Lakshmy has a background in economics and management. She holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics and her research interests include growth and development, financial inclusion, household decision making, the impact of banking on the economy, trends in consumption, poverty, and inequality, public health, public policy, health supply chains, sustainability, and well-being, etc.
She has over 10 years of experience working in academia and industry in India and the UK. Lakshmy started as an officer in a private sector bank in India which proved to be a springboard for her future career in research and policy. This motivated her to pursue her doctoral degree while simultaneously teaching and engaging with various stakeholders.
Lakshmy held the role of an Applied Economic Researcher (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) for Cranfield University and Pamela Steele Associates Ltd. Before joining Cranfield University, she was leading the research team at Pamela Steele Associates focussing on deepening stakeholder knowledge by combining economic modeling and country-specific knowledge to support countries in the sustainable transformation of health supply chains. Lakshmy has closely worked with Government agencies in India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Kenya. Her work has focussed on defining enabling factors and directing the design of interventions that improve outcomes.
Lakshmy has been engaged in a myriad of projects as a Research Scholar understanding the trajectories of growth and development, especially in a resource-constrained setup. This has included working with women in an urban slum to empower them through self-help groups and enhance financial inclusion, designing an inter-class consumption index to understand the degree of consumption inequality at the rural and urban level, and understanding the trend and shift of consumption pattern at the household level. Through the various teaching and research projects, Lakshmy has been involved in numerous presentations, paper publications, training modules, and conference participation.
Lakshmy was part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (2018-2020) which has been nominated for the KTP Impact Awards 2021. The KTP partnership aimed to develop a novel, evidence-based decision support framework to enable clients involved with/in developing countries to optimize spend/investment decisions to improve public health supply chains To be considered for the award, partners must be able to demonstrate substantial impact from the KTP beyond the expectations as set out in their original KTP proposal.
Articles In Journals
- Subramanian L (2021) Effective Demand Forecasting in Health Supply Chains: Emerging Trend, Enablers, and Blockers, Logistics, 5 (1) 1-21.
- Subramanian L (2020) Enabling health supply chains for improved well-being, Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal, 21 (4) 229-236.
- Steele P, Tolani F & Subramanian L (2020) Aligning health supply chain maturity with technology transfer in low-and-middle-income countries, ACTA Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences, 4 (1) 75-83.
- Subramanian L, Alexiou C, Nellis J, Steele P & Tolani F (2020) Developing a sustainability index for public health supply chains, Sustainable Futures, 2 Article No. 100019.
- Subramanian L (2020) Understanding the underutilisation of healthcare interventions in low- and middle-income countries: demand-side and supply-side factors, International Journal of Behavioural and Healthcare Research, 7 (2) 92-102.
- Steele P, Subramanian L & Tolani F (2019) Interventions to improve access to medicine in developing countries: mapping WHO’s building blocks and supply chain functions, ACTA Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences, 3 (7) 111-120.
- Figueira C & Subramanian L (2023) FinTech, financial inclusion, and different dimensions of inequality: channels and evidence. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) 37th Annual Conference 2023, University of Sussex Business School, Brighton, 5-6 September 2023.
- Subramanian L (2022) Financial inclusion and well-being- is it demand-following or supply-leading. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) 36th Annual Conference 2022, University of Manchester, 31 August - 2 September 2022.
- Subramanian L, Alexiou C, Nellis JG, Steele P & Tolani F (2019) Human capital and economic growth - challenges and prospects for the Nigerian economy. In: 35th Business and Economics Society International, Vienna, 6-9 July 2019.