Revathi Ellanki is a Development Economist. She attained her M Phil and PhD degrees from Kakatiya University, Warangal. She was an ICSSR doctoral fellow in ‘Women’s Studies’ during 1988-91 and worked on ‘Women, work and technology in agriculture’ for her PhD. She worked as a College lecturer for a brief period in Hyderabad and later joined as faculty in the department of Economics, Kakatiya University in 1992 and continued till 2004. She was a Visiting Fellow at CESS during 2004-09 and joined at the Centre as full time Professor in 2012. She was also Senior Fellow, ICSSR during 2010-12, for which she worked on ‘Land access to women and women empowerment’
She was a member in the curriculum development group for Economics constituted by the Telangana State Public Service Commission in 2015. She was an active member of Telangana Intellectual Forum which contributed to the cause of Telangana State. She Coordinated Working Group constituted by Telangana Development Forum for submission of report on Deprivation to Telangana: Case for Separate Statehood to Justice Sri Krishna Committee in April 2010. She contributed to Group of Ministers appointed by Govt. of India on Bifurcation of the State of AP on Special needs of the Backward Districts of Telangana (2013).