Udaya S Mishra is a Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala. He is engaged in research and teaching on population and development issues and has a number of 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, nutrition as well as population policy and programme evaluation. He holds a PhD from International Institute of Population Studies. He also served as Temporary technical advisor for the World Health Organization for a while.