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Dr Bindhulakshmi P.

Associate Professor , Mumbai campus

Advanced Centre for Women's Studies , School of Development Studies

M.A. (Kannur University), M.Phil. (Hyderabad University), Ph.D. (IIT -B)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Amsterdam  Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, 2006- 2008

Assistant Professor, Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 2009-2015

Associate Professor, Advanced Centre for  Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Ocotber 2015 onwards

Feminist Disability Studies

Gender, Labour and Migration

Mental Health

Medical Anthropology


1. Noronha, J., Malik, A., Bindhulakshmi, P. et al. (2020). Oncology Residency–a Burning Issue, Results of a Questionnaire-Based Survey on Psychological Well-being of Oncology Residents. Indian J Surg Oncol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13193-020-01183-7

2.Pattadath Bindhulakshmi., Arocha L., Chattopadhyay R., Gopal M (2020). Worker-Driven Initiatives to Tackle Modern Slavery. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds) Decent Work and Economic Growth. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham

3. Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2020). The blurred boundaries of migration: transnational flows of women domestic workers from Kerala to UAE in Social Change, Sage publications, New Delhi.

4. Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2020). ‘Mad Studies and Feminist Disability Studies- Interconnections, gaps, and points of contestation’, Special issue on Gender and Disability, in Peace prints: South Asian Journal of Peace Building. Volume 5, No. 1.

5.Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2018). 'Making sense of legality: Everyday resistance and survival tactics among undocumented women domestic workers in the labour market of U.A.E.' in Workers Movements and Strikes in the 21 st century, Edited by Madhumita Dutta, Jörg Nowak, Peter Birke, Rowman & Littlefield.

6. Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2018). 'Gender, Mental Illness and the Everyday: Understanding the Interface of Psychiatry with the Lives of Women Diagnosed as Mentally Ill' in Re-Imagining Sociology in India: Feminist Perspectives, Edited by Gita Chadha and N.T Joseph, Routledge, New Delhi

7. Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2018). 'Mobility, Accessibility, and Inclusion: Spatial politics of gendered migrant domestic labour' in Migration, Gender and Care Economy, Edited by Irudaya Rajan and Neetha N Pillai, Routledge, New Delhi

8. Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2016). Experience as expert knowledge: A Critical Understanding of Survivor Research in Mental Health. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, 23(3), 203-205.

9.Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2016). 'Disability, exclusions, and the maintenance of corporeal norms' in Caffe Dissensus, August, 2016

10. Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2014). 'Negotiating the Intimate Space: Home and the sense of belonging among migrant women domestic workers' in eSocial Sciences (E Book), June, 2014

11.Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2012) The ‘Diagnosed’ Body: Embodied Experiences of Mental Illness in In Indian Anthropologists vol. 42, n0.1 jan-june 2012 pp 39-54

12.Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi and Annelies Moors (2012) Moving between Kerala and Dubai: Women domestic workers, state actors, and the misrecognition of problems’ in Illegal but Licit Transnational flows and Permissive Polities: Ethnographies of Human Mobilities in Asia (Eds. Barak Kalir and Malini Sur), Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam, 2012

13. Pattadath, Bindhulakshmi (2010) Gender Mobility and State Response: India Domestic workers in the UAE’, in Governance and Labour Migration: India Migration Report 2010 (Ed. S. Irudayarajan), Routledge, New Delhi



Principal investigator for a research project 'Worker-driven initiatives to tackle modern slavery in India: a socio-historical pilot study'. This pilot project is a collaboration between Dr. Bindhulakshmi P and Dr. Meena Gopal from the Advanced Centre for Women's Studies at the School of Development Studies at TISS and Dr Lorena Arocha from the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull. The project has gained funding through the Global Challenges Research Fund Pump Priming Scheme allocated through UK Research and Innovation to universities in the UK.

Collaborative research project on Status Report on Girl Child in India sponsored by Save the Children, Bal Raksha Bharat, September 2013- June 2014 (Completed)

Research project on 'Aging Body, Gender, Caregiving Patterns and policies sponsored by TISS Research council, November 2013 to August 2015 (Completed)


In MA programme:

1.  Women, History, and Society: feminist theories and perspectives

2.  Feminist perspectives on Gender and Health.

3. Feminist research methodology/Practices


In MPhil Programme:

1. Theorizing feminism

2. Feminist perspectives on Discipline, Methodology, Methods, and Tools

3. Disability, Body, and Intersectionalities

4. Perspectives on Labour, Migration, and Globalization

Email: bindhulakshmi[at]tiss[dot]edu