Dr. Sunita Reddy

     Name: Dr. Sunita Reddy

     Present Designation Asso. Prof. / CSMCH/SSS/JNU



    MA in anthropology (1992), PhD in (1999)

    Date of Joining JNU-     March 2004.

    Interest Areas in Disaster Studies- Social Science perspectives in Disasters, Community Resilience and Humanitarian Aid and Disasters.

    Best publications:

    • Book ‘Clash of Waves: Post Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation in A & N Islands’
    • Understanding Disasters from Anthropological Perspective: in Indian Emergency Journal, Volume VI, Issue I, March 2011
    • Medical Tourism in India: Progress or Predicament? Co-authored with Dr. Imrana Qadeer. Economic and Political Weekly, XLV no. 20, May 15, 2010.
    • Reddy and Patel (2015) ‘There are many Eggs in My bodies: Medical Markets and Commodified Bodies in India’ Global Bioethics. ISSN: 1128-7462 (Print) 1591-7398 (Online) Journal homepage: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rgbe20
    • Malene Tanderup, Sunita Reddy, Tulsi Patel, Birgitte Bruun Nielsen “Reproductive Ethics in Commercial Surrogacy: Decision-making in IVF Clinics in New Delhi, India”, BioethicalInquiry. 2 July 2015. Springer.
    • Malene Tanderup, Sunita Reddy, Tulsi Patel, Birgitte Bruun Nielsen “Informed Consent in Medical Decision-Making in Commercial Gestational Surrogacy: A Mixed Methods Study in New Delhi, India” Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica(AOGS). 2015
    • Qadeer and Reddy ‘Medical Tourism in India: Perceptions of Physicians in Tertiary Care Hospitals’ Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2013, 8:20.

     Research Experience and area of research

    Reddy, Sunita is an Associate Professor at the Center of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She has taught briefly at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and Department of Sociology, Delhi School of economics, Delhi University before joining JNU in 2004. She is an anthropologist, specialized in medical anthropology. She has researched on various issues of women and child health; breast- feeding practices, tribal women’s health, childbirth and child rearing practices among the tribes. She has researched on disaster issues from social science perspectives and published a book ‘Clash of Waves: Post tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation in Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ (2013) Indos publishers, New Delhi. This book is a based longitudinal study using anthropological research techniques. Her current area of research is ‘Medical Tourism and Reproductive Tourism’, ‘Surrogacy’ issues. She has published articles in peer reviewed journals, contributed papers for edited volumes and disseminated her research work in various universities abroad.  She delivers lectures for Indian Foreign Service probationers.

    International collaborative research experience i.e:

     UNDP/UN agencies, DfID, NORAD, International NGOs.

     UNISDR, Indo- Swiss Collaboration, Indo-Srilanka Foundation

    National collaborative research experience ie;

    DARPG, ICMR, National NGOs, ICSSR, UGC, Min. of Women and Child Development, Delhi Commission for Women, SATAT

    Core group member in formulation of various guidelines on disasters at National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi. She is a founder member of ‘Anthropos India Foundation’ a trust which promotes visual and action anthropology and has a dynamic website www.anthroposindiafoundation.com . She is also an honorary president of an organization called ‘SATAT’ which works for empowering women and children. Research Projects on migrant women workers and gender violence and safe cities are in progress supported by Ministry of Women and Child Development and Indian Council for Social Science Research.