Prerna Rana

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Title/Department: PhD student, Civil Society and Community Studies

Office Address: 4252 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Office Hours: 11-12, Tuesdays

Phone Number: (608) 977-3706




Prerna has a keen interest in studying grassroot institutions and community based organisations especially collectives. She wants to adopt an interdisciplinary approach focusing on management, public policy, sociology, collective action, and social justice to study how collectives can effectively work as agents of change. Her interests are centred on creating socio-economically just societies through participatory efforts in order to create sustainable democratic community institutions.

Education and Relevant Experience

Prerna completed her graduate studies in Rural Management from India. She has worked with rural grassroots communities in India on several socio-development issues like financial inclusion, sustainable livelihoods, gender empowerment, and building sustainable collectives. Her work has helped her gain a nuanced approach towards development while working working with various stakeholder like the government, non governmental organisations, grassroots governance structures as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR) organisations.

Awards and Recognitions