Professor Uma Vennam

Lead Qualitative Researcher (SPMVV)

Brief biography

Professor Uma Vennam is Rector and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of SPMVV, the Women’s University in Tirupati. She is a Professor of Social Work at SPMVV and leads the Young Lives qualitative research in India. Previously she has been involved in various projects dealing with rural livelihoods and poverty alleviation, HIV/AIDS, child labour and children’s work, and trafficking of women and children, working with various international agencies including DFID, UNICEF. and the World Bank. Uma has an MA in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Bombay and a PhD from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Latest publications

Gendered Trajectories through School, Work and Marriage in India

Factors Shaping Trajectories to Child and Early Marriage

Social Support and Social Networks for Children Growing Up in Poverty in Rural Andhra Pradesh

Changing Schools in Andhra Pradesh: Findings from the Young Lives School Survey

The Impact of Parental Aspirations on Private School Enrolment

Chronic Poverty Amid Growth: Insights from Long-Term Poverty Trajectories



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