Indian Institute for Human Settlements | Omkar Nadh Pattela

Omkar Nadh Pattela

Post-Doctoral Fellow | opattela at iihs dot ac dot in


2021   PhD, Development Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore

2014   MSc, Systems Biology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

2012   BSc, Systems Biology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad



Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
Cities: Bengaluru, Hyderabad
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu

Omkar is a postdoctoral fellow at IIHS working with the Urban Health team in the PEAK project. He is also a part of the ongoing research on municipalisation and financialisation of municipal corporations that has led to institutional or organisational transformation.


In the Urban Health stream, he researches on healthcare seeking behavior of the low-income households in the context of non-communicable diseases particularly focusing on hypertension, diabetes and asthma.


Prior to joining IIHS, he completed his PhD dissertation titled ‘Bio political economy of medical biotechnology in India: constitution of patient-consumer subjectivities’ from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru. In his thesis, he examined the role of various actors including state and its institutions, financial actors and academia in the constitution of a medical biotechnology ecosystem in India. Further, he has also examined the increasing prevalence of personalised medicine particularly in the context of genomic diagnostic tests and the concomitant practices of value extraction.


Omkar’s areas of interest include critical social theory, political economy, science technology society studies, financialisation, data capitalism and public health.

Journal Articles

  • Nadh, P. O. (2020). Financialization and its impact on the nature of knowledge production in bioeconomy. Current Science, 118(8), 1296-1303.
  • Nadh, P. O. (2018). Political economy of biomedical technology. Economic & Political Weekly, 53(35), 37-43.
  • George, S., Chandran, A. B., Nadh, P. O., & Apurva, K. H. (2018). Is drug development in India responsive to the disease burden?. Economic & Political Weekly, 53(30), 51-57.
  • Nadh, P. O. (2018). Politics of pollution: Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park. Economic and Political Weekly53(49), 33-38.



  • Nadh, P. O. (2022, June 20). Narrow lanes and deeper histories: Reflections from KG Halli. Ethnomarginalia.
  • Nadh, P. O. (2018). Revenue-based business model to growth-based business model: A critical review of Indian pharmaceutical industry. (Working Paper No. 427).
  • Nadh, P. O. (2018, May 20). Abysmal state of India’s healthcare system. Deccan Herald.
  • Nadh, P. O. (2018, July 08). The startup conundrum: innovation versus Risk. Deccan Herald.
  • Nadh, P. O. (2018, December 27). India’s pharma industry: at a patent disadvantage. Deccan Herald.