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.
Current Research Themes
The current members of the centre intend to carry out research in the following five broad themes:
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
Head, Centre of Demography of Gender
International Institute for Populations Sciences
Govandi Station Road, Deonar
Mumbai- 400 088