglass College, Rutgers University, NJ, U.S.A

1999 Bachelor of Commerce (Honors)
St. Francis’ College for Women, Hyderabad, India

Work Experience

April 2015 – Present
Senior Research Advisor, Centre for Budget and Policy Studies, Bangalore India
I am currently leading an interdisciplinary team of economists and sociologists to examine the impact of women’s action groups on economic empowerment. In addition, I also lead or participate in research projects that examine various gender-related themes such as experience of women in the IT industry, and boys’ underperformance in education in Commonwealth countries. I participate in the data collection, analysis of primary and secondary data, and writing of policy and research papers for all of these projects, in addition to other administrative tasks.

February 2012 – Present
Part-time Researcher, Fields of View, Bangalore, India.
I am part of an interdisciplinary team that focuses on Urban Systems and Public Safety and Security. My work has primarily focused on gender and poverty and I have lead or assisted research done in the areas of urban poverty, women’s safety and participation in public spaces, among other projects.

March 2012 – March 2015
Consulting Faculty, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India
I was working on a research project to understand how multinational enterprises (MNEs) are transforming their primarily philanthropic activities into viable businesses that provide innovative products and services, especially in emerging markets and to those at the “bottom of the pyramid”. I participated in the data collection, analysis of primary and secondary data, and writing of policy and research papers.

April 2010 – January 2012
Research Scientist, Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy, Bangalore, India
I was responsible for collecting, analysing primary and secondary data, and writing policy and research papers on two projects.  The first project examined rural energy needs of poor farmers in Andhra Pradesh (India), and the second project was focused on urban poverty and mobility in urban slums in Bangalore (India).

Jan 2010 – Mar 2010 
Consultant, Green Peace, Bangalore, India
My consultancy was in two areas. I was the primary campaigner and contact person for GreenPeace and was coordinating and facilitating meetings with ‘Genetically Modified (GM) free India coalition’ members, mobilising celebrities, volunteers, and women’s groups to participate in a public consultation relating to GM foods. My second responsibility was to conceptualise and coordinate a nation-wide public survey on genetically modified crops that has been used for advocacy purposes.

Jan 2009 – Dec 2009
Research Associate, It for Change, Bangalore, India
My primary work dealt with issues of local participatory development, e-governance, and gender. I conducted primary and secondary research on case studies documenting local participatory development in India. I also assisted in the development of a policy framework that addresses the intersections of information technologies and gender, particularly in relation to violence against women. Additionally, I undertook all administrative tasks essential for the primary and secondary research in the aforementioned areas.

Oct 2008 – Jan 2009
Consultant, ICFAI University, Hyderabad, India
I worked primarily with the New Initiatives Group and researched government legal policies regarding private education. I was also responsible for the daily administration of the five-member team.

Publications

Jha, J., & Menon, N. (2016). Why It Is Important to Retain an Independent Mahila Samakhya Programme. Economic & Political Weekly, 51(12), 21.

Parthasarathy, B., Aoyama, Y., & Menon, N. (2015). Innovating for the bottom of the pyramid: Case studies in healthcare from India. In Technologies for Development (pp. 55-69). Springer International Publishing.

Menon, N. & Johnson, M. P. (2009). Feminist methodology in practice: Collecting data on domestic violence in India. Chapter in Sally A. Lloyd, April L. Few, and Katherine R. Allen (Ed.), Handbook of Feminist Family Studies, Sage Publications, CA.

Gurumurthy, Anita & Menon, N (2009). Violence against Women via Cyberspace. A Commentary in Economic and Political Weekly, 44(40): 19-21.

Menon, N. & Johnson, M. P. (2007). Patriarchy and paternalism in intimate partner violence: A study of domestic violence in rural India. In Kamal Misra and Janet Lowry (Ed.), Current Research on Women in India, Rawat Publications, New Delhi, India.

Research Reports

Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (2015). Emerging employment opportunities and women’s experience of empowerment and violence. Submitted to the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), Delhi, India.

Fields of View (2013). “Nobody should suffer like us”: Conceptualising living wages in Bangalore slums. Submitted to the University of Amsterdam for their research on Evolution of Cities.

Menon, N. , N.S. Suresh, Badri Rao, Eswaran Subramanium, Robin King, & Anshu Bharadwaj (March, 2011). The Initial Study of Evaluating the Energy Needs of the Poorest of the Poor (PoP) Farmers using Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture in Andhra Pradesh: Final Report. Submitted to the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty, Hyderabad, AP, India.

Menon, N & Vinay Sreenivasa (Feb 2010).  Abhiyan, Setu, and Mahiti Mitra in Bhuj, Gujarat: A Case Study in Local Participatory Development. Submitted internally to IT for Change, Bangalore, India.

Menon, N & Aishwarya Madineni (Feb 2010).  Social Audit of NREGA in Andhra Pradesh: A Case Study in Local Participatory Development. Submitted internally to IT for Change, Bangalore, India.