Padmini joined the Centre for Children and Families in May 2019. She is a mixed-methods researcher with knowledge and expertise in gender, race and class-based inequalities in education, sex and relationships education, pupils’ mental health and wellbeing at school, cognitive skills development, and child contact post-separation. While at NatCen, Padmini has led and managed a range of research projects, including large-scale impact and process evaluations, rapid qualitative consultations, web and web-CATI surveys, secondary data analysis and rapid evidence reviews.
Prior to joining NatCen, Padmini worked on the DFID-funded Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) project at the University of Cambridge, where she led a large-scale survey of primary school effectiveness and collaborated on political economy analysis of national education reforms in Ethiopia. She has also worked on the Young Lives project at the University of Oxford, where she led a large-scale survey of secondary school effectiveness in Vietnam. Her ESRC-funded doctoral research, based at the University of Sussex, examined how young people learn about gender and sexuality in secondary schools in New Delhi, India.
A full list of Padmini’s publications can be found here.