Amita Shah Former Director, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad
is Professor of Economics and former Director of Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad. Her major areas of research are dryland agriculture and forestry, environmental impact assessment, gender and environment, agriculture-industry interface, employment and livelihood issues and chronic poverty. She has published several books and over 75 research papers in reputed journals. She has worked closely with a number of government, non-government and international organizations. She has also been a consultant to various donor agencies within and outside India.