Charis Idicheria (View C.V | View Bio)
Lead Researcher

Charis is interested in studying and designing scenarios for equitable work. Having worked and studied across 4 continents, she is motivated to identify solutions that create sustainable and resilient business solutions, particularly for workers and entrepreneurs in India's informal economy and MSME sector. Charis has worked on consulting and research projects on urban livelihoods; poverty; e-governance; and participatory urban planning. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance.
Easing Employment and Business Transitions

In this IGC funded research project, we seek to understand the impact of state-sponsored housing resettlement on employment and entrepreneurship among families in Semmancheri and Perumbakkam, Chennai. It builds on an earlier study conducted by Okapi and CTaP on infrastructure and service provision in Semmancheri, recognising that as relocation continues to be the state’s preferred… Read more »

In partnership with Mercy Corps, Okapi carried out a comprehensive study on how to build business resilience for MSMEs, in the context of the December 2015 floods in Chennai. We find institutional voids and fragmentation; rapid development in hydrologically vulnerable locations; and mixed oversight in industrial planning and infrastructure development as some of the underlying… Read more »