I’m a social anthropologist, specialising in the themes of health, gender and religion in India.
In the broadest sense, I’m a medical anthropologist highlighting the social-cultural factors that shape women’s illness, health behaviours and healing trajectories, in low-income and vulnerable contexts.
My PhD (awarded by Leipzig University & Macquarie University in 2019) was an ethnographic analysis of the interrelationship between illness, suffering, crisis of care and agency in a low-income neighbourhood in New Delhi. Based on 12 months of fieldwork, the research portrays the textures of everyday life lived with illness and inadequate care, and how this is entangled with larger ideological and political shifts, such as changing gender roles, medicalisation, globalisation and neoliberalism, and tensions between tradition and modernity.
My master degree thesis focused on health seekers’ experiences of faith healing sites in India that had introduced psychiatric services, yielding an innovative ‘medicine-and-prayer’ institutional healing model.
My rigorous qualitative research skills have been honed over two decades of work, starting with work on native title claims in Aboriginal communities in remote central Australia.
Watch this space for forthcoming publications.