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Bio data of the Experts: Social Sciences Winter School 2016

Venkatesh Balasundaram Athreya has made a remarkable contribution to the growth of Department of Economics at Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli where he served from 1977 to 2008 when he retired. He has also held faculty positions/Fellowships/Visiting Scholarships in a number of reputed academic institutions in India and abroad. These include the University of Wisconsin and Bucknell University in the USA, Oxford University and the University of Cambridge in UK, Lund University in Sweden, the Scandinavian Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen, IIT, Chennai, MIDS, Chennai and CDS, Thiruvananthapuram. He has written over a hundred research papers including several research reports and monographs. He has authored/coauthored five books. He has been actively involved in the areas of gender, literacy and development as both planner and social activist. He has won a number of awards and honours, the most recent one being the Distinguished Achievement Award for Political Economy in the 21st Century by the World Association of Political Economy in May 2014. Continue reading Bio data of the Experts: Social Sciences Winter School 2016

Mobility and Social Dynamics – 2016

Each edition of the Winter School is based on a cross-cutting theme in the field of social sciences, taken as a guideline throughout the training workshop. For the 2016 Edition, the following theme has been chosen: “Mobility and Social Dynamics”.

See the detailed programme in Mobility and Social Dynamics 2016 Continue reading Mobility and Social Dynamics – 2016


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 Continue reading HEALTH AND SOCIETAL CHANGES – 2014