Ravtosh Bal has extensive research and academic experience in science, technology, and innovation policy. Her research integrates public policy and sociology to address issues at the intersection of policy, science, and society such as public engagement with science and technology, the societal and ethical implications of new technologies, and research cultures and the construction of scientific careers. Her doctoral research examined the entanglements of power and participation to understand how public engagement addresses equity concerns around nanotechnology. Most recently, Ravtosh worked as a researcher on a project funded by IDRC, Canada that investigated how computer science institutional capacity in Kenya can be strengthened for producing high-quality and locally relevant research. Her peer-reviewed publications appear in journals like Minerva, Science and Public Policy, Scientometrics, and Social Studies of Science. Ravtosh has taught graduate courses in science, technology, and development policy at Duke University, Durham, USA.
Her professional experience also includes a decade working as a public sector financial manager in India. She has served as an independent consultant for various organizations including the World Bank. Ravtosh holds a PhD in public policy from Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA. She has an MPhil and a Master’s in sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India, and a Bachelor’s in sociology (with honours) from Miranda House, University of Delhi, India.