I’m a social anthropologist with a focus on themes of health, gender and religion in India.
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 its entanglement with changing gender and kinship roles, and the neoliberal shift towards biomedicalisation of care.
I received a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award for my master degree research, which focused on health seekers’ experiences of faith healing sites in India that had introduced psychiatric services in order to offer a ‘medicine-and-prayer’ institutional healing model.
My interpretations of other aspects of ritual, devotion, gender and modernity in India can be seen in my radio and film documentaries.
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.
See my publications on ResearchGate.