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Dr Meera Gopi Chandran

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education

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 Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research (CEIAR) at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). She has worked extensively in education & development sectors for nearly 20 years. She teaches masters courses in Teacher Education; Education, Development and Policy and Research Methodology. Her research interests lie in sociology and political economy of education. She is currently working on areas of social equity in urban schooling and student livelihood aspirations, ICT in education, political economy of teaching. She has led many research projects, designed and conducted numerous workshops and research seminars for professionals in the education sector.

Meera is the research lead of Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx), a multi award winning ICT based initiative and is co-PI for the government of India SPARC-CLIx project for conducting research, design workshops and develop case studies.



Sociology and Political economy of education

Teacher's work, knowledge, identities

Urban schooling and livelihoods

ICT in education

Comparative education




Select Publications

2021 - Teacher accountability and education restructuring: an exploration of teachers’ work identities in an urban school for poor in India. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/09620214.2020.1855462

2020 - Making Edtech Work for Secondray Students and their Teachers: Research findings from Connected Learning Initiative- Phase 1: Co authored techncal Report, TISS.

2020 - 'Whither the Teaching Profession? Inspecting some silences in the NEP 2020', https://thebastion.co.in/politics-and/whither-the-teaching-profession-inspecting-some-silences-in-the-nep-2020/ (Sep 26, 2020); Co-author: Padma M Sarangapani.

2020 - ‘Teachers’ Work and Identity, A Case for Strengthening Knowledge Relations’, Proceedings of the International onferences on Philosophy of Education, Azim Premji University [ISBN:9789387676732]

2019 - A Critical Reflection on the Landscape of Technology in Education: What Have
We Learnt and Where Do We Go from Here? In Connected Learning @ Scale: Positions, Policies and Partnerships; CEIAR, TISS

2018 - 'In-service Teacher Education and ICT Review of CLIx Baseline Data from the Four States' CLIx working paper; Co-author: Roy, Arundhati

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


2020 - Present

  • Co-PI SPARC - CLIx
  • Principal Investigator - Study on understanding social mobility & aspirations among urban poor students

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

  • Education Development and Policy, M.A. Education, TISS
  • 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 over 75 Workshops and Seminars with professionals in the field of education.

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