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Prof Lakshmi Lingam

Professor , Mumbai campus

Dean - School of Media and Cultural Studies

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

Dr Lakshmi Lingam is Dean & Professor, School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai.

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 was a scholar on the International Visitors Leadership program of the USIA; a Fulbright New Century Scholar during 2004-5 and a Nehru-Fulbright Fellow in 2015.  Dr Lingam was an 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, Executive Committees and Academic Councils of several Indian Universities as well as a member of Technical and Ethical Advisory Boards, Internal Complaints Committees of academic, GO and 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 travelled widely within and outside the country for carrying out research, giving lectures and participating in conferences. She has published widely in national and international peer-reviewed journals and supervises several research students. 


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.


COVID-19, Physical Distancing and Social Inequalities: Are We all Really in this Together? The International Journal of Community and Social Development, 2(2), 173–190, July, 2020 (co-authored)
Smartphones, youth and moral panics: Exploring print and online media narratives in India. Mobile Media & Communication, June, 2020 (co-authored)

Social Action Committees: Community Intervention to Reduce Gender-based Violence. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 26(3), 263-287, 2019. (co-authored)

Women’s Work Participation and Maternity Protection Conundrum in India: Call for High-Priority Interventions in Rangachar Govinda and Poornima, M (Eds) India’s Social Sector and SDGs: Problems and Prospects.Routeldge, India, 2019.

Swaying between saving the environment and mitigating women’s domestic drudgery: India’s efforts at addressing clean cooking fuels. Gender, Technology and Development, Vol. 23, Issue 1, Pp. 36-54, 2019.  DOI: 10.1080/09718524.2019.1587888 (co-authored)

Publicly Funded Health Insurance Schemes (PFHIS): A Systematic and Interpretive Review of Studies: Does Gender Equity Matter? eSocial Sciences & Humanities. Vol. 1, Issue 2, September 2018 (co-authored)

Five years post Nirbhaya: Critical insights into the status of the response to sexual assault. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. Published online on March 28, 2018.

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2018.025(co‐authored)

'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.





July 2020 – June 2021 – Exploring Gendered Access to Digital Technologies among Resource Poor communities in Mumbai funded by the American Jewish World Service.

October 2019 – March 2021 – Testing and Scaling Approaches and Interventions to support Gender Transformative Work with the National Rural Livelihoods Mission funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates through Chaitanya (NGO)

May – December 2018 – Special Grant to develop a Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) titled – ‘Social Research Ethics’ for the SWAYAM platform of the University Grants Commission, Govt of India, New Delhi.

September – June 2018: Adolescent Sub-cultures and Smart Phones: Exploring the Implications on Gender, Sexuality and Rights. Funded by the UNICEF, Mumbai.

December 2015 – December 2018 – Project Lead - Andhra Pradesh University Students Employability Skill Development Programme in 100 Government Colleges across 13 districts covering nearing 8000 students.

Feb 2015 – June 2018: 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 – a 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:

Ways of Knowing: Introduction to Research Methodologies

Gender, Health and Rights

Gender: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Gender and Development Practice

Gender, Health and Public Policies

Email: lakshmil[at]tiss[dot]edu

Dr. Lakshmi Lingam,

Dean & Professor,

School of Media and Cultural Studies,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences,

903, Prof. Gore Academic Block,

Naoroji Campus, 

Deonar Village Road, 

Mumbai 400088

Email: lakshmil(at)tiss(dot)edu