Gunja Baranwal

Gunja Baranwal is from India and currently studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. She was at UNU-WIDER for three months carrying out research on foreign Direct Investment and human capital formation in India.

Did the internship develop further your research proposal?
The internship was very productive. It helped me a lot in developing the methodology and the underpinning of issues involved.  

Did you have opportunities for networking with other researchers?
The events and seminars broadened my understanding of different issues related to development, specifically the papers presented in ‘Human capital and growth’ conference. The internal weekly seminars also stimulated productive discussions. It was very fruitful to have conversations with researchers at UNU-WIDER.

Did the internship programme meet your expectations?
I opted for UNU-WIDER because I wanted to improve my methodology and the best part of the internship was working with my mentor Miguel Niño-Zarazúa. It really served the purpose of my stay. The internship will surely help to build my career further in right direction.

I would recommend the programme to all of my friends who are PhD students and working in development economics.