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)

  • Interrogating Violence Against Women from the Other Side: An exploratory Study in the World of Perpetrators- supported by NHRC
  • Violence Against Women and Girls with Physical Disabilities in India: Understanding the Issues and Promoting Legal Empowerment – supported by South Asia Women’s Fund (SAWF)
  • Maternity Care Provision, Medical Dominance and Healthcare Market in India, sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
  • Engendering Change: Exploring the interlinkages between Marriage, Disability, Sexuality and Knowledge Building in India from a Women’s Studies perspective (Funded by Ford Foundation)
  • a)  Analysing Early and Child Marriage in India: The Interlocking Markets of Education, Marriage and Work
  • b)  Intersectional Analysis on Disability and Sexuality
  • c)  Knowledge Gateway on Women’s Studies in South Asia and Creating a Digital Archive of Grey Literature on Women’s Studies
  • d)  Building Capacities of Women’s Studies Centres in Regional Contexts
  • Historical Overview on Early and Child Marriage
  • 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)
  • Work in Freedom: Evidence from Odisha: CWDS-LSHTM Collaborative Project
  • Partnership with ARAB, Swedish Archives for Labour History to explore cross continental/regional trends and perspectives around the Changing Contours of Women’s Work
  • Labour Law and the Migrant Workers, sponsored by OAK Foundation
  • Action Research on Women’s Labour Migration in India
  • Commemorating a Hundred Years of Rosa Luxemburg – her Life, Ideas and Works sponsored by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung  (RLS)
  • 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)
  • Integrated Tribal Development Project through Tasar Culture under TSP, sponsored by Directorate of Textiles (Sericulture)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Understanding the Issues and Promoting Legal Empowerment, sponsored by South Asia Women’s Fund (SAWF)