Centre of Demography of Gender


About the Centre

The International Institute for Population Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Centre of Demography of Gender’ within the Department of Population and Development on October 01 2021. The new Centre aims to carry out high-quality interdisciplinary teaching and empirical research on various aspects related to population, health, and development in India and abroad. A key mandate of the new Centre is to develop gender related course curriculum which suits to the requirements of various stakeholders. Capacity building, through tailor-made short-term courses, is also an important agenda of the new Centre. In addition, the new Centre will act as a central data repository in India from where individuals, institutions or other stakeholders can access all data related to issues on gender. The Centre will also provide timely policy inputs to the central and state governments and local administrative bodies for formulation of appropriate policies and programmes from time to time. The Centre also intends to bring together Indian and international experts working on gender and related issues at one platform for knowledge sharing and developing best practices related to teaching and research on gender.

People Affitiated with the Centre

The Centre comprises of a diverse group of faculty members from different departments, disciplinary backgrounds, and specialization. The following faculty members are currently affiliated with the Centre.

Inaugural Advisory Board

Members of the inaugural advisory board of the Centre of Demography of Gender

  • Prof. Bina Agarwal, Retired Professor/Institute of Economic Growth and Professor of Development Economics and Environment/University of Manchester, UK
  • Prof. S. B. Agnihotri, Associate Faculty/Center for Policy Studies Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Dr. Monica Dasgupta, Research Professor Sociology/Maryland Population Research Center, USA
  • Prof. Sonalde Desai, Professor and Director/NCAER-National Data Innovation Centre New Delhi and Distinguished University Professor of Sociology/University of Maryland, USA
  • Dr. Christophe Guilmoto, Senior Fellow in Demography/French Institut de recherche pour le developpement (IRD) attached to CEPED Paris
  • Prof. Ravinder Kaur, Professor Sociology and Social Anthropology/Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • Prof. Anita Raj, Tata Chancellor Professor of Society and Health/University of California San Diego, USA
  • Prof. Faujdar Ram, Retired Director & Senior Professor/International Institute for Population Sciences Mumbai
  • Prof. T K Sundari Ravindran, Prinicipal Visiting Fellow/International Institute for Global Health United Nations University, Malaysia
  • Prof. Amy Tsui, Prof. Emerita/Population, Family and Reproductive Health Department, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Current Research Themes

The current members of the centre intend to carry out research in the following five broad themes:

Gender inequities
  • This research theme examines gender inequities in terms of son preference, social and economic implications of son preference, girl child marriage, understanding and measuring gender inequality, implications of gender inequality for female demographic disadvantage, etc.
  • Lead: Prof. Abhishek Singh; Member: Dr. Kaushalendra Kumar
Gender and access to resources
  • This research theme examines men’s and women’s access to digital, financial, and other such resources that are necessary for dignified and equitable living.
  • Lead: Prof. Usha Ram; Member: Dr. Reshmi R. S.
Gender and economic participation
  • This research theme examines women’s engagement in economic activities, constraints and difficulties faced by women in engaging in economic activities, women’s unpaid labor, women’s economic autonomy, women’s entrepreneurship, and other related issues.
  • Lead: Dr. Kaushalendra Kumar; Members: Prof. Aparajita Chattopadhyay, Dr. Pradeep Salve 
Men’s Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Health
  • Research shows, average men pay less attention to his health and men's knowledge of health matters is often poor. Men are more prone to risky health behaviours as compared to women. Men, due to several reasons, not only suffer from many chronic diseases, but they have unique health issues (related to reproductive health, occupational health, accident and injuries) that need in-depth research. Men’s mental health condition and its possible correlates are also important area to examine, men being more prone to suicides. Further, men’s knowledge, attitude and practice in the context of women and children's health like menstruation, contraception, pregnancy and delivery, infertility, child care, nutrition, community engagement in health promotion are necessary to explore for developing holistic gender-based policy and programme.
  • Lead: Prof. Aparajita Chattopadhyay; Members: Dr. Reshmi R.S., Dr. Suresh Jungari, Dr. Pradeep Salve
Gender and Violence
  • This research theme examines the gender-based violence against women and its health implications on women, factors affecting gender-based violence, violence during pregnancy and postpartum, its association with contraceptive use and health-seeking behaviour. This theme also examines violence against men.
  • Lead: Dr. Suresh Jungari; Members: Dr. Reshmi R.S., Dr. Pradeep Salve

Contact Us

Head, Centre of Demography of Gender 
International Institute for Populations Sciences
Govandi Station Road, Deonar
Mumbai- 400 088
Email: cdg[dot]iips[at]iipsindia[dot]ac[dot]in

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