Deepak Singhania has recently joined EPoD India at IFMR. His current portfolio involves several research projects in Nepal and India. His larger agenda is to help bridge the gap between policy and research by promoting rigorous evidence based policymaking and implementation. He is currently involved in conducting exploratory research in Nepal to understand its markets pertaining to labour, skills and social security, particularly in light of recently held local elections, a major move towards decentralized governance. In the future he plans to continue working to understand how better governance through informed policymaking can ensure economic development. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). His research interests are in Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics. His Ph.D. thesis explored the relationship between decentralization of governance and welfare, as well as the role of occupational choices as pathways out of poverty.