Yogendra Yadav is Co-Director of Lokniti and Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). He is the Founder Convenor of the Lokniti network and in 1997 became the founder Director of Lokniti. Professor Yadav has designed and Co-ordinated the National Election Studies from 1996 to 2004 - the largest ever series of academic surveys of the Indian electorate. Prior to joining the CSDS in 1993, Professor Yadav was Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Panjab University, Chandigarh. Since 1996, Yadav has been a psephologist and political commentator on a number of television channels analysing elections. His areas of interests include Democracy, democratic theory, election studies, survey research, political theory, modern Indian political thought and Indian socialism.