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Research interests

With an M.Sc. in Gender and Development Studies and MA in Social Work, I have over eight years of work experience in development sector in the field of gender, sexuality, education, adult literacy, sexual and reproductive health (particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS) in India and community managed disaster risk reduction (CMDRR) in both India and, Bangladesh. I was involved in project design, coordination, implementation; research including policy research, monitoring, evaluation and, documentation including process documentation related to above mentioned fields. I had the opportunity to work with several grassroots level NGOs/CBOs working strenuously for the rights of women, men and transgender (including but not limited to hijra and kothi) identified persons; donor partners such as UNDP, DFID, UNAIDS, MISEROR, European Commission and Cordaid and government agencies such as National AIDS Control Organisation- NACO.  Rooted from my professional, personal, and educational experiences, I am interested to research in the areas of policy, gender, sexuality, identity, culture, and intimate partner violence.  Taking few of the research interests forward, during my present PhD project at ISS, I shall try to understand the practice of intimate partner violence among relationships of transgender persons in Delhi, India.  Lastly, I am fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi languages and fairly understand Bengali. I am skilled in proof reading, editing, audio/video transcription/translation in English, Hindi & Punjabi.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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