I’m an Australian social researcher, writer and independent filmmaker with a focus on India. 

I hold a PhD in social anthropology, and my research work can broadly be said to interpret the socio-cultural factors that shape illness, health behaviours and healing trajectories, building primarily on medical anthropology and gender studies theory.

My film and radio documentaries mostly focus on the inherent tensions of modernisation in India, across the spheres of culture, ritual, gender relations, the arts and self-expression. This includes my award-winning documentary film A Life Exposed: Robyn Beeche (2013), and my forthcoming Tamil-language short drama film A Bride of Aravan (2020).  

I provide editing services for academics who seek a high level of English ‘polish’ in order to publish in academic journals.   I have also worked as a communications advisor for major not-for-profit organisations and coordinated successful advocacy campaigns. 

In my spare time, I’m a director of Attitude Foundation, which seeks to change mainstream attitudes towards people with disabilities through documentary TV series. For the last 15 years, I have managed a project that supports young women from disadvantaged village contexts in south India to undertake college education. I’m also a keen yoga and tango practitioner.

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Lesley Branagan
email: lesley@lesleybranagan.com