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Tuesday, May 05, 2020


Researchers in land and property rights

Location: New Delhi

The National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) is looking to hire researchers in the field of land and property rights, on a full-time basis.

The Land Policy group at NIPFP, aspires to understand regulatory and governance issues in the field and contribute to the policy process. While our aspirations extend to a broad array of issues, at present, our work focuses on land administration, land market efficiencies regulatory reform, property rights and contract enforcement.

Some examples of our work in this field include:

  1. Ajay Shah, Anirudh Burman, Devendra Damle, Itishree Rana, and Suyash Rai, The Digital India Land Record Modernisation Program
  2. Anirudh Burman and Devendra Damle, How well is India's land record digitisation programme doing: Findings from Rajasthan
  3. Jai Vipra, Analysing The Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2017
  4. Jai Vipra, Working Titles: Property Rights for Slum Policy in India
  5. Shubho Roy, Runs on real estate companies?
  6. Ajay Shah, Should policy makers favour home ownership?
  7. Ajay Shah, The resource curse of land ownership
  8. Ajay Shah, Uncomfortable times in real estate in store?
  9. Ila Patnaik, Problems of land acquisition by the State

Essential requirements

We are looking for candidates with a background in law. The candidates should demonstrate the ability for analytical thinking, strong qualitative and quantitative skills, and excellent writing skills. Two years of work experience is desirable.

The office functions on free and open source softwares like Linux, LaTeX, R and Python. While previous experience in these softwares is not essential, the person will be required to learn and use them for their work.

Job description

The researchers will work together to build expertise in the domain of land and property rights. The team will have to perform the following tasks:

  • Support research in law, economics and public policy,
  • Work with government institutions, including government departments, regulators, etc.
  • Carry out field surveys,
  • Build, manage and analyse large datasets related to land and property rights,
  • Write articles, blogs and research papers,
  • Organise workshops, conferences and roundtables to disseminate research.


The candidate will be offered a competitive salary depending on his/her qualifications and experience.

How to apply

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in this position, please email your resume and covering letter to:

The subject line of your email should be "Land recruitment".


NIPFP is a centre for research in public economics and policy. Founded in 1976, the institute undertakes research, policy advocacy and capacity building in areas related to public economics. For more information, please see here.

Update: This position has been filled. We are not accepting applications for this position any longer.

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