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Dr Samta Pandya

Associate Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Social Justice and Governance, School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

Ph.D. (TISS),
Postdoctoral Fellow (ICSSR)


Samta Pandya is a faculty member at the School of Social Work. Her interest areas include history of social work, social theory and social work, social work perspectives,  aging issues and political theory for critical social, work.




Research interests include social work theory and perspectives, social work praxis, faith-based organizations, volunteerism and aging issues.

(2019). Subverting patriarchy through celibacy, renunciation, and ritual performance: The kanyas of Sakori Ashram in India. The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 35 (1), 21-35. doi: 10.2979/jfemistudreli.35.1.03.

(2016). What do Highly Qualified Professionally Achieving Women do Post Retirement in India? Exploring Time Use, Leisure and Volunteering, Journal of Women and Aging, 28 (5), 431-443 ISSN 0895-2841 (Print), 1540-7322 

(2015).New Strategies of New Religious Movements: The Case of Art of Living Foundation, Sociological Bulletin, 64 (3), 287–304.

(2015). Social Work Education in India: Discussions on Indigenisation, The Indian Journal of Social Work, 76 (1), 139–158. ISSN-0019-5634.

(2014).Theory and Perspectives in Social Work. Jaipur: Rawat Publications. (Book) ISBN 978-81-316-0633-9.

(2014). Feminist Social Work: An Indian Lens, Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 29 (4), 499–511. Print ISSN: 0886-1099. Online ISSN: 1552-3020.

(2013). Beneficiaries of Social Initiatives of Indic Faith-Based Voluntary Organizations: Profiles, Service Experiences and Implications, Sage Open, 2013, 1 – 13, April – June.

(2012). All For Faith: Profiles, Engagement Chronicles and Implications of Adherents to Indic Faith Based Organisations, Sage Open, 2012, 1 – 18.

(2011). Spirituality and Social Work: Some Deliberations, Indian Journal of Social Work, 72 (1), 91 – 116

(2009). Understanding Social Theory for Social Work, Indian Journal of Social Work, 70 (3), 353 – 374.

(2008). Teaching History and Ideologies of Social Work: Some Reflections, Indian Journal of Social Work, 69 (4), 485 – 506.







Single across the lifecourse: Understanding realities of never married elderly women. Sponsored by Sarvodaya Seva Trust (completed- 2017)


Seva in the Ramakrishna Mission Movement in India. Co sponsored by Association for the Sociology of Religion (completed 2018)



Food services of faith-based Organizations- co sponsored by ASR (2018-ongoing)

Older adults, volunteer work, community service and spirituality - sponsored by Sadbhava Trust and Senior Citizens Association of Mumbai (2018- ongoing)


Inentional Communities- The Case of Aurovile - co sponsored by RRA, Waco, TX. (2019-ongoing)

Aging, art and wellbeing- sponsored by Sadbhava Trust (2019-ongoing)





History and Perspectives of Social Work 

Introduction to Social Theory 

Political Theory for Critical Social Work 

Advanced Perspectives and Praxis in Social Work 

Email: spandya[at]tiss[dot]edu