Divya Ravindranath

Consultant - Academics & Research | divyar at iihs dot ac dot in

2018   PhD, Social Work, Brown School, Washington University in St Louis, MO, USA
2007   MA, Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
2005   BA, English Literature, Mumbai University



Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Cities: Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Port Blair
Languages: English, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada

Divya Ravindranath’s doctoral work looked at maternal health and child malnutrition in migrant households engaged in construction work. In this ethnographic study, she conducted field work at construction sites in the city of Ahmedabad to study workers’ experiences and perceptions of maternal and child health status, households’ ability to access healthcare and government programs. Her current research work focuses on the intersection of informal labour, gender and urban health. She is particularly interested in studying breastfeeding practices, access to antenatal and postpartum care, occupational health hazards and health inequity among workers undertaking informal work.


On completion of master’s degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Divya worked with several not-for-profit organisations in various parts of urban and rural India. Most of this work has centred around issues of common pool resources, urban infrastructure and livelihoods. Divya has recently been a visiting faculty at CEPT, Ahmedabad where she taught qualitative research methods to masters and doctoral students.

Journal Articles:

  • Rohela, P., Bhan, A., Ravindranath, D., Bose, D. L., & Pathare, S. (2020). Must there be a “war” against coronavirus?. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, 5(3), 222-226.
  • Ravindranath, D., Trani, J-F., & Lannotti, L. (2019). Nutrition among children of migrant construction workers in Ahmedabad, India. International Journal for Equity in Health, 18(1), 143.
  • Metzger, M. W., Bender, A., Flowers, A., Murugan, V., & Ravindranath, D. (2019). Step by step: Tenant accounts of securing and maintaining quality housing with a housing choice voucher. Journal of Community practice, 27(1), 31-44.
  • Ravindranath, D. (2017). Visa regulations and labour market restrictions: implications for Indian immigrant women in the United States. The Indian Journal of Labour Economics60(2), 217-232.
  • Bender, A., Metzger, M., Murugan, V., & Ravindranath, D. (2016). Housing choices as school choices: Subsidized renters’ agency in an uncertain policy context. City & Community, 15(4), 444-467.


Book/Book chapters

  • Ravindranath, D (2019). Access to maternal health programs. In S. I. Rajan & M. Sumeetha (Eds.), Handbook on internal migration in India (pp. 738-748). New Delhi: Sage.


Other Writing:

Public Intellectual Writing:

  • Ravindranath, D. (2017). The “Dependent” Indian women in the US—A new beginning. Economic and Political Weekly52(2), 27-30.
  • Ravidranath, D., & Siegel, S. (2015). Low wages and fast food. Economic and Political Weekly50(18), 18-21
  • Prusaczyk, B., Ravindranath, D., Davis, M., & Sewell, W. (2014). The Ferguson verdict: Tracing the movement against racism. Economic and Political Weekly, 49(47).
  • Ravindranath, D., Davis, M., Prusaczyk, B., & Sewell, W. (2014). Race in contemporary America: Protest, police and media in Ferguson. Economic & Political Weekly, 49, (43-44), 22-24.



  • Ravindranath, D. (2021, August 7). This world breastfeeding week, India needs to Ask why Its maternity benefit laws fall short. The Wire. https://thewire.in/health/this-world-breastfeeding-week-india-needs-to-ask-why-its-maternity-benefit-laws-fall-short
  • Ravindranath, D., & Kumar, V. (2021, June 01). India’s large informal workforce must be prioritised in our COVID-19 vaccine strategy. The Wire. https://thewire.in/rights/our-large-informal-workforce-must-be-prioritised-in-our-covid-19-vaccine-strategy
  • Kapilashrami, A., Issac, A., Sharma, J., Wickramage, K., John, E. A., Ravindranath, D., Aziz, R., Duigan, P. (2020, May 29). Neglect of low-income migrants in covid-19 response. The BMJ Opinion.
  • Ravindranath, D. (2020).  [Milk teeth by Amrita Mahale]. Unbanisation, 1-4.
  • Ravindranath, D., & Daniel, U. (2020, May 05). Understanding the implications of the COVID-19 lockdown on migrant workers’ children. The Wire.
  • Ravindranath, D. (2019, September, 27). How labour conditions at construction sites are leading to higher rates of child malnutrition. Scroll.in.
  • Ravindranath, D., & Varma, D. (2019, March 25). Seasonal migration and health in India: Constraints for research and practice. Ideas for India.
  • Ravindranath, D. (2017, July 9). Making Ahmedabad mine. The Wire.
  • Ravindranath, D. (2017, February 4). The ‘other’ visa issue: Acknowledging the crisis that may be looming for H4 visa holders. The Wire.

Conference Proceedings:

  • Ravindranath, D. (2018). Maternal health and access to healthcare among migrant workers engaged in informal construction work (Ahmedabad, India). In A. N. Sharma, I. C. Awasthi, T. Endow, B. Reddy, M. Prasad, S. K. Dubey, & S. Dhote (Eds.), 60 th Labour Economics Conference (pp. 184-185). Mumbai: Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research.
  • Barriers to breastfeeding and complementary feeding: field notes from construction sites in Ahmedabad. Presented at the International Conference on Nutrition before, beyond and during first 1000 days of life – evidence and action, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad.
  • Presented a research seminar on “Malnutrition among children of migrant construction workers: status and perceptions, household challenges and policy gaps” at Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Azim Premji University, Alternative Law Forum and Institute of Public Health, Bangalore,
  • Presented a talk on ‘Race in Contemporary America’ at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad.
  • Significance of CPRs in sustaining rural livelihoods. Presented at the Conference on Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE), Hyderabad.
  • Presented on ‘Common Pool Resources in India’ at the International Association for Study of Commons, Hyderabad.
  • Participated in the ‘Gender Water Equity’ Workshop organised by TISS, SaciWaters, Gender Water Alliance, SOPPECOM, Goa.