Research Projects

The CWDS Faculty has undertaken research on a number of diverse themes in recent years. This reflects engagementnt with continuing themes as well as newer areas within the broad framework of our objectives. While women, work and the economy remains an abiding concern, so does the phenomenon of declining and adverse child sex ratios. Violence is being addressed in

different locations; including the specific domain of crime, as well as the impact of conflict related violence along with issues of governance from a gender perspective. As the context of policies changes, health has emerged as an area requiring greater investigation. The expanding urban locations pose new vulnerabilities for women even as they seek greater opportunities. Our research frameworks combine analysis of micro studies, macro-data sets, and oral narratives, to critically reflect on the trends as well as policy issues emerging from these.

Some broad research areas of the current faculty include:

  • Globalisation, women and work
  • Democracy, politics and governance
  • The Rights of the child
  • Law and systems of justice
  • Statistics and gender indicators
  • Migration and Citizenship
  • Comparative perspectives on Health
  • Violence and disability
  • Gender and Conflict
  • Gender and Education
  • Histories of the women’s movement
  • Women’s Studies and Feminism
  • Women’s Studies and Feminism

Ongoing Research Projects

  • The Political Economy of Sex Selection: Exploring Family-Development Linkages
  • Edited Volume Project: Women in the Worlds of Labour – Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Perspectives
  • Gender Dimensions of the Urban Labour Market: Investigating the Terms of Women’s Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Work in Freedom: Evidence from Odisha: CWDS-LSHTM Collaborative Project
  • Labour Law and the Migrant Worker
  • Interrogating Violence against Women from the other Side: An Exploratory Study into the World of Perpetrators Rationale
  • Gender and Governance in Conflict Zones: A South Asian Perspective
  • Delhi—Capturing Women’s Lives in a City in Transition An Oral History Project
  • Documenting Dalit Women’s Experiences
  • In Search of Justice: A Socio-legal Analysis of the Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act, 2005
  • Indigenous Midwives and their Skills in Contributing to the Wellbeing of Birthing Women and Newborns (The ‘Jeeva’ Project)
  • National Level Monitor work of Ministry of Rural Development
  • Public Private Partnerships and Health Care in West Bengal
  • Gender and Commercialisation of Health Care
  • The Adverse Child Sex Ratio and Sex Selection
  • Book Project: Feminist Trajectories in Time and Space
  • Approaching Data Sources: A Gender Lens
  • Gender Dimensions of the Urban Labour Market: Investigating the Terms of Women’s Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Work in Freedom: Evidence from Odisha
  • Interrogating Violence against Women from the other Side: An Exploratory Study into the World of Perpetrators’ Rationale
  • Gender and Governance in Conflict Zones: A South Asian Perspective
  • Sex Selective Practices and Declining Sex Ratios in India: Interventions and Challenges
  • In Search of Justice: A Socio-legal Analysis of the Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act, 2005
  • Indigenous Midwives and their Skills in Contributing to the Wellbeing of Birthing Women and Newborns (The ‘Jeeva’ Project)
  • Documenting the Women’s Movement