Shinjini, is currently pursuing her PhD in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge from where she has also completed her MPhil in Development Studies with distinctions. where she was a Commonwealth Scholar (2010-2011). A post graduate in Population Education and Rural Development, she has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. With four years of experience as a program anchor and associate in the development consultancy PROACT – operating in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand – she has led qualitative studies, assessments and assignments in multiple districts on the NABARD-SHG bank linkage project, monitoring and evaluation of rural drinking water supply programs Swajal and ARWSP, contributed to CARE’s UP State Strategy, led processes for building three NGO networks headed by minorities, Dalits and women by providing technical assistance and training to various NGO partners in different states and remote districts.As a member of the Project Advisory Group for the BBC WST Reach and Response, Bonded Labour project she has provided strategic inputs to BBC WST’s efforts in the state. She has also acted as a resource person for the DFID sponsored PACS program in Uttar Pradesh and published various reports for the Sri Dorabji Tata Trust, UNICEF and USAID sponsored projects. Shinjini has also documented and monitored the progress of the Sure Start project for PATH.