Amit Thorat (email@example.com) is an assistant professor in Economics at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research includes issues of poverty, inequality, health and nutrition in general and of minority communities in India in particular. He has co-edited a book entitled Undernutrition and Public Policy in India, and contributed to research journals including World Development, Economic and Cultural Change, Canadian Journal of Agriculture Economics & Economic and Political Weekly. The India Infrastructure Report includes his research findings on Social Inequalities in Education. He has also worked on an International Labour Organisation (ILO) report and Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS) during his long association with the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER).
Sumeet Jain (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a lecturer in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. He received a Ph.D. in cultural psychiatry from University College London and degrees in social work and international development from McGill University and The University of Toronto, respectively. Current research examines the nature of local ‘innovations’ in community mental health; development of contextually grounded approaches to ‘recovery’ in north India; and the relationships between mental health, marginality and social exclusion. Sumeet is conducting long-term ethnographic research on community mental health services and policies in Uttar Pradesh state, India. He is Associate Editor, Anthropology and Medicine journal.
David Mosse (email@example.com) is a Professor of Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS University of London. Professor Mosse has published extensively on the anthropology of religion, environment and development. His research combines interests in the anthropology of development and activism, environmental history and natural resources management, in the anthropology of Christianity, South Asian society and popular religion. He is currently involved in a collaborative ESRC research project titled ‘Caste Out of Development: Civil Society Activism and Transnational Advocacy on Dalit Rights and Development’ examining the continuing significance of caste in contemporary development encounters and contentions in India.
He is author of The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India (2012), Cultivating Development (2005), and The Rule of Water (2003). Most recently, he has combined research on international development, Indian society and Dalit studies with interests in mental health and suicide prevention in India and the UK, interlinking research, local action and the shaping of policy.
Professor Mosse is a Fellow of the British Academy, and serves on the editorial boards of World Development, American Ethnologist and Journal of Development Studies, and on mental health-related voluntary and statutory bodies in the UK.
Gaurav J. Pathania (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sociologist and research assistant on this project. He holds a PhD in Sociology of Education from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research areas include student movements, and caste and regional identity issues in Indian higher education. His research articles and reviews have been published in South Asia Research, Cambridge Scholars Publishing and Economic and Political Weekly. Dr. Pathania is also a poet. He won the All India Poetry Competition 2016, and received the Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry Award 2017. His poetry collection is currently under review for publication.