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Prof Shankar Das

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Health, Policy, Planning and Management , School of Health Systems Studies

M.A. (TISS), M.Sc. (LSE, UK), M.Phil. (NIMHANS), Ph.D. (Mumbai), Post Doctorate (Fogarty - NIH Fellow, University of Florida, USA), Dip. Y.E., Dip. Y.T. (Mumbai)

Prof. Shankar Das has over two decades of experience as a teacher, trainer, researcher and human resources development practitioner in the field of health and development. His professional skills mainly include public heath, health promotion, primary health care, and professional education; he has extensive experience working at senior level with and within the Government, Public Sector, academia and organisations at local, state, national and international levels. He enjoys working in challenging social, political and physical environments and has the ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team.  Prof. Das had the opportunity to work in some of the low and high income countries, such as India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Finland, Japan, UK and USA. Since 2008, he has been working as a Professor at the Centre for Health Policy, Planning and Management (CHPPM) in the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India. During the initial and formative years (2007 to 2014) of the CHPPM, he had provided the academic leadership and nurtured the centre as the Chairperson. He has initiated and developed collaboration with universities in UK, USA and Canada wherein he had designed and delivered several academic programmes including the Study India Programme (SIP) in Social Care Policy and Programme.

He was actively involved in developing the curriculum for several Post-Graduate and doctoral level professional programmes. He teaches various courses such as Global Public Health, Mental Health, Health and Social Care Policy, Leadership and Strategic Management in Health Care, Public Health Research, Community Health, Holistic Health Counselling, Complimentary and Alternative Health Practices etc. for the Masters and M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes.

He was invited by World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health, Union of Myanmar as a Consultant to advice on national capacity building and technical expertise for improving behavioural component of Health care delivery systems in Myanmar. As part of Human Resource Development initiatives Unilever Bangladesh invited him to design and deliver series of capacity building programmes for various health care professionals in therapeutic and health management. In the year 2009-2010, he was awarded the TISS-LSE Faculty Fellowship to pursue higher studies at the London School of Economics (LSE), UK and to develop Master in Public Health in Health Policy, Economics and Finance at the TISS, India. He was selected as a Research Associate in the PSSU, at the London School of Economics, where he researched Ethnic Minority Patients' Access to Mental Health Services in the United Kingdom. In the year 2011-2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked on Mental Health, Long Term Care Policies in UK and India. He was invited as a Visiting Professor at the College of Medicine and College of Education and Social Care, University of Vermont, USA and to teach a summer course on Integrated and Holistic Health Practice for PG students. In the year 2014, he had completed the Post Doctoral research training in chronic non-communicable disorders and diseases across the life span under the Fogarty Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Public Health, University of Florida, USA. 

He has widely published his work in reputed peer reviewed journals and written chapters, books on diverse areas such as public health, mental health, sustainable development, wellbeing and prosperity. The focus of his work is evidence-informed policy and practice across the spectrum of public health issues and strategies.



Positions and Career Highlights

  • Member, International Advisory Board, International Multidisciplinary Research, European Academic Research, ISSN 2286-4822  ISSN-L 2286-4822, Buzau 120082, Romania, European Union.
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Amity Journal of Healthcare Management (AJHM), An International, Biannual, Refereed Journal of Healthcare Management, AU, India.
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The Journal of Health Policy and Programmes in India (JHPP), New Delhi, India.
  • Editor, Mental Health & Human Resilience International Journal (MHRIJ). MedWin Publishers . Indexed in Academic Research Index: ResearchBIb and Advanced Science Index. 2609 Crooks Rd #229 Troy, MI 48084.

  • Member, Advisory Committee, Indian Journal of Social Science Research and Development (IJSSRD), India.Social Scientist, Ethics Committee, Clinical Research Institute, Fortis Hospitals Ltd., Mumbai, India.

  • Member, Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC), Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Health professions & College of Medicine, University of Florida, USA.
  • Member, Training Technical Support Unit (TTSU), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi. 
  • Member, Expert Committee, Research Projects on Alternatives in Health Care, ICSSR-ICMR, Government of India, New Delhi.   
  • Managing Editor, Journal of Social Welfare and Management (JSWM), ISSN:0975-0231, Delhi.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Psychiatry and Mental Health (PMH), Delhi.
  • Technical Advisory Committee Member, EKAM Foundation: Healthy Child Healthy Community, India. http://www.ekamoneness.org/about/integrity/technical-committee/

  • Award for Research Excellence, the Indus Foundation, Indo-Global Education Summit 2017, New Delhi.

  • Award for National Fellowship for Global Health Studies; Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, Government of India, 2017-218. Visiting Scholar to the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville, USA.

Global Health, Health Care Access and Utilization; Mental Health, Behavioral and Life Style Related Disorders; Health and Social Care Policy and Programs

Public Health Workforce Analysis and Development; Health Systems Research; Participatory Needs Assessments, Monitoring and Evaluation of Services; 

Capacity Building, Soft Skill Training and Training Technology; Curriculum Development in Public Health and Health Management in Developing Countries 

Complementary and Alternative Health Approaches. Holistic Health Counselling, Spirituality, Health and Yoga.


