Udaya S Mishra is currently a Professor at IIPS, Mumbai and a former Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala. He is engaged in research and teaching on population and development issues and has several national and international publications to his credit. In recent times, he has served in various capacities in guiding scientific research in social sciences. During the two-and-a-half decades of his teaching and research experience, he has contributed research to the areas of ageing, health, and nutrition as well as population policy and programme evaluation. He holds a PhD from the International Institute of Population Studies. He also served as a Temporary technical advisor for the World Health Organization for a while.