Aarushi is a Research Associate with the Social Protection Initiative at Dvara Research. Her focus area is last-mile delivery of social protection and is currently studying exclusion and grievance redressal in welfare schemes through various field projects. She is currently leading the team’s work on measuring exclusion and has been conducting citizen surveys and case studies in states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, and Chhattisgarh, involving multiple stakeholders from regional governments. A significant portion of her research is focused on cash transfer schemes like Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, National Social Assistance Programme, and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee programme, among others. Previously, she has worked as an Associate Consultant at Ernst & Young in their Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services team. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from National Law School of India University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s (Honours) degree in Economics from Christ University, Bangalore.