Ranjan Ray is a Professor in Monash Business School’s Department of Economics.

Ranjan has been engaged in research in the area of development over the three and half decades. Within this broad area, developmental issues in the context of South Asia have been the focus of much of his research.  These include analysis of expenditure patterns in India, design and reform of commodity taxes, the distributional implications of inflation in developing country contexts such as India, child labour in India, Pakistan and Nepal,  malnutrition in India with special reference to child health.

Other research areas include aspects of food consumption with special reference to food security and nutritional intake, poverty and inequality estimation, multi- dimensional deprivation in India and comparison with China, spatial prices in India and comparison with Vietnam and Indonesia, gender bias in schooling and expenditure allocation, intra-household decision making and its effect of expenditure allocation, HIV/AIDS in India and comparison with Africa.

Ranjan has served as Lecturer in Econometrics at Manchester University, UK, Professor of Public Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, India and Professor and Head of Economics at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

He has also held visiting positions at the University of British Columbia, Canada, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy and Cornell University, USA. Ranjan is currently on the editorial board of the Review of Income and Wealth (journal of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth), Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (journal of the Human Development and Capability Association), and Economic Record(journal of the Economic Society of Australia). Ranjan was one of the founder members of the Centre for Development Economics at the Delhi School of Economics.

Ranjan undertook his undergraduate studies in Presidency College at the University of Calcutta, his postgraduate studies at the Delhi School of Economics and completed his PhD from the London School of Economics.