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Prof Sivakami Muthusamy

Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Health and Social Sciences, School of Health Systems Studies
Qualification

M.A.,
Ph.D. (Bharathiar University)

Sivakami Muthusamy is Professor in the School of Health Systems Studies (SHSS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Since June 2015, she is also the Chairperson of the Centre for Health and Social Sciences, one of the four centres in SHSS. Prior to joining TISS, she was Associate Professor and Assistant Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. Sivakami joined TISS in 2010 as Associate Professor.

Sivakami teaches Quantitative Research Methods, Population and Health in Transitional and Developing Societies and Gender, Health and Human Rights to postgraduate students of Public Health, Health Adminsitration and Hospital Administration from SHSS. She also teaches Gender and Health to pre-doctoral students of SHSS.

Sivakami broadly works in the area of Demography, Gender and Health. She was trained as a quantitative researcher and has vast experience in conducting large scale surveys like GATS, NFHS and DLHS. Over a period of time, she has also gained experience in conducting qualitative research studies. More recently, most of her research involves a mixed methodology approach. She has published widely in peer reviewed national and international journals such as BMJ Open, Journal of Biosocial Science, Asian Population Studies, Health Transition Review, Economic and Political Weekly, Demography India and Sociological Bulletin. 

She has received research grants from major national and international funding organisations including the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNFPA, UNICEF and ICMR amongst others. Sivakami was awarded the "Linnaeus-Palme Fellowship" in 2015 to visit Karolinska Institute, Sweden. She was also awarded a “Global Spotlight International Research Seed Grant” in 2014 from the University of Minnesota, USA. Sivakami was a recipient of the Dr. C. Chandrasekaran Award in 2000 for the best paper (titled “Does Maternal Employment Influence Child Care and Morbidity?  Evidence from Poor Populations”) presented by a young demographer at the Millennium Conference on Population Development and Environmental Nexus (XXIII Annual Conference of the IASP held at New Delhi).

Sivakami has a Ph.D in Population Studies from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. The title of her Ph.D work was “Mother’s Work Participation and Child Health: A Study in Poor Localities in Tamil Nadu, India”.

Sivakami's broad research area includes Demography, Gender and Health. Her specific research areas of interest include Migration, Vulnerability and Access to Health Care; Sexual and Reproductive Health including Menarche and Menstrual Hygiene; Maternal and Child Health; Issues around Childlessness and Menopause; Health Consequences of Gender Based Violence; Impact of Programs and Polices Related to Women and Children. 

Journal articles and chapters in books (since 2010)

  1. Thappa, Poornima and Sivakami M. Lost in Transition: Menstrual Experiences of Intellectually Disabled School-going Adolescents in Delhi, India. Waterlines. Accepted
  2. Ler Peggy, Sivakami M and Monarrez-Espino, Joel. Prevalence and Factors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence Among Young Women Aged 15 to 24 Years in India – A Social-ecological Approach. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Accepted.

  3. Adihyan S, Sivakami M and Jacob J. Positive and Negative Impacts on Caregivers of Children with Intellectual Disability. Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development. Accepted.

  4. Babu B V, Kusuma Y S, Sivakami M, et al. 2017. Living Conditions of Internal Labor Migrants: A Nationwide Study in 13 Indian Cities. Inernational Journal of Migration and Border Studies. Vol. 3 (4).

  5. Gawde, NC, Sivakami M and Babu, BV. 2016Utilisation of Maternal Health Services Among Internal Migrants in Mumbai, India. Journal of Biosocial Sciences, Vol. 48 (6).

  6. Gupta, Amrita and Sivakami M. 2016. Health and Healthcare Seeking Behaviour Among Transgender in Mumbai: Beyond the Paradigm of HIV/AIDS. Social Science Spectrum, Vol. 2 (1).

  7. van Eijk AM, Sivakami M, Thakkar MB, et al. 2016. Menstrual Hygiene Management Among Adolescent Girls in India: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. BMJ Open, Vol. 6 (3).

  8. Behera, D, Sivakami M, and Behera, M R. 2015. Menarche and Menstruation in Rural Adolescent Girls in Maharashtra: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Health Management, Vol. 17 (4).

  9. Gawde, NC, Sivakami, M and Babu, BV. 2015. Building Partnership to Improve Migrants’ Access to Healthcare in Mumbai. Frontiers in Public Health, 3:255. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00255.

