My work examines the influence of home, school, and community contexts on educational access and achievement of children in resource-constrained environments. Through the analysis of diverse, large-scale, national (India), regional (South Asia and Francophone Africa) and cross-national datasets, I explore the role of policy-relevant variables in ensuring equal educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. As nations struggle to provide these opportunities to more children with fewer resources, the pursuit of educational equity and quality compete with demands for greater efficiency. My recent research has actively engaged with and responded to the inherent tensions among equity, quality and efficiency by examining the growth in alternative forms of education provision (increasing reliance on various forms of private schooling, contract-based teaching) and their implications. My long-term interests as a scholar focus on ensuring that children and adults in resource-constrained environments have equal access to high-quality learning opportunities irrespective of their backgrounds.