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Empowering Change: Public Policy Careers for Gender Studies Students in India

Dr Arjun Kumar

In a rapidly evolving world, the intersection of gender studies and public policy presents a unique and promising avenue for students in India. As societal norms and expectations transform, there is an increasing demand for individuals who can analyze, advocate, and shape policies that address gender disparities. This article explores the diverse career opportunities available to gender studies graduates within the realm of public policy in India.

Understanding the Intersection

Gender studies and public policy intersect at the crossroads of societal structures, power dynamics, and inclusivity. Public policy, at its core, is the systematic approach to addressing societal issues through government initiatives and regulations. Gender studies, on the other hand, delves into the complexities of gender roles, identities, and inequalities. Combining these fields allows individuals to contribute meaningfully to creating policies that promote gender equity.

Policy Research and Analysis

One of the primary avenues for gender studies graduates is policy research and analysis. Working with research organizations, think tanks, or government agencies, professionals in this field analyze existing policies, identify gaps, and propose evidence-based solutions. This role allows graduates to contribute to shaping policies that address gender-based discrimination, violence, and economic disparities.

Advocacy and NGO Sector

For those passionate about direct engagement and social change, the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector offers promising career paths. NGOs focused on gender issues are instrumental in implementing grassroots initiatives, influencing policies, and advocating for the rights of marginalized groups. Graduates can find roles in project management, community outreach, and policy advocacy within these organizations.

Government and Legislative Roles

Public policy graduates can make a significant impact by working within government bodies and legislative frameworks. Joining governmental agencies responsible for women and child development, social justice, or human rights allows professionals to be directly involved in formulating and implementing policies that foster gender inclusivity.

International Organizations and Diplomacy

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, opportunities within international organizations and diplomatic missions are expanding. Gender studies graduates can engage in diplomacy, representing India in discussions related to gender equality on the global stage. Organizations like the United Nations and its specialized agencies actively seek individuals with expertise in gender studies to contribute to international policy initiatives.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate entities in India are increasingly recognizing the importance of contributing to societal welfare through CSR initiatives. Gender studies graduates can leverage their skills to work in the CSR sector, ensuring that corporate initiatives align with gender-inclusive policies. This could involve implementing workplace diversity programs, addressing gender-based violence, and promoting equal opportunities within the corporate sphere.

Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

Entrepreneurial ventures focused on social innovation provide an avenue for graduates to bring about change independently. Initiatives such as startups, social enterprises, or community-driven projects allow individuals to develop and implement policies that address specific gender-related challenges in innovative ways. This path empowers graduates to be changemakers in their own right.

Academic and Training Roles

For those inclined towards academia, pursuing a career in teaching and training is a fulfilling option. Gender studies graduates can contribute to the next generation by educating students about the complexities of gender dynamics and the significance of inclusive policies. Additionally, providing training sessions for government officials, NGOs, or corporate entities fosters a broader understanding of gender issues.

Building a Career Path after Gender Studies

While the opportunities are diverse, building a successful career in public policy for gender studies graduates requires strategic steps. Networking with professionals in the field, gaining practical experience through internships, and continuously updating skills are essential. Pursuing advanced degrees in public policy or related fields can also enhance expertise and credibility in the field.


In conclusion, the intersection of gender studies and public policy in India offers a multitude of exciting career opportunities. Graduates equipped with a deep understanding of gender dynamics can play a pivotal role in reshaping policies, challenging societal norms, and contributing to a more equitable future. As India evolves, so does the need for passionate individuals who can champion inclusivity through effective policy formulation and implementation.

Dr Arjun Kumar is the Director of the IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi.

Disclaimer: All views expressed in the article belong solely to the author and not necessarily to the organisation.

This article was posted by Tanu Paliwal , a research intern at IMPRI.

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    Arjun Kumar is the Director of the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. With training in development economics, he specialises in quantitative and qualitative research methods, econometrics and the use of statistical software to crunch big data. He has been a Visiting Faculty at the Institute for Human Development (IHD) amongst others and has been associated with several think tanks, research institutes, governments, civil society organisations, and private enterprises. He is President of a Jharkhand based NGO (registered in 2010), Manavdhara- a youth social organisation working for humanitarian causes in backward regions and for marginalised communities. He has also taught Economics at the University of Delhi. His research interests are in the economy, development studies, housing and basic amenities, urban and regional research, inclusive and sustainable development, data and evidence-based policy, and, research methods. He has several research publications to his credit and has experience of being involved in research projects of international and national repute. He is also a member and part of various government and non-government formed committees, groups, and advisory boards overseeing the deliberation as subject matter expert and for possessing strong research acumen. He is an avid writer and frequently writes on various dimensions of economic issues, policies, and their impact for several eminent media platforms.


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