2004 PhD, Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi
1998 MSc, Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi
1996 BSc (Hons), Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi
Countries: India, Bangladesh, Australia
States: Delhi, Manipur, Rajasthan, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal
Cities: Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Imphal
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Axomiya
Aruna Bhattacharya is a Medical Anthropologist working in the domain of health systems, research and public health. She uses an anthropological lens to study how power, hierarchy and marginalisation affect access to the public good.
Aruna’s previous research focused on drug-resistant tuberculosis in the slums of Delhi and Mumbai; harm-reduction programmes for injecting drug users as well as the non-injecting sexual partners; child-protection interventions in constructions sites and railways stations; access to nutrition programmes among particularly vulnerable tribal groups; and sexual and reproductive health rights for female sex workers. Recently, she conducted an ethnographic study of COVID-19 health-seeking behaviour in urban and peri-urban Bengaluru.
Aruna has worked with DANIDA, The World Bank, The Population Council and led national and international research collaborations. She was an Associate Professor at IIPH-D and PHFI, and has taught public health courses (PGDPHM and MPH) in an interdisciplinary context. At IIPH-D, she led many research projects as PI and co-PI with national and international funding. She also collaborated with Harvard School of Public Health, University College of London and the University of Sydney for research and interventions as well as for developing collaborative curricula in public health.
She wrote (and edited) a book, ‘Innovations in Family Planning-Case Studies from India’, which was published by SAGE India in 2015. Currently, she is working on a book of case studies for creating pedagogy in public health using a social science lens. This work received initial funding from Health Systems Global (SHAPES grant).
Aruna holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Delhi, India. Before joining IIHS, she was a faculty member at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.