Himani Mehta

Himani Mehta

Research Fellow and Quantitative Researcher

University of Pennsylvania's Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition


I am passionate about understanding user behavior and conducting research on human interaction with technology using both quantitative and qualitative methods. I use insights from behavioral science to help achieve development outcomes in public health, agriculture, and women empowerment through information and communication technologies.

As a Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology, Competition and Innovation, my current research involves designing large scale surveys and conducting panel data analysis using statistical methods to measure the impact of mobile Internet uptake on the wellbeing of women in Bangladesh and Ghana.

In the past, I have used quantitative and qualitative research methods to design interventions tested through randomised experiments, conducted behavioral lab experiments, studied social norms and developed surveys for longitudinal data collection in Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. I also have experience of working as a management consultant across various countries in Asia with multi disciplinary and diverse teams.


  • Behavioral Science
  • Mixed Methods UX Research
  • Data Science
  • Technology
  • Development Economics
  • Public Health
  • Women Empowerment


  • Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences, 2020

    University of Pennsylvania

  • BTech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Sciences, 2018

    Indian Institue of Technology, Bombay


Impact of mobile Internet on wellbeing in Bangladesh and Ghana

A/B Test Messages to Encourage Crop Diversification Among Farmers

Improve Medication Adherence Among Tuberculosis Patients in India

Reduce Recycling Contamination in Durham, North Carolina



UX Researcher

Precision Agriculture for Development

May 2020 – Aug 2020 Boston
Designed the behaviorally informed messaging content, cross sectional polling surveys, sampling strategy as well as conducted quantitative analysis for a large scale randomised control trial in West Bengal, India to encourage smallholder farmers to diversify crops.

Research Fellow

University of Pennsylvania

Aug 2019 – Present Philadelphia

Worked at:

  • Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition | Guide: Christopher Yoo, J.D.
  • Center for Social Norms & Behavioral Dynamics | Guide: Cristina Bicchieri, PhD
  • Wharton Behavioral Science Lab | Guide: Sigal Barsade, PhD

Management Consultant


Jul 2018 – Jun 2019 Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai
Worked on operational and digital transformation projects for the largest Malaysian and Singaporean telecommunications providers in multicultural teams.