  • With K.S. Patil (2018). Disaster: Challenges, Responses and Management (Book), Discovery Publications, New Delhi, ISBN 93-8641-79-7.
  • With Tripathy. T and Z. Ladak-Merchant (2017).  Capacity Building of ASHA in the Monthly Meeting Platforms in Primary Health Centers and Community Health Centers in Uttar Pradesh, India Journal of Social Sciences. JSS, Volume 3, Issue 3, December, 2017.
  • Global Mental Health, Peace and Sustainability: Does Yoga Show the Way? Journal of Depression and Anxiety. ISSN: 2167-1044, Volume 6, Issue 4, 1000294. September, 2017.   https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/global-mental-health-peace-and-sustainability-does-yoga-show-the-way-2167-1044-1000294.pdf
  • With K.R. Sharma. Assessment and Evaluation of Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife &, (anm) schools in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Pages: 37-39 in Contemporary Issues in Educations (Eds) D. Balaramulu, R.M. Murthy, G. Balaji, S. Dasu P., First Edition 2017. Canadian Academic Publishing, Ontario, Canada. ISBN : 978-1-926488-49-3
  • Depression: Meeting the Future Global Health Challenge. Journal of Depression and Anxiety S1: 023. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.S1-023. December, 2016
  • https://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/depression-meeting-the-future-global-health-challenge-2167-1044-S1-023.pdf
  • Health Care System in  India. In Christian Aspalter, Kenny T. Pribadi, Robin Gauld  (Eds.). Health Care Systems in Developing Countires in Asia, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017. https://www.routledge.com/Health-Care-Systems-in-Developing-Countries-in-Asia/Aspalter-Pribadi-Gauld/p/book/9781472483416

