Kala Seetharam Sridhar is Professor, Centre for Research in Urban Affairs, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru. She was earlier Ford Public Affairs Fellow, at Public Affairs Centre, before the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, as Assistant and Associate Professor. She has been a visiting scholar at UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland, multiple times. She has been awarded the Fulbright Nehru fellowship for 2020-21, and will be hosted by the University of California Los Angeles. She is among the top 10% of authors globally on the Social Science Research Network.