Priya has a background in Development Studies and is primarily interested mgiration and development, irregular migration, precarious occupations, people smuggling, trafficking, modern slavery, labour rights, agency and poverty reduction.

As Research Director, Priya has played a critical role in shaping the research strategy of the DFID funded RPC, Migrating out of Poverty, where the migration industry, income and remittances and gender and generation are core themes.  She is presently overseeing the implementation of surveys and qualitative research in East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa. 

Past work has included research on the impacts of internal migration on poverty in India. 

She has undertaken extensive consultancy work for the World Bank, DFID, USAID, FAO, IFAD, ILO and GiZ.