Kanika specializes in research and capacity building efforts on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) and other issues relating to women such as fiscal policy measures for adressing violence against women. Her areas of interest also include drinking water and sanitation. She was previously involved in coordinating CBGA's work as the secretariat of the network of civil society budget groups, People's Budget Initiative (PBI).
Formerly, she has worked with The Hunger Project on strengthening women's participation in rural local self-governance. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.