Hardika Dayalani

Hardika Dayalani
Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.A. in public administration, University of Pennsylvania; B.Tech. (Hons) in ocean engineering and naval architecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur


Hardika Dayalani (she/her) is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Before joining RAND, she worked with a nonprofit in India implementing post-displacement housing programs and researching sustainable building technologies in rural India. Her other work includes analyzing US census data to identify neighborhood change trends in Philadelphia, PA.

Dayalani has an M.P.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Tech. in ocean engineering and naval architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Her research interests include circular economy, supply chains, the climate impact of cement and concrete, and emerging economies. 

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award, RAND Corporation
  • Doctoral Student Participatory Workshop on Climate and Energy Decision Making, Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making, Carnegie Mellon University


Hindi; Gujarati; Marwari; Bengali