Research Projects

The CWDS Faculty undertakes research on diverse themes. These reflect engagement with continuing themes as well as newer areas within the broad framework of our objectives. Our research frameworks combine qualitative and quantitative methods with analysis of micro studies, macro-data sets, and oral narratives, to critically reflect on the trends as well as policy issues emerging from these.

The broad research areas currently include:

  • Globalisation, women and work
  • Democracy, politics and governance
  • The Rights of the child
  • Early Child Marriage
  • Sex Ratios
  • Law and systems of justice
  • Statistics and gender indicators
  • Migration and Citizenship
  • Labour, Law and Migration
  • Women and Violence
  • Disability
  • Gender and Conflict
  • Gender and Education
  • Histories of the women’s movement
  • Women’s Studies and Feminism
  • Gender and Disability
  • Women and Health

Research Projects (since 2013)

  • Maternity Care Provision, Medical Dominance and Healthcare Market in India, sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
  • Desk Review on Early and Child Marriage in India – History, Debates and Future Directions –Research on Harmful Practices – Haryana, Maharashtra – Political, The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Interrogating Violence against Women from the other Side: An Exploratory Study into the World of Perpetrators Rationale, sponsored by National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC)
  • Integrated Tribal Development Project through Tasar Culture under TSP, sponsored by Directorate of Textiles (Sericulture)
  • Gender Dimensions of the Urban Labour Market: Investigating the Terms of Women’s Exclusion and Inclusion, sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
  • Delhi-Capturing Women’s Lives in a City in Transition An Oral History Project, sponsored by Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)
  • Approaching Data Sources: A Gender Lens, sponsored by The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Public Private Partnerships and Health Care in West Bengal, sponsored by Council for Social Development (CSD)
  • Digitize Documents on the Women’s Movement, sponsored by Indian Association for Women’s Studies
  • Revitalization of Local Health Traditions/Midwifery: Establishing the scope and pattern of care by Dais during and after Child Birth in Cultural and Geographic settings in India, sponsored by Ministry of AYUSH, GOI
  • The Role of Indigenous Mid-Wives (Dais) in the Health and Well-being of Birthing Women and New Born in four diverse and remote locations in India, sponsored by ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (IFIG)
  • The Political Economy of Sex Selection: Exploring Family-Development Linkages- Haryana and Maharashtra, sponsored by The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  •  The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)
  • Study on MGNREGA- Asset Creation and Rural Development: An Evaluation of Category- B – Assets in Selected States, sponsored by National Institute of Rural Development (NIRDP)
  • Action Research on Women’s Labour Migration in India, sponsored by International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Study on Fair Recruitment Practices of Domestic Worker: Lessons from Cooperative/Collective Initiatives, sponsored by International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Need Assessment to understand the Development Priorities of Minority Women in Select Minority concentration Districts in India : A Policy Review, sponsored by The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)
  • Comparative Study of Community Health Worker’s (CHWs) Programme in South Asia, sponsored by Public Services International South Asia (PSI)
  • Work in Freedom: Evidence from Odisha, sponsored by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
  • Gender and Governance in Conflict Zones: A South Asian Perspective, sponsored by International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Violence Against Women and Girls with Physical Disabilities in India: Understanding the Issues and Promoting Legal Empowerment, sponsored by South Asia Women’s Fund (SAWF)
  • Engendering Change: Exploring the interlinkages between Marriage, Disability, Sexuality and Knowledge Building in India from a Women’s Studies perspective, sponsored by FORD Foundation
  • Strengthening ECCD in India through Action, Research, Advocacy and Capacity Building, sponsored by Plan India (PLAN)
  • Dialogue: Women in Contemporary India: Contexts and Possibilities, sponsored by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung  (RLS)
  • Labour Law and the Migrant Workers, sponsored by OAK Foundation
  • Case Study of the Forum for Crèches Child Care Services (FORCES), sponsored by Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
  • National Level Monitoring and Evaluation, sponsored by Ministry of Rural Development, GOI
  • External Evaluation Project, sponsored by CHETNALAYA
  • Workshop on Education, sponsored by All India Poultry Development And Services Pvt Ltd
  • Gender, Society and Culture: Issues from the North Indian Context, sponsored by ICSSR Northern Regional Centre
  • The Journey from Victim to Survivor Challenges for Justice – Lotika Sarkar Memorial, sponsored by ICSSR Northern Regional Centre
  • National Media Sensitisation Workshop on Female Foeticide (Sex Selection) at Goa, Varanasi and Pune, sponsored by The New India Assurance Co Ltd.
  • Course/ Workshop on Issues and Approaches under University’s Programme Gender and Development in India (South Asia) for Undergraduate Students from University of Pennsylvania , sponsored by University of Pennsylvania