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Aditi Dey Sarkar, MSW

  • Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow 2018-19

Advisor: Dr. Femida Handy

Research Interests

Rural poverty

Gender and development


Aditi Dey Sarkar is a Fulbright Doctoral Research Fellow at SP2. Through the Fulbright fellowship she is examining the impact of policies made in the Global North on the daily lived realities of SHG women and their negotiations with the Indian State in claiming citizenship, with a special focus on interdisciplinary scholarship and debates taking place in the fields of Gender and Development.

This forms an important link to her research in Sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Her ongoing thesis focuses on rural women in Kerala who are a part of Self Help Groups (SHGs) established by the State, and aims to investigate the complex web of relationships that SHG women share with the State (as citizens) and the market (as consumers and entrepreneurs) in the framework of the neoliberal economy of development.

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