Vivek Srinivasan, Stanford University

I am a social scientist based at Stanford University.  My academic and activist work have mainly centered on improving the delivery of basic public services such as health, education and nutrition services.  Prior to joining Stanford, I did my Ph.D. at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  Before that, I coordinated the Support Group of India’s Right to Food Campaign.  [Get to know me better…]



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Why does Tamil Nadu provide public services much more effectively than most other states of India?



How can we harness the power of technology to make governments more transparent, accountable and democratic

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How I became interested in TN’s public services

My training in mainstream economics and my social background had convinced me that government programmes to address hunger were a waste of public resources. I adhered to the idea that they should be eliminated in favour of promoting economic growth. That changed in 2002 when I travelled to the Chambal Valley of Madhya Pradesh, which was suffering its third consecutive year of drought. Here is a short note on that transformation.

Hyderi Mansion in 1947

Hyderi Mansion: Gandhi’s greatest moment in shambles

A note and some pictures from a bittersweet visit to the place where Gandhi sat on a fast for peace at the dawn of India’s independence. Hyderi Mansion (Calcutta) lies in shambles today, much like his memory.


Combatting corruption with mobile phones

A project for proactive transparency using mobile phones


Two tips for expressing love to your wife

On using academic training to express love…and if you are wondering what a squirrel is doing here, read on!


Thinking of NREGA from the beautiful Adirondacks

The spectacular work of CCC in restoring the Adirondacks after fire gives me some dreams for NREGA in India.


NREGA for the disabled

NREGA presents an unprecedented opportunity for disabled persons across India to earn a living and to showcase their talents. But as things stand, NREGA is not designed for disabled people to participate in it, but we can change it all with some tweaking.


Goodbye Neelabh

A few memories of Neelabh Mishra, a friend from the Right to Food Campaign days, who left us two days ago. He was the editor-in-chief of The National Herald and a friend to fellow activists who worked on hunger, the right to information and other political challenges of the last few decades.


Org mode for academic writing: Bibliographies with org-ref

A basic tutorial on citations and bibliographies in Emacs Org mode using org-ref.


Combater a corrupção com telefones

This is the text of a presentation on the Combatting Corruption with Mobile Phones Project in Portuguese. The talk was delivered online for a conference at UFPA, Brazilian Amazon on 4 Nov 2014. Boa tarde. Meu nome é Vivek, sou um cientista social na Stanford University. Hoje, vou tentar algo muito audacioso: fazer uma apresentação […]


Will Google Voice typing slay the Dragon

The much improved Google voice typing may just slay the Dragon speech-to-text products.


AAP’s political financing controversy: My take

With days to go for the Delhi state election of 2015, a group called the Aap Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM) held a press conference to expose 4 checks of Rs. 50 lakh each (a very substantial sum) that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had got from companies that earned very little income themselves.  AVAM argued […]

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