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 focuses broadly on themes of gender, health and religion in India. 

My film and radio documentaries are mostly set in India, and focus on the entwined themes of arts, culture, biography, community, gender and religion. This includes my award-winning documentary film A Life Exposed: Robyn Beeche (2013), and my forthcoming Tamil short drama film A Bride of Aravan (2020).  

I have written feature articles for leading international publications, and undertake other professional writing assignments. 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 attitudes towards people with disabilities by sharing their stories. 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