Health and Societal Challenges (Winter School 2014)

Social sciences research conducted on the topic of health aims to analyze the transformation of societies and of their environment, while examining the vulnerabilities and inequities these transformations may produce on the health and care of populations. These changes can be understood through the prism of family, of gender, of migration, and of the social environment. All these entries enable researchers to study population health and care given to individuals.

Weakened by the economic crisis and the austerity plans in both developed and developing countries, and constrained by a growing social demand, developing countries find it more and more difficult to ensure their sovereign functions, such as the financing of quality health services. In addition, although they are supported by international bodies, new ways of funding health schemes, such as the universal health care and payments based on performance, often remain at the level of political discourse and/or remains poorly evaluated. Now, with a growing pressure on them, the poorest households have yet to fulfil their duty of mutual aid and support for sick people. Therefore, not only social inequalities in the field of health become a central focus of many research projects in social science research, but health and its societal challenges become also a transversal and multidisciplinary research object. This particular theme of health has then stimulated in the recent past the development of particularly fruitful research methods in social sciences. Access to these methods for young scholars was the purpose of the first edition of the Social Science Winter School in Pondicherry.

Four international and multidisciplinary teams of experts had been constituted so as to propose to the public of students four sub-themes, with a focus on disciplinary and specific methodological aspects of research:

  • Workshop 1: Universalisation of health care: questions, methods and assessments
  • Workshop 2: Impact evaluation of public health policies and development programmes
  • Workshop 3: Analysis of health controversies in a global context
  • Workshop 4: Transformations in health and medicine. Conceptualisation and assessment in the social sciences

You can find below the detailed programme and download it here Winter School Programme 2014.





10:00-11:00         Formal Inaugural of the Social Sciences Winter School

Welcome address by Prof. T. S. Naidu, Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy

Presentation by Dr. Thanuja Mummidi (Pondicherry University), Dr. Rémy Delage (CNRS) and Dr. Christophe Jalil Nordman (IRD)

Felicitation by Dr. Pierre Grard, Director, French Institute of Pondicherry

Vote of thanks by Dr. Audrey Richard-Ferroudji, Head, Dept of Social Sciences, French Institute of Pondicherry

11:00 – 11:15

Tea/Coffee break

11:15-12:00         Plenary talk 1

V. Sujatha, Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi

Health and medicine in the 21st Century. New challenges for social science.

12:00-12:45         Plenary talk 2

Bertrand Lefebvre, University of Rouen, Faculty of Tropical Medicine of Bangkok

Universalisation of health care in India: questions, methods and assessments.

Lunch break

14:00-14:45         Plenary talk 3

Narayanan Lalitha, Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad

Regulations Governing Private Healthcare in India.

14:45-15:30         Plenary talk 4

Sumit Mazumdar, Fellow, Program coordinator at the Institute for Human Development, Delhi

Impact Evaluation of Health Programmes: Insights from a Conditional Cash Transfer Programme on Maternity Benefits in India.


Tea/Coffee break

15:45-16:30         Plenary talk 5

Guy Attewell, Associated Researcher, French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry

Thinking through the road: fracture therapeutics and the traffic of bodies, technologies, passion.


Synthesis and presentation of the organisation of methodological workshops



Workshop 1/ Universalisation of health care in India: questions, methods and assessments

Training team: Bertrand Lefebvre, Audrey Bochaton, Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, Venkat Raman, Olivier Telle

Workshop 2/ Impact evaluation of public health policies and development programmes

Training team: Christophe Jalil Nordman, Sumit Mazumdar, Flore Gubert, Camille Saint-Macary

Workshop 3/ Analysis of health controversies in a global context

Training team: Mathieu Quet, Vincent Duclos-Belanger, Marine Al Dahdah, Madhulika Banerjee, Lalitha Narayanan

Workshop 4/ Transformations in health and medicine. Conceptualisation and assessment in the social sciences

Training team: V. Sujatha, Madhu Nagla, Leena Abraham, Ritu Priya, V.R. Muraleedharan

Lunch break






Lunch break






Lunch break


Half-day break: debriefing for knowledge restitution supervised by the experts

FRIDAY 12                           FINAL DAY


Restitution by trainees (20 minutes per presentation)


Tea/Coffee break

11:30-12:30         Valedictory

Delivery of certificates

Feed back from resource persons, students and scientific committee

Vote of thanks

Lunch break


Visit of Pondicherry


Cocktail dinner at IFP

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Asian Studies (2014, October 3). Health and Societal Challenges (Winter School 2014). SOCIAL SCIENCES WINTER SCHOOLS IN SOUTH ASIA. Retrieved May 18, 2024, from

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