Dr Sadhana Srivastava

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Lecturer in Economics

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5043

Email: sadhana.srivastava@aut.ac.nz


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Master of Philosophy in Economics, New Delhi, India
  • Master of Arts in Economics, New Delhi, India
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics, New Delhi, India

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Sadhana Srivastava received her PhD degree from National University of Singapore in 2008. Prior to her PhD, she also worked for Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in Delhi, India. Sadhana’s current research has focused on analysing the importance of foreign direct investment in global value chains in developing Asia as well as global outsourcing of services.  Her work in the context of comparing India and China’s FDI valuation system attracted significant international press and media attention and was cited by The Economist magazine in 2003. In 2011, Sadhana joined as a member of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) an open regional network composed of leading trade research institutions across the UNESCAP region, and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. She has contributed to the ARTNeT Working paper series in 2012. Sadhana was successful in securing an individual external research grant of USD 5000 in 2016 from the International Labour Organization (ILO) for contributing to a background paper on Labour Provisions and Implications for Trade Agreements in the context of the members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement. This paper was among the first to analyze the implications of including labour provisions in regional trade agreements involving developing economies in Asia, especially India and China.

Teaching Areas:

  • Growth & Development in the Asia-Pacific Region (Undergraduate)
  • Statistics for Business (Professional Masters programme)
  • Economics for Business ((Professional Masters programme)
  • Master of Business –Dissertation/Thesis supervisor

Research Areas:

  • Trade and FDI with particular reference to Asia-Pacific
  • The role of production networks and Global Value chains
  • Asian Economic Integration
  • Global Outsourcing of Services

Research Summary:

Sadhana’s research is in the field of International economics with a particular focus on trade and development. It has contributed to the understanding of the linkages between the nature of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Trade flows in the Asia-Pacific region. More specifically, it takes a regional perspective to examine the increasing importance of the trade in Global Value Chains (GVCs) and the concomitant efforts towards deeper economic integration through bilateral and regional trade agreements.

Sadhana’s research has an applied focus that involves the analysis of detailed product-level trade data at Industry and cross-country level to understand the emergence of regional production networks and the dynamics of trade specialization in the Asia-Pacific region. This research is also of significance to New Zealand, as trade agreements are an integral part of its Trade Policy Agenda over the next decade, and there is a dearth of evidence for integrating its economy with the GVCs.

Current Research Projects:

  • Pundarik Mukhopadhaya, Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava. Australia’s trade and investment linkages with China and India: A comparative analysis and implications for the deeper economic integration.
  • Badri Narayanan G., Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava. The RCEP Agreement and India's auto-parts industry: An Applied General Equilibrium Analysis.
  • Rahul Sen, Sanchita Basu Das and Sadhana Srivastava. Labour Provisions in Trade Agreements with Developing Economies: The Case of CPTPP and ASEAN Member Countries.
  • Sadhana Srivastava. The relationship between FDI and Services Exports.


  • Das, S.B., Sen, R. & Srivastava, S. (2017). Labour Provisions in Trade Agreements with Developing Economies: The Case of TPPA and ASEAN Member Countries, ISEAS Economics Working Paper, No. 2017-1, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute Singapore, 30p. https://www.iseas.edu.sg/images/pdf/ISEAS_EWP_2017-01.pdf
  • Das, S.B., Sen, R. & Srivastava, S. (2017). A Partial ASEAN Customs Union Post- 2015?. Singapore Economic Review, 62(3), 593-617. DOI:10.1142/S0217590818400027
  • Siddique, M.A.B, Sen, R. & Srivastava, S. (2016). Australia-Thailand Trade: An analysis of competitiveness and effects of the bilateral FTA. The Journal of Developing Areas 50 (5), 103-118. doi:10.1353/jda.2016.0044
  • Das, S. B., Sen, R. & Srivastava, S. (2016). Can ASEAN+ 1 FTAs Be a Pathway towards Negotiating and Designing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement? Journal of World Trade, 50(2), 253-288. https://www.kluwerlawonline.com/abstract.php?area=Journals&id=TRAD2016013
  • Srivastava, S. and Sen, R. (2015). Production fragmentation in trade of manufactured goods in India: prospects and challenges. Asia-Pacific Development Journal, 22 (1), 33-66. http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/3-Part2-Srivastava.pdf
  • Kumar, S., Sen, R. & Srivastava, S. (2014). Does economic integration stimulate capital mobility? An analysis of four regional economic communities in Africa. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 29, 33-50. DOI:10.1016/j.intfin.2013.11.001


  • NUS Research Scholarship for Doctor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore
  • Achieved first position in M.A. (Economics) with Distinctions