  • With K.R. Sharma. Analysis of Roles and Responsibilities of ANMs. The International Journal of Advancements in Research and Technology. Volume 4, Issue 3, March 2015, Pages 2-39, (ISSN:2278-7763) (IJoART)
  • With Thakare B. Utilization of Health Care Services among Rural Landless Agricultural Labourers in Buldhana District of Maharashtra, India. The International Journal of Scientific Research, Vol:4, Issue: 4 April 2015, Pages 475-478, (ISSN No. 2277-8179).          
  • With K.R. Sharma. A Performance Innovation Framework for the NRHM Mandated 2nd ANMs in Andhra Pradesh. International Journal of Advance Research (IJOAR.org), in Volume 3, Issue 3, Page 1-29, March 2015 Edition (ISSN 2320-9127). 
  • With K.R. Sharma, An exploratory analysis of the factors affecting performance of additional MPHWs-F in undivided Andhra Pradesh. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research. Paper Published in IJSER Volume 6, Issue1, Pages 2172-2187, January 2015 Edition (ISSN 2229-5518).
  • With K.R. Sharma, An antidote to the Mission Girl Child- The PC&PNDT Act. AMBER:ABBS Management Business and Entrepreneurship Review, Vol.5, Issue 2, Pages 106-115, April-September, 2014, ISSN: 0976-334.
  • With Ashima Das and Ruth Kattumuri, Inclusive Education: A Contextual Working Model, Pages  230, Concept Publishing Company,  New Delhi, 2013.
  • With Ashima Das, George Leibowitz, Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in India. In Usha S. Nayar (Ed.). Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Pages 57-74, Sage, New Delhi 2012. 
  • With Usha S. Nayar, Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in Contemporary India. In Usha S. Nayar (Ed.), Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Pages 337-350, Sage, New Delhi 2012. 
  • With Ashima Das, George S. Leibowitz "Terminal Illness: Emerging Issues and Alternatives in Health Care. In Surendra Singh (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Social Work in India, Volume 5, Pages 1527-1538, New Royal Books Co., 2012 (ISBN 978-93-80685-53-3).
  • Counseling and Social Work Practice in India, In Surendra Singh (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Social Work in India, Volume 4, Pages 191-200, New Royal Books Co. 2012, (ISBN 978-93-80685-52-6).
  • With G.S. Leibowitz "Mental Health Needs of People Living with HIV/AIDS in India", AIDS Care, Pages 417-425, December 2010, (ISSN 0954-0121),  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09540121.2010.507752.
  • With A. Das Differential Childhood (Invited Book), Pages 203, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2010, (ISBN 13-978-81-8069-670-1), http://www.conceptpub.com/bookdetail.php?id=1374.
  • Working with Individuals in Urban Settings, Special Issue: Indian Journal of Social Work, Theoretical Perspectives Social Work Practice: Exploring Alternatives, Vol. 69, Issue 2, Pages 203-219, April 2008, (ISSN: 0019-5634). http://caseworkandcounselling-india.blogspot.com.
  • Peer Treatment Education in the Networks of People Living with HIV/AIDS in India, Pages 92, Population Foundation of India, New Delhi, 2008.
  • Families of Children with Special Needs: Perspectives for Intervention. National Journal of Professional Social Work. Combined Volume 3-8, No. 1-2, December, 2007. pp. 5-20.
  • Holistic Counseling for Health and Well-being. In H.L. Kaila and K. B. Kushal (Eds.). Towards Development with Young People, Mumbai: Himalayan Publishing House, 2003, Pages 160-177, (ISBN : 81-7866-518-2).
  • Sexual Deviations: Who’s Distress? Council of Sex Education and Parenthood (International), News & Views, January - March 1997.
  • Psychosocial Issues in Living with HIV/AIDS and the Art of Psychosocial Therapeutic Interventions, Published in XI International Conference on AIDS, Vancouver, Canada 1996.
  • The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among HIV Positive Individuals, Published in the Tenth International Conference on AIDS/STD, Organized by WHO, International AIDS Society, Japanese Foundation, Yokohama, Japan 1994.
  • with Nadkarni V.V., Social Work Response to Mental Illness and Mental Health. In: Mane P., Gandevia K.Y (Eds.), Mental Health in India, Issues & Concerns, TISS, 1993, Pages 70 –93.
  • Current Psychosocial and Behavioural Perspectives of HIV Spectrum Disease, Ph.D. Study.  From the Department of Applied Psychology, University of Mumbai. Field Practicum at the AIDS Research and Control Centre (ARCON) – a collaborative programme of the University of Texas, USA and J.J. Group of Hospitals and Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India. 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Three NGOs in West Bengal. The project funded by NACO (National AIDS Control Organization), GOI, India, 2002.
  • Bio-psycho-social Effects on Yoga Sadhakas. Project funded by Yoga Vidya Niketan, Mumbai, 2002.
  • Situational Analysis of Orderlies: Hospital Based Study, Project funded by BYL Nair Hospital and T.N. Medical College, Bombay Municipal Corporation, Mumbai, India, 2003.
  • Household Survey of Polio Affected Children in Banaskantha District, Gujarat. Project funded by Polio Foundation and Bansali Trust, Ahmedabad, 2004.
  • Cultural and Psychosocial Factors Affecting Induced Abortion in Rural and Urban Maharashtra. Project funded by Board of Research Studies, TISS, India, 2006.
  • With Bharat S. (2007). Evolving Peer Treatment Education Approaches in the Networks of PLHA in India, Project funded by Population Foundation of India, New Delhi.
  • Stigma, Discrimination and Mental Health issues of People Living with HIV/AIDS in India: Implications for Policy and Programme, Support from the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics, UK, 2009.
  • With Martin Knapp and Paul Macron (2009). Psychosis Amongst Black and Ethnic Minority Community in United Kingdom, Project funded by Personal Social Service Research Unit, London School of Economics, UK, 2009.
  • With Susan Rifkin (2010). Health Workforce Analysis, Accredited Social Health Activist, National Rural Health Mission, Government of India. Project funded by LSE-TISS Collaborative Programme.
  • Mental Health of People Living with HIV/AIDS in India: Implication for Policy and Programme. Project funded by Indian Council of Medical Research, GOI, 2011. 
  • National Health System in Transition for India: Physical and Human Resources. Project funded by Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and World Health Organisation, 2014. 
  • Concurrent Evaluation of Mitanin (ASHA) Programme in the State of Chhattisgarh. Project funded by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Chhattisgarh and European Commission State Partnership Programme (ECSPP), 2015.
  • World Justice Project. Rule of Law Index 2015 (Contributor). ISBN: 978-0-9882846-9-2, 978-0-9964094-0-7, Washington, DC. 
  • World Justice Project. Rule of Law Index 2016 (Contributor). ISBN: 978-0-9882846-0-6, 978-0-9882846-0-9, Washington, DC.
  • With George Leibowitz (2016). HIV/AIDS and Mental Health in India, Stony Brook University, New York, USA (Book Writing Project). 

Since 1989 he has been teaching several courses such as Global Health Care Delivery, Foundation of Social Care Policies, Public Mental Health, Current Issues in Health Policy, Community Health, Holistic Health Counselling, Organizational Behavior, Social Case Work, Therapeutic Work with Individual, Groups, and Families, Social Service in Hospitals, Advanced Psychiatric Seminar, Human resource management, Social research, Sexuality, Reproductive health, Yoga, Training technology etc. mainly at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and as a visiting faculty to various universities, Govt. agencies, and Non Governmental Organizations in India and abroad.

Email: dshankar[at]tiss[dot]edu

Shankar Das, Ph.D.

Professor and Former Chair

Centre for Health Policy, Planning & Management

School of Health Systems Studies,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

(A Deemed University)

Mumbai - 400 088, India

Contact No. 91-22-25525532 (Office) Mobile: 00-91-9320101874, 00-91-7718015447

Email: dshankar@tiss.edu,  shankardass07@gmail.com