Himani Mehta

Himani Mehta

Mixed-Methods Researcher and Lecturer (Research Fellow)

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


I am passionate about conducting research on human interaction with technology to scale the positive impact of technology on users. I use insights from behavioral science to help achieve development outcomes in public health, agriculture, and women empowerment through information and communication technologies.

My current research involves designing large scale surveys and conducting panel data analysis using statistical methods to measure the impact of mobile Internet uptake and usage on the socioeconomic wellbeing of individuals 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 worked as a management consultant across various countries in Asia with multi disciplinary and diverse teams.

Outside of work, I’m usually taking care of my numerous houseplants, testing new recipes in my kitchen or exploring places in and around where I live.


  • 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

Reduce Recycling Contamination in Durham, North Carolina



Research Fellow

Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (UPenn)

Aug 2020 – Present Philadelphia

Behavioral Scientist

Precision x 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.

Management Consultant


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

Valuations Analyst

Deutsche Bank

May 2017 – Aug 2017 Mumbai



Survey Methodology


In-depth Interviews


A/B Testing


Data Analysis


R, Python, STATA, SQL


Machine Learning


Focus Groups


Direct Observation


Journey Mapping