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Prof. Sunil Rajpal
Assistant Professor - Economics
Email: sunil.rajpal@flame.edu.in
PhD in Economics from Central University of Gujarat; ICSSR Doctoral Fellow from Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University, Delhi; M.Phil in Economics from Central University of Gujarat; M.A in Applied Economics from Bundelkhand University; B.Com from University of Allahabad.

Prof. Sunil Rajpal is Assistant Professor – Economics at FLAME University. Currently, he is also affiliated with Geographic Insights Lab, Harvard University as Research Fellow. He is also a Research Professor at BK21 (Four R&E) Centre for Precision Public Health, Korea University, Seoul. He received his Doctorate Degree in Economics from Central University of Gujarat and was affiliated as an ICSSR Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. He has completed MPhil in Economics from Central University of Gujarat, MA in Applied Economics from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi and his graduation in Commerce from University of Allahabad. Prof. Sunil has over two years of experience and was associated with IIHMR, Jaipur, Tata Trusts, A. A Patel Commerce College and Central University of Gujarat. Prof. Sunil’s research interest includes Health Economics, Maternal and Child Nutrition Policy, Development Economics and Demography. His research work has appeared in reputed journals including The Lancet Global Health, Scientific Reports (Nature), Social Indicators Research, Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Maternal and Child Nutrition, PLOS One, Asian Population Studies and Economic and Political Weekly, He is currently involved in research on precision public health policy designing and social determinants of maternal and child nutrition. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, and playing table tennis.





  • Rajpal S, Kumar A, Rana MJ, Kim R and Subramanian SV (2022) Small area variation in severe, moderate, and mild anemia among women and children: A multilevel analysis of 707 districts in India. Front. Public Health 10:945970.
    doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.945970

  • Gausman, J., Kim, R., Li, Z., Tu, L., Rajpal, S., Joe, W., & Subramanian, S. V. (2022). Comparison of child undernutrition anthropometric indicators across 56 low-and middle-income countries. JAMA network open, 5(3), e221223-e221223.

  • Kumar, A., Rajpal, S., Alambusha, R., Sharma, S., & Joe, W. (2022). Can Anganwadi services strengthening improve the association between maternal and child dietary diversity? Evidence from Project Spotlight implemented in tribal dominated Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts of Maharashtra, India. PloS one17(3), e0264567.

  • Rajpal S, Kumar A, Rana MJ, Kim R and Subramanian SV (2022) Small area variation in severe, moderate, and mild anemia among women and children: A multilevel analysis of 707 districts in India. Front. Public Health 10:945970. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.945970


  • Rajpal, S., Kumar, A., Alambusha, R., Sharma, S., & Joe, W. (2021). Maternal dietary diversity during lactation and associated factors in Palghar district, Maharashtra, India. PloS one16(12), e0261700.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0261700

  • Johri, M., Rajpal, S., & Subramanian, S. V. (2021). Progress in reaching unvaccinated (zero-dose) children in India, 1992–2016: a multilevel, geospatial analysis of repeated cross-sectional surveys. The Lancet Global Health9(12), e1697-e1706.https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00349-1

  • Joe, W., Kumar, A., Rajpal, S., Misra, A., Alambusha, R., Sharma, S., & Subramanian, S. V. (2021). Infrastructure for Delivery of Integrated Child Development Services and Uptake of Pre-school Education Services: Insights from Palghar, India. Journal of Development Policy and Practice6(1), 36-56. doi:10.1177/2455133321999852

  • Rajpal, S., Lu, S. Y., & Joe, W. (2021). Why market orientation matters for agriculture and fishery workers? Unravelling the association between households’ occupational background and caloric deprivation in India. BMC public health21(1), 1-13.https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-021-10644-9

  • Rajpal, S., Kim, J., Joe, W., Kim, R., & Subramanian, S. V. (2021). Small area variation in child undernutrition across 640 districts and 543 parliamentary constituencies in India. Scientific reports11(1), 1-9.https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-83992-6


  • Rajpal, S., Kim, R., Liou, L., Joe, W., & Subramanian, S. V. (2020). Does the Choice of Metric Matter for Identifying Areas for Policy Priority? An Empirical Assessment Using Child Undernutrition in India. Social Indicators Research152(3), 823-841.https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-020-02467-9

  • Rajpal, S., Joe, W., & Subramanian, S. V. (2020). Living on the edge? Sensitivity of child undernutrition prevalence to bodyweight shocks in the context of the 2020 national lockdown strategy in India. Journal of Global Health Science2(2).https://doi.org/10.35500/jghs.2020.2.e19

  • Rajpal, S., Kim, R., Joe, W., & Subramanian, S. V. (2020). Stunting among Preschool Children in India: Temporal Analysis of Age-Specific Wealth Inequalities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health17(13), 4702.https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134702

  • Joe, W., Kumar, A., Rajpal, S., Mishra, U. S., & Subramanian, S. V. (2020). Equal risk, unequal burden? Gender differentials in COVID-19 mortality in India. Journal of Global Health Science2(1).https://doi.org/10.35500/jghs.2020.2.e17 

  • Rajpal, S., Joe, W., Subramanyam, M. A., Sankar, R., Sharma, S., Kumar, A., ... & Subramanian, S. V. (2020). Utilization of integrated child development services in India: programmatic insights from national family health survey, 2016. International journal of environmental research and public health17(9), 3197. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093197

  • Rajpal, S., Joe, W., Kim, R., Kumar, A., & Subramanian, S. V. (2020). Child undernutrition and convergence of multisectoral interventions in India: an econometric analysis of National Family Health Survey 2015–16. Frontiers in public health8, 129.https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00129/full

  • Rajpal Sunil, Kim R, Sankar R, Kumar A, Joe W, Subramanian S V. (2020). Frequently asked questions on child anthropometric failures in India. Economic & Political Weekly. 55, 8: 59-64. https://www.epw.in/journal/2020/6/national-family-health-survey-4/frequently-asked-questions-child-anthropometric.html


  • Joe, W., Rajpal, S., Kim, R., Laxmaiah, A., Harikumar, R., Arlappa, N., ... & Subramanian, S. V. (2019). Association between anthropometric‐based and food‐based nutritional failure among children in India, 2015. Maternal & child nutrition15(4), e12830.. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12830

  • Kim, R., Rajpal, S., Joe, W., Corsi, D. J., Sankar, R., Kumar, A., & Subramanian, S. V. (2019). Assessing associational strength of 23 correlates of child anthropometric failure: an econometric analysis of the 2015-2016 national family health survey, India. Social Science & Medicine238, 112374.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112374



  • Rajpal Sunil and Indira Dutta. (2015). Demographic Transition in Gujarat: An Overview’. IER Journal of Health and Demography. 1. 1: 10-20. ISSN: 2454-9207.


  • Unravelling Socioeconomic Inequalities in Survival among Elderly Persons in India, 2004 and 2014, 4th Annual Conference of Asian Population Association, Shanghai, China.

  • Demographic Dividend for Gujarat: A Reassessment, National Seminar on Population and Development: Challenges for 21st Century-2016, at VANAMATI, Nagpur organized by International Institute of Population Studies, Mumbai.

  • Window of Opportunity for Gujarat: Beyond Demographic Assessment, Census Data Dissemination Workshop – 2014, Gujarat University, Ahmadabad, organized by Census and UNDP.