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Dr Sohini Sengupta

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Community Organisation and Development Practice , School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus, School of Research Methodology

B.Sc. (Hons.) (Delhi University),
M.A. in Social Work (Tata Institute of Social Sciences),
Ph.D. Social Anthropology (SOAS, University of London)


Sohini Sengupta has a PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, Master of Arts in Social Work from TISS, Mumbai and Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry from Miranda House, University of Delhi.

She has experience in working with grassroots organization, drought response programmes and public policy making and has worked with Oxfam and as a research fellow with the World Commission on Dams-Social Impacts Team in South Africa


Anthropology of land, Colonial history

Gender development and culture

Digital Anthropology and New Media

Poverty, