Research Projects

CWDS faculty is engaged with research on diverse themes. Faculty research areas reflect engagement with contemporary themes as well as newer areas of concern within the broad framework of CWDS objectives. Research by CWDS faculty combines qualitative and quantitative methods including micro-studies, macro-data sets, oral narratives and ethnography. The broad research areas of faculty currently include:

  • Globalisation, Women and Work
  • Democracy, Politics and Governance
  • 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
  • Gender and Conflict
  • Gender and Education
  • Women and Health
  • Histories of women’s movements
  • Women’s Studies and Feminism
  • Gender and Disability

Research Projects

Research Projects (Completed 2022)

  • ‘Socio-economic Status of Suicide Affected Families of Farmer’s and Agricultural Workers in Punjab: An Enquiry into the impact on Women and Children’, (Funded by Punjab Farmers’ Commission)
  • “Rapid Ethnographic Assessment of Time and Time-Use” (Phase – I) (Funded by ILO)
  • ‘Education Policy in Delhi: An Analysis and School Management Committees: Making of Educational Policy in Delhi, (Funded by CWDS-ICSSR).

Research Projects (Ongoing)

1)  Engendering Change: Exploring the Interlinkages between Marriage, Disability, Sexuality and Knowledge Building in India from a Women’s Studies Perspective – (funded by Ford Foundation) –  4 sub-projects:

  •  “Analysing Early and Child Marriage in India: The Interlocking Markets of Education, Marriage and Work”
  •  “Intersectional Analysis on Disability and Sexuality”
  • “Knowledge Gateway on Women’s Studies in South Asia and Creating a Digital Archive of Grey Literature on Women’s Studies”
  • “Building Capacities of Women’s Studies Centres in Regional Contexts”

2)  “From Memory to History” – (Funded by CWDS-ICSSR)

3)  “BUILD – Multi-Dimensional Gender Equality and Freedom from Violence: Innovating Research and Catalyzing Partnerships” (Funded by Ford Foundation)

(a)     Gender Inequalities, Layered Violence and Healthcare in India:  What Exists and Beyond
(Project Team – Bijoya Roy and (Consultant) C.U. Thresia)

(b)    Disability, Gender and Violence: What we know and what Needs to be Explored
(Project Team Renu Addlakha and (Consultant) Seema Baquer)

(c)     Decoding the Economic Base of Inequality and Gender Based Violence in   Contemporary India
(Project Team– Neetha N. and (Consultant) Indrani Mazumdar)

(d)    Gender, Citizenship Rights and Violence against Women
(Project Team– Seema Kazi and (Consultant) Anupama Roy)

(e)     Caste Inequality and Violence on Women in India
(Project Team– Vandana and (Consultants) Shivani Kapur and Mary E. John)

 (f)     Background paper on Data Sources and Methodologies
(Project Consultant– Manasi Bera)

4)  “Rapid Ethnographic Assessment of Time and Time-Use” (Phase – II) (Funded by ILO)

5)  Mothers’ Negotiating for Daughters’ (Higher) Education: Studying the Intersection of Caste, Class and Gender in the Balmiki Community’ (Funded by ICSSR)

6)  “Minor Forest Produce (MFP) and Livelihood in Bankura: A Gender Analysis” – (Supported by CWDS-ICSSR)

7)  “North-East Migrant Women in Service Sectors: Manipuri Women Working in Delhi and NCR” – (Supported by CWDS-ICSSR)

8)  “Study on the impact of COVID 19 on Maternal Health in small towns of Manipur” – (Supported by CWDS-ICSSR)

9)  “Education is the Recipe for all Ailments’: Looking into the Everyday Educational Practices at Home and School” – (Supported by CWDS-ICSSR)

10)  “Gender Resource Centre closure and effects on Women: An exploratory study in Delhi” (Supported by CWDS-ICSSR)

11)  Effect of Corona pandemics on Domestic Female workers: A case study of Delhi (Funded by CWDS-ICSSR)

New Research Initiatives/Projects

1)  ‘Cleaning River & Cleaning Flood Plain: The Ethnographic Study of Yamuna Flood Plain’ (CWDS funded project).