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Dr Meera Gopi Chandran

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research

Ph.D. in Education, TISS Mumbai
M.A. in Sociology, Madurai Kamraj University
M.Sc. Life Sciences, Madras University

Meera Chandran is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Innovation Education and Action Research, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She teaches courses on Teacher Education and Research Methodology in the Masters in Education and Elementary Education programmes. She is the Lead, Research of Connected Learning Initiative (winner of UNESCO-King Hamad Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education-2017). Meera's current research interests include Teachers' work as social practice, Political economy of education, Teacher knowledge and identity, Comparative Education and ICT in Education.

Meera has over 15 years of experience in Social Science Research including 13 years of research experience in Education including areas of Sociology of Education, Teacher Professional Development & ICT in Education. She has about 8 years of teaching experience in Masters programmes, and has taught courses on Sociology of Education and Social Research. She has developed and conducted numerous courses in the in-service teacher development programmes.


Teachers' work as Social Practice

Comparative Education

Political Economy of Education

Teacher Knowledge & Identity

ICT in Education




Select Writings

2019 - Teacher accountability and education restructuring: An exploration of teachers’ work identities in an urban school for poor in India - [Journal Paper under review]

2018 - Political Economy of Reforms in Teacher Professionalisation and Quality – A Comparative Study of India and Indonesia. Co-authors: Padma Sarangapani & Sumana Srikant. Comparative International Education Society March 2018, Mexico City.

2016 - Digital Resources for Teachers’ Professional Learning: Some Lessons in, ed. Nawani, Disha, Sage Publications, New Delhi. [Book Chapter] ISBN: 9789351509264

2015 - Teachers’ Work and Search for Identity, A Study of State School Teachers, Annual International Conference of Comparative Education Society of India, Dec 14-16, Azim Premji University. Bangalore

2014 - Bangalore: ‘Teachers’ Work and Identity, A Case for Strengthening Knowledge Relations’, International conference on Philosophy of Education, May 12 -14, Azim Premji University, Bangalore

2014 - Breaking the Intellectual Isolation of the Teacher, E Social Sciences, pp. 24-31, http://www.esocialsciences.org/eSS_essay/science_education/science.pdf  

2012 - A Design Experiment in Whole Class Technology Integration – A Point of Entry for Teacher Professional Development. Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) 2012 Annual International Conference, Oct 10-12, University of Jammu.

2018 - Present

  • Lead, Research. Connected Learning Initiative.


  • Course Lead. Teacher Professional Development in ICT Integration, Connected Learning Initiative

2012 – 2015

  • Principal Investigator. Teacher Professional Development through Whole Class Technology Integration: A Study in 12 Government Schools in Karnataka


  • Lead Researcher.  Professional Learning Communities of Teachers – A Study on the Voluntary Teacher Forums in Rajasthan


  • Principal Investigator, Activity Based Learning - A Study among Government School Teachers in Puducherry

 2005 – 2010

  • Research Lead. Baseline study on Whole School Improvement in Low Cost Private Schools in Bangalore
  • Research Lead. Evaluation of School Safety and Sensitivity
  • Research Lead. Teachers as Reflective Practitioners
  • Research Lead. Evaluation of In-service Teacher Professional Development in Government Schools

2016 - Present

  • Teacher Education, M.A. Education, TISS
  • Research Methodology, M.A. Elementary Education, TISS
  • Teacher Professional Development, M.A. Elementary Education, TISS

2012 - 2015

  • Sociology of Education, M.A. Education, Azim Premji University
  • Advanced Social Research, M.A. Education and M.A. Development, Azim Premji University
  • Introduction to Research, M.A. Education, Azim Premji University

Workshops & Seminars:

  • Have conducted about 75 Workshops and Seminars with in service Teachers in Elementary and Secondary levels, across a variety of institutional contexts since 2005

Email: meera.chandran[at]tiss[dot]edu