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Prof Lakshmi Lingam


Centre for the Study of Contemporary Culture , School of Media and Cultural Studies

M.A. (Andhra University); Ph.D. (IIT, Bombay)

Dr. Lakshmi Lingam is a Professor currently associated with the TISS Director's Office. 

Dr. Lakshmi Lingam was the Deputy Director at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), in Hyderabad from May 2011- May 2016. In this position she had provided leadership in envisioning a new campus, hiring new teams of Faculty and researchers, building relationships with the government, non-government organizations and civil society groups, and offering new academic programs that significantly strengthened social sciences education and research.

Dr. Lakshmi is a well-known gender specialist. She is a three-time Fulbright Fellow holder. Her recent selection had been to participate as a Fulbright-Nehru Education Administrators Fellowship between October-November 2015. Dr. Lingam was a Indo-Shastri Visiting Scholar associated with the University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada (2011); Visiting Fellow, Gender, Sexuality and Law Fellowship program, School of Law, Keele University, Keele, North Staffordshire (2007).

Dr. Lakshmi Lingam is on the Curriculum Advisory Boards of several Women Studies Departments in Indian Universities as well as Technical and Ethical Advisory Board member of NGOs. In addition to her outstanding teaching and research activities, she has contributed to gender and equity mainstreaming activities of Government departments in a number of states in India. She was the General Secretary of the Indian Association for Women Studies during the period 2000 -2002. Dr. Lakshmi was a member of the National Resource Group of the Government of India, Mahila Samakhya program for women’s empowerment under the Ministry of HRD.

 Dr. Lakshmi has undertaken several national and international research projects, evaluation studies and has traveled widely within and outside the country for carrying out research, giving lectures and participating in conferences.


The research interests of Dr. Lakshmi Lingam range from exploring gender issues in development and macro economic policies; urban and rural poverty and women's livelihoods; studying women’s movements and other social movements in the period of globalization; understanding women's health and reproductive rights; and exploring issues of culture, women's identity and agency.


'Gendered Pattern of Burn Injuries in India: A Neglected Health Issue', Reproductive Health Matters. Published online June 2016. (co-authored)

‘Household Livelihood Strategies’ in Naples, Nancy A., (Editor).  Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, Volume, 6, Pp. 1322-1326, 2016.

 Time for justice, time for change! The place of academic and community partnerships in promoting local and global rights and challenging injustice, Ethics and Social Welfare, Routledge, 2016. (co-authored)

‘Production’ and ‘Reproduction’ in Feminism: Ideas, Perspectives and Concepts. IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review, January 2014 3 no. 1, p. 45-53. (co-authored)

‘Rape and Medical Evidence Gathering Systems, Need for Urgent Intervention’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol - XLVIII No. 03, (co-authored)

‘Gender and health in India: Emergent issues Beyond Equitable Access’ in Shweta Singh (Ed.), Social work and Social Development: Perspectives from India and the United States. 2013, Lyceum Books, Chicago, USA.

‘Development Theories and Community Development Practice: Trajectory of Changes’ in Marie Weil, Michael Reisch & Mary L. Ohmer (Eds.), The Handbook of Community Practice (Second Edition), August, 2012, Sage Publications, USA.

‘Unintentional injuries among children in resource poor settings: where do the fingers point?”. Archives of Childhood Diseases. Vol. 97 (1), p.35-38, January, 2012. (co-authored)

‘Reproductive Rights and Exclusionary Wrongs: Maternity Benefits’. Economic & Political Weekly, October 22, Vol XLVI, No 43, p. 94-103, 2011. (co-authored)

 Chapter 1: ‘Poverty Discourses and Global Civil Society’ with a sub-chapter titled “Mapping Poverty and Gender Discourses in India” in Kumar, A., Scholte, J. A. et.al., (eds.) Global Civil Society Yearbook: Poverty and Activism, Sage Publications, UK, 2009.

 ‘Limits to Empowerment: Micro-credit programs and Women in South India’ in Isabella Bakker & Rachel Silvey (eds.) Beyond States and Markets: The Challenges of Social Reproduction, Routledge, USA, 2008.

 ‘Domains of Empowerment: Women in Micro-credit Programs Negotiating Multiple Patriarchies’ in Carolyn M. Elliott (ed) Global Empowerment of Women: Responses to Globalization and Politicized Religions, Routledge, New York, 2007.





Feb 2015 – Feb 2017: Enhancing Quality of Health Systems Response to Sexual Assault. Funded by the ICMR, New Delhi.

2014 – 2016: Developing a Framework for Engaging in Combating Violence Against Women for Gender Equality’ collaborative project with LSE, UK and TISS funded by the Tata Trusts, Mumbai.

2013 – 2015: ‘Innovations in International Outreach: Social and Legal Methodologies in Research and Education’ collaborative project with Keele University, UK, under UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership.

2013-15: UKIERI- India Study Mission – collaboration with Keele University, UK.

July 2013 – March 2015: Status of Girl Children in the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Funded by Plan International, Hyderabad.

2010 – 2013: ‘Urban Aspirations in Globalising Cities’. TISS-Max Planck-PUKAR collaborative project supported by Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religion and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany.

2009 – 2011: National Review of Maternity Protection Policies and Programmes commissioned by the International Labor Organization and the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Government of India.


Dr. Lakshmi Lingam teaches several courses across under-graduate to MPhil programmes. The titles of courses that she teaches are:

Gender: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Gender and Development Practice

Gender, Health and Public Policies

Email: lakshmil[at]tiss[dot]edu

Dr. Lakshmi Lingam,


Tata Institute of Social Sciences,

903, Prof. Gore Academic Block,

Naoroji Campus, 

Deonar Village Road, 

Mumbai 400088

Email: lakshmil(at)tiss(dot)edu