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Dr Josephine Anthony

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Equity and Justice for Children and Families , School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

M.A. in Social Work, M.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication, M.Phil. in Social Work, Ph.D. (IIT Madras)

Josephine Anthony is currently, an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Equity and Justice for Children and Families. Her field of practice and research include Vulnerable and Marginalized Children, Researching with Children and other Vulnerable Populations, and Technology and Society. She primarily focuses on the issues of adolescent children for research and practice. Currently, she is leading 2 field action projects, namely, Improving Quality of Life and Wellbeing of Children in Childcare Institutions in Hyderabad, Government of Telangana and ‘Child Protection Fellowship’ with childcare institutions in Gaya, Government of Bihar. Josephine has lead several research projects including Educational Status of Children during Post-tsunami in Tamil Nadu, Coping Patterns of Persons with Disabilities during tsunami in Tamil Nadu, Educational Status of Children of Construction Labourers in Pune, Educational Status of Migrant Children in Pune and Delhi, Status of Women and Children among Scheduled Tribes in Rajasthan and Childcare Institutions in Hyderabad. Josephine co-led SARASWATI project for TISS, which was the task leader of Social and Institutional Evaluation of Waste Water Management, an FP7EU-India project, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. She has published in prominent international journals and chapters in book. She was a recipient of Linnaeus-Palme Fellowship and taught in Gavle University, Sweden (2014). Before joining TISS, Josephine worked for about a decade as a social work practitioner and a researcher in urban and rural Tamil Nadu in India and as an autism therapist in USA for about 3 years.

Vulnerable and Marginalised Children (with a focus on adolescents)

Technology and Society (ICT4E, ICT4D),

Social Work Research, Researching with Children and other vulnerable population, Participatory approaches.


Josephine, A and Sudarsan P., 2020. Padmanabhan Gender Equity in Education among Muslims in India, In Indian Democracy: Contradictions and Reconciliations, ed. Arvind Sivaramakrishnan and Sudarsan Padmanabhan, New Delhi: Sage publishers, distributors, 202-220.

Starkl, Markus, Josephine Anthony et al., 2018, ‘Interpreting best available technologies more flexibly: A policy perspective for municipal wastewater management in India and other developing countries’, Environmental Impact Assessment Review71, 132-141, Science Direct, Elsevierhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2018.03.002

Anthony, Josephine, 2011, “Inclusion of Information and Communication Technology in Social Work Education, Training and Practice: Analysis Based on Actor-Network Theory.” In Facets for Quality Higher Education in India, eds. Mridula Sahay and R. K. Mishra, Macmillan India: New Delhi, 199-218.

Josephine A., 2011. “Addressing gender equality in basic education through ICTs – A case study of ‘Chennai Schools’ managed by the Corporation of Chennai, Tamil Nadu” in Millennium Development Goals: The Indian Journey. Eds. R.K. Mishra and Jayasree Raveendran, Allied Publishers: New Delhi,20-31.

Josephine, Anthony and Sudarsan Padmanabhan, 2010, ‘Digital divide and equity in education: A Rawlsian analysis’ International Journal on Information Technology Case Application and Research (JITCAR), Vol. 12, Issue 4, IVY League Publications: GA, USA, December, 37-62. http://www.ivylp.com/catalog/item/6363239/8552942.htm

Thomas, Maya, Saswati Ghosh Belliappa and Josephine A., 2008. ‘Coping with tsunami: An exploratory study on persons with disability in three districts of Tamil Nadu’, UNTRS and The Office of the Commissioner for the Disabled, Government of Tamil Nadu.

Padmanabhan, Sudarsan, and Josephine A., 2010. ICT Enabled Education as a Right to Education: An Imperative, in Digital Learning, Vol.6, Iss.8, Noida, UP: Digital Learning, August, 33-36. http://issuu.com/dl_magazine/docs/dl_magazine_august_2010_issue

Josephine, A and Sudarsan P., 2009. Rawlsian perspective on socio-political equity and its ramifications on Indian education. In Equity and education in India – Policy issues and challenges, ed. D. Parimala, New Delhi: Kanishka publishers, distributors, 205-222.


Research Reports

Anthony, Josephine et al., Psychosocial Care and Wellbeing of Children in Childcare Institutions, Hyderabad: An Evaluative Study,2018, TISS, Mumbai, TASL, Hyderabad, BALM, Chennai and Department of Women, Children, Disabled and Senior Citizens, Government of Telangana

Anthony, Josephine and V Sivakumar, 2016, Education Status of Migrant Children: A Study of Children of Migrant Construction Workers from Pune and Delhi,TISS Mumbai, CSR-Sandvik Asia Pvt Ltd., Pune

S. Parasuraman, T. Rajaretnam and Josephine A. (2015), “Accessibility and Utilization of Education, Health and Nutrition Services by Tribal Women and Children in Udaipur Division of Rajasthan, TISS and Unicef, Jaipur.

Josephine A. (2015), “An Independent Evaluation of the Impact of the Project on ‘Parents’ Participation in Children’s Education”, Door Step School, Pune.


Field Action Projects

  1. Improving Quality of Life and Facilitating Psychosocial Care and Wellbeing among Children in Childcare Institutions,Government of Telangana; Sponsored by CSR, Tata Lockheed Aero-structured Ltd. Hyderabad (October2018 onwards)
  2. Child Protection Fellowship: Institutionalizing short-term and bi-annual fellowships for protecting the rights of children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protectionfor professional social workers and psychologists. Sponsored by CSR,Tata Lockheed Aero-structured Ltd. Hyderabad (January 2019 onwards)

Research Projects

  1. Situation Analysis of Observation Homes/Special Homes for Children in Conflict with Law for providing Psychosocial Care and facilitating Wellbeing,Government of Telangana; Sponsored by CSR, Tata Lockheed Aero-structured Ltd. Hyderabad (January –March 2018)
  2. SARASWATI: Supporting Consolidation, Replication and Up-scaling of Sustainable Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Technologies for IndiaIt is a EU-DST, Government of India, collaborative Projectof FP7. The Indian partners include IIT Roorkie, IIT Madras, IIT-Kharagpur and NITIE, Mumbai and MSE, Chennai. The EU partners are BOKU, Austria, BRGM, France, CENTA, Spain, UNEXE, UK and CEMDS, Austria.TISS focuses on the Social Evaluationof the Project for India. Lead the project withProf. Surinder Jaswal. (March 2014 –December 2016).
  3. UNICEF-TAD Government of Rajasthan: TISSin partnership with UNICEF, and Tribal Authority of Development, Government of Rajasthan has conducted a need assessment field survey to initiate programme for tribal development. Work with Prof S. Parasuraman, who leads the project, Prof H. Beck and Prof T. Rajaretnam.(October 2014–September 2015)
  4. Education Status of Migrant Children in Delhi and Pune:This research study was sponsored by Sandvik Asia Pvt Ltd., Pune (CSR Dept.,) (April –November 2016).
  5. An Impact study of Parents’ Participation in Children’s Education: A research study has been initiated to evaluate the impact of a project of one of the NGOs in Pune. PI of the project. (March –June 2015).

Social Group Work, Research Methods - Quantitative Research, Issues and Concerns of Children and Families in Rural India, Child and Childhood in India: Theories and Perspectives(Co-teaching), Child Rights Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation and Research for Practitioners

Email: josephine[at]tiss[dot]edu


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