Hardika Dayalani

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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 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 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 informal labor force, cyclical internal migration, and the role of climate change, smart technologies, and exogenous shocks in shaping urban environments of the future.


Hindi; Gujarati; Marwari; Bengali