Astra has over 15 years of experience in international development research and practice focusing on human development, inequality, and environmental sustainability. Before joining HDRO in 2010, Astra worked for UNDP on sustainable energy projects at Headquarters and in Mongolia; and for the UN Statistics Division on the Millennium Development Goals and environment statistics. She has also worked on development in the private sector and academia including in Sudan and Indonesia.
Astra holds a PhD in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University as well as a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.