  10. Pati, Ashalata and Sivakami, M. 2015. Mothers’ Hygiene Behaviour and Beliefs About Diarrhoea: A Case Study of a District in Eastern India. Social Science Spectrum, Vol. 1 (1).

  11. Singh, Vanita and Sivakami, M. 2014. Menopause: Midlife Experiences of Low Socio-economic Strata Women in Haryana. Sociological Bulletin, Vol. 63 (2).

  12. Sivakami, M. 2011. Does Utilisation of Maternal Health Care Services Vary Across Regions in Karnataka? Evidence from the District Level Household Survey, 2002-2004. In S C Gulati (Eds). Population, Health and Human Resources in India's Development. Academic Foundation, New Delhi.

  13. Sivakami, M. 2010. Are Working Mothers in South India Investing Less Time in the Next Generation? Asian Population Studies, Vol 6 (1). 

 

 

Book Published 

  1. Syamala, T.S and Sivakami, M. (2011) Menopause: An Emerging Issue in India. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH and Co. Germany.

Current Projects

  1. Global Adult Tobacco Survey (India 2) (with Prof. T Sundararaman, Dr. Priyanka Dixit, Dr. Nilesh D Gawde, Dr. Hemal Shroff and Dr. V Gowri)
    • Funding: MoHFW, Government of India, WHO and CDC Foundation
    • Involvement in the project: One of the team memeber.
    • Duration: From January 2016 to April 2017

 Completed Projects at TISS, Mumbai 

  1. Review of Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools in India (with Prof. Harshad Thakur and Dr. Narendra Kakede)

    • Funding: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Liverpool, UK
    • Involvement in the project: Co-Principal Investigator.
    • Duration: From February 2015 to June 2016.
  2. Migration, Vulnerability and Access to health Care in Mumbai Metro City (with Dr. Nilesh C. Gawde).
    • Duration: From July 2011-June 2015, (three years).
    • Funding: Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi.
    • Involvement in the project: Principal Investigator
  3. Reversing Son Preference: A Study of Contributory Factors (along with Researchers in Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE)).
    • Duration: From Nov 2012 to Sep 2014.
    • Funding: UNFPA (Through GIPE)
    • Involvement in the project: One of the Lead Researchers

 

Projects completed in the past at Population Research Center, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore between 2002-May 2010 

Involvement in Large Scale Surveys as a team  

  1. District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS) II: Karnataka and Kerala
    • Duration: From Jan 2002-2004
    • Funding: International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai
    • Involvement in the project:
      1. Faculty in charge for field work in Kerala (along with Prof. KNM Raju, PI)
      2. Faculty in charge for report writing for seven districts (along with Prof. KNM Raju, PI) 
  1. National Family Health Survey (NFHS)- III: Karnataka (2005-2006)
  • Duration: From Jan 2004-2005
  • Funding: International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai
  • Involvement in the project: Faculty in charge for Data Management (along with Prof. K S James, PI)

 

Completed Project as PI and Co-PI at Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore between 2002-May 2010 

  1. The Impact of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) on Maternal and Child Healthcare in India
    • Duration: From January 2008-May 2009 (One year).
    • Funding: Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.
    • Involvement in the project: Principal Investigator 
  1. Determinant of Maternal Health Care Service in Karnataka: A Regional Analysis.
    • Duration: From Nov 2006 -April 2008 (One year eight months).
    • Funding: Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.
    • Involvement in the project: Principal Investigator 
  1. Functioning of Ultrasound Sonography Centres in Karnataka, India (with Dr. T.S. Syamala).
    • Duration: From June 2004 to May 2005, (One year).
    • Funding: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi
    • Involvement in the project: Principal Investigator 
  1. Menopause: An Emerging Issue in India (with Dr. T.S Syamala).
    • Duration: From January 2003 to August 2004 (One year eight months).
    • Funding: Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.
    • Involvement in the project: Co-Principal Investigator 
  1. Pilot Project on Maternal Mortality in Karnataka (with Dr. T.S. Syamala)
    • Duration: From January 2003 to August 2003 (Eight months).
    • Funding: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi
    • Involvement in the project: Co-Principal Investigator

 

  • For Post-Graduate students 
    • Research Methodology-Quantitative Methods
    • Health and Population in Transitional and Developing Societies
    • Gender, Health and Rights 
  • For Mphil/Ph.D students
    • Gender and Health

Email: sivakami[at]tiss[dot]edu