Sanghmitra S. Acharya
Professor and Director
Her research interest spans from discrimination in health to gender in urban spaces; youth and vulnerable population. She has engaged academically with Institutions in India and abroad. She has a P.G. Diploma in Population and Sustainable Development from University of Botswana. Her doctoral research on social area analysis was awarded the degree by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
His academic interest is to understand development issues from socio-psychological perspectives, with a focus on marginalised groups; and explore research methodology. He has been engaged in interdisciplinary research which includes psychology of unemployment; human cognition and learning; identity-based social exclusion, discrimination and violence; disability; intersectionality and deprivation; impact evaluation and inclusive policies. He has M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology of Education from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was a Post-doctoral Visiting Fellow for three years at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
Ajaya Kumar Naik
He works in the area of informal sector, employment, poverty and caste-based discrimination. He has more than ten years of research experience. He has worked in Indian Institute of Public Administration, and Institute of Applied Manpower Research. He is one of the authors of the book ‘Caste, Discrimination and Exclusion in Modern India’ and has published several research papers in journals. He was associated with National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector and the task force on ‘Definitional and Statistical Issues related to Informal Economy'. He has M. Phil in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is pursuing his Ph.D.
Vinod Kumar Mishra
His research interests include social protection; discrimination; poverty; urban issues; health in slums. He has researched on the issues of social protection, discrimination in urban rental market, social inclusion in local governance, housing and basic amenities, think tank-university relationship, food security and social and reproductive health among adolescents. He is one of the authors of the book ‘Caste, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Modern India’ and published papers in various journals. He has M.Phil and Ph.D. in Population Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Her research areas include urban deprivation, social exclusion, caste and gender intersectionality and vulnerability. She has published many research papers in national and international journals, and attended several conferences in India as well as in abroad. She has M.Phil and Ph.D. in Population Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has qualified NET/UGC.
Her areas of interests are in the field of marginal communities living in slums, contemporary urban policies. She is working on the status of development of Dalits in selected states of India, and interface of gender/ethnicity and caste. She has M.Phil and Ph.D in Population Studies and M.A in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Dalip Kumar Katheria
His area of interest is Indian Dalit Literature. He has completed a research on the life history of Shankar Bhivson Chavhan, the prominent activist of De-notified tribes in Maharashtra. He has published many articles, short stories and poems in magazines, journals and edited books on Dalit issues. He has M. Phil in Hindi Literature from Kurukshetra University. He is associated with the Hindi Unit of IIDS. He is Associate Editor of ‘Dalit Asmita', a quarterly Journal of IIDS in Hindi.
His research interest includes inequality, health and demographic techniques, vulnerability, gender, human development and multi-level modelling. He has worked in Institute of Economic Growth and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. He was also part of Rapid Appraisal and Evaluation Studies of NRHM. He was recipient of fellowships from ICSSR, NIH, TIFAC and IIASA and APA. He has completed his Ph.D. in Development Studies from ISEC, Bangalore.