2014 – Biodata of the trainers

Leena Abraham is Professor at the Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her areas of interest include sociology of education, gender issues, education and development, sociology of knowledge, and sociology of Indigenous/Indian systems of medicine. She conducts research on Ayurvedic education in India.

Guy Attewell is a is a researcher in the history and anthropology of health and medicine at the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), where he coordinates the programme MESH (Medicine Environment Societies Health) in the Social Sciences Dept. His first degree was in Arabic and Linguistics (SOAS, London), followed by an MA in Historical Studies of the Renaissance (Warburg Institute, London) and a PhD at SOAS in South Asian History. He had since held positions as a fellow and a lecturer at Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, London. His first book, Refiguring Unani Tibb: Plural Healing in Late Colonial India (Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan) came out in 2007. He is currently working on a monograph on substances, recipes and products in use and circulation in India (1800-2000). He is also doing research for a project for the programme Margins/Thresholds: Health Practices, Resources and Governance in India (2013-2018). From October 2011 to June 2012 he managed a project at the IFP on health and the lived environment in a slum settlement of Pondicherry, with partners in Manchester University.

Marine AL Dahdah is a research fellow (IRD, CEPED and CSI, Ecole des Mines). She is working upon Information and Communication Technologies applied to health in India and in Ghana. Her research mixes sociology of science and technology with sociology of health. She has been teaching upon issues of communication and technology in health at the Universities Paris 5 and Paris 8.

Madhulika Banerjee is associate professor of political sciences, at the University of Delhi. She has published widely on various issues in policy in Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals in India, in various journals including Economic and Political Weekly and Contributions to Indian Sociology. She has authored Power, Knowledge, Medicine: Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals at Home and in the World and edited (with manisha Priyam and Krishna Menon) Human Rights: Gender and the Environment. 

Audrey Bochaton, health geographer, works as an assistant professor at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense. Her research mainly focuses on transnational mobility, health and care. She received her PhD in Human Geography in 2009 from the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense on cross-border movements related to health along the Lao-Thai border (The rise of a transnational healthcare paradigm: Thai hospitals at the crossroads of new patient flows, European journal of transnational studies, 2013; Cross-border mobility and social networks: Laotians seeking medical treatment along the Thai border, Social Science & Medicine, 2014). She also worked in the field of medical tourism in Thailand with Bertrand Lefebvre (The rebirth of the hospital: heterotopia and medical tourism in Asia on Tour: Exploring the rise of Asian tourism, Tim Winter, Peggy Teo, T.C. Chang, London, Routledge, 2008 – Interviewing elites. Perspectives from medical tourism sector in India and in Thailand, Fieldwork in Tourism: Methods, Issues and Reflections, Michael Hall (ed.), Routledge, 2010). Her current researches focus on the circulation of traditional medicine among the Hmong Diaspora between Laos, US and France (The commoditisation of therapeutic knowledge among diasporas’ populations: the case of the Hmong in Lao PDR, in Mobility and Heritage in Northern Thailand and Laos: Past and Present, Olivier Evrard, Dominique Guillaud and Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, 2013); and on illicit circulation of pharmaceuticals in South-East Asia.

Vincent Duclos is a Fernand Braudel research fellow at the Anthropology and Global Health Chair of the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. He is also a Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at the Université de Montréal. His research explores the transformation of global health under the influence of information and communication technologies, with special emphasis on emergent forms of medical care delivery and of population health management. He has conducted fieldwork in India and Africa. 

Flore Gubert is a research fellow at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), currently at DIAL, an IRD – University Paris-Dauphine research centre in Paris. She received a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Clermont-Ferrand. Her research focuses on migration issues in Western Africa, with a focus on the impact of migration on development. She has also participated to several impact evaluation assessments in Madagascar. She currently is the Deputy Director of DIAL.

Bertrand Lefebvre (UMR IDEES CNRS, University of Rouen) has been researching health services and dengue epidemics in India and Thailand for the past ten years. He has focused in particular on the rise of new private healthcare networks in India and the impact of PPP in the distribution of hospital services in Delhi. He is presently a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Tropical Medicine of Bangkok in the frame of the DENFREE program (FP7-EU), studying the local diffusion of dengue epidemics in Bangkok. A specialist of GIS and spatial analysis, he is a consultant for international organisations.

Sumit Mazumdar is a trained demographer, with a major in Economics. He currently works as a Fellow at the Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi where he coordinates the Population Health Nutrition (PHN – RP) Research Programme. He primarily works on issues related to economics of health and health care, particularly on social health determinants for chronic diseases, and health service delivery models. His research interests span empirical issues in development economics related to shocks and welfare outcomes, and impact evaluations of development interventions. Under the PHN-RP, Sumit is involved in conceptualizing, designing and execution of research studies concerning the broad themes of health systems strengthening, child under nutrition and health & nutrition service delivery models. He has worked in field-level studies in West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, and has instructed training programmes on quantitative techniques of research and data analysis.

Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay is a specialist of Micro-Econometric methods applied to topics relating to Health, Education and Labour in developing countries. These involve estimation using cross-sectional (NSSO, NFHS) and longitudinal data (YLS, LSMS).

V.R. Muraleedharan is Professor of Economics (since 2000), Indian Institute of Technology (Madras); Teaching at IIT Madras since July 1988. Currently he engaged in a five-year comparative research project on health economics and financing, funded by DFID (London), as part of a Consortium of 10 institutions (from India, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand and South Africa), directed by Professor Kara Hanson of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Phase I of this project concluded by 2010. The Indian study was conducted in Tamil Nadu and Orissa (visit www.lshtm.crehs.ac.uk for details). Phase II of this project, which commenced in July 2011, will conclude by 2016.   

Madhu Nagla is professor, Department of Sociology, M.D. University, Rohtak, Haryana. She obtained her Ph.D. in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has received national and International fellowships. She specializes in Sociology of Health and medicine and Gender Studies. Her writings include Sociology of Medical profession, Doctor patient Relationship, Gender Inequality and Health Care. Her recent publications include Sociology of Health (Volume Editor), Sociology of Health and Medicine (ICSSR Volume-2), and Gender and Health.

Lalitha Narayanan began her career at GIDR in 1994. Trained in Economics, her research focuses on issues around globalization, trade and development. In tracing the impact of globalization, she concentrates on issues related to intellectual property rights in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. She focuses on both modern pharmaceuticals (including biopharma) and traditional systems of medicine (Siddha). She had written in refereed books and journals on issues related to both patented and generic medicines.

Christophe Jalil Nordman is a research fellow at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), currently at DIAL, an IRD – University Paris-Dauphine research centre in Paris. He received a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research focuses on the functioning of labour markets in developing countries, including the formation of earnings, human and social capital, discrimination, the informal sector and household vulnerability, and the employment consequences of migration.

Ritu Priya is Professor at the Centre of Social Medicine & Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A medical graduate with a Ph.D. in Community Health, her work links epidemiology, political economy, popular culture, and health systems research for decentralized planning, policy formulation and analysis. It has been specifically focused on an eco-social epidemiological approach to urban health, health of marginalised groups, problems of nutrition and communicable diseases. Besides articles in leading journals and books on a wide range of subjects including assessment of health technologies and programmes for their appropriateness in diverse contexts, she has co-edited a volume titled ‘Dialogue on AIDS: Perspectives for the Indian Context’. She was Advisor (Public Health Planning) with the National Health Systems Resource Centre, a technical support institution under the National Rural Health Mission for two years, and has been member of Task Forces of the Planning Commission, the Department of AYUSH, and the National AIDS Control Organisation.

Mathieu Quet holds a PhD in communication sciences. He is research fellow at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD, CEPED). His research deals with the controversies raised by the securitization of pharmaceutical markets in India and in Kenya. He mixes communication sciences and Science and Technology Studies. He has been teaching upon the interactions between science, medicine and society since 2005 in multiple universities (Marne la Vallée, Sorbonne, Paris 5, Paris 7).                            

Venkat Raman has over ten years of teaching experience in HR and Health Services Management. He is actively engaged in research, training, and consultancy in HRD, and on Health Sector Reform issues.

Camille Saint-Macary is a research fellow at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) since 2012, currently at DIAL, an IRD – University Paris-Dauphine research centre in Paris. Her research focuses on impact evaluations and the microeconomic analysis of rural institutions in developing countries. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and a Master degree from CERDI (Centre of Study and Research on International Development), Université d’Auvergne, France.

Sujatha is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She specializes in sociology of knowledge and sociology of health and medicine. Among other writings, her book, Health by the People: Sociology of Medical Lore (2003), focuses on the relation between medical knowledge of the ordinary people and that of the expert physicians of traditional medicine in south India. The edited volume, Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India (2012), (co-editor Leena Abraham) presents essays that examine the enduring presence of medical systems like ayurveda, siddha, unani and other local health traditions in contemporary India, with a detailed introduction on their entry into the institutions of nation state and the market since the 20th Century. Her monograph, Sociology of health and medicine New Perspectives (2014) brings medical pluralism into the heart of the social theory of health and medicine, that hitherto has been labouring under the assumption of medicine in the singular, namely, western bio medicine. Sujatha has completed a UGC-DAAD research project on ayurvedic institutions and practices in Europe. She is currently the Co-ordinator of the Global Studies Programme at JNU, an intercultural postgraduate programme involving participating institutions from 5 continents that has seen students from 60 different countries of the world in the past decade.

Olivier Telle is a research fellow at the Laboratory for Genetics of Human Response to Infection, Institut Pasteur (Paris). He holds a MA and a PhD in geography (University of Rouen) followed by a post-doctoral stay at Institut Pasteur (3 years, 2001-2014). He has been working on the diffusion of dengue in Delhi since 2007. His work examines disparities in the spatial epidemiology of the disease in the Indian capital and other metropolitan areas. It focuses on urban dynamics, taking the disease as a revealer of environmental disparities but also as an indicator of the social and economic evolutions of a territory. Ultimately this work aims to show how the combination of actors and phenomena are responsible for the emergence and perpetuation of the disease in urban settings.

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