She was the first-ever woman Director of the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, and the founder-member of the first Centre of Gender Economics. She has over a hundred publications, including including 20 books and monographs. Prof. Dewan was a member of the Feminist Economists’ Group for Engendering the 12th and 11th Five Year Plans, and is closely associated with training and capacity-building related specially to gender issues, and has conducted numerous workshops for several state governments including Jammu & Kashmir, Goa, Tamil Nadu, etc. She is also currently President of the Indian Association of Women’s Studies. Her research focus is linked primarily to issues and concerns of the marginalised groups and movements.