Poornima M. joined CSD in August 2014. Associated earlier with the Indian Institute of Public Administration as a consultant for the project on Panchayat Devolution Index, she has also been a consultant to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj in the study, the Actual Status of Devolution to the Panchayats.  She is also involved with the Indira Gandhi Open University as a course writer for its post-graduate programme on gender and development studies, and has contributed self-learning modules in the areas of gender and education; gender sensitive policies and programmes; and women in leadership and organisation. Dr Poornima was involved in the Preparation of the Baseline Survey of Minority Concentrated Districts, sponsored by the Ministry of Minority Affairs and Indian Council of Social Science Research, as a research associate at the Institute for Human Development. She has also offered assistance in a collaborative project of the Commonwealth of Learning and NCERT on the Diploma Course in Guidance and Counselling. Her other research interests are in the areas of governance, Panchayat Raj Institutions, elementary education, especially focussing on areas of access, equity and quality, public sector reforms, new public management, public policies and gender studies. She holds her doctorate from the Centre for the Study of Law & Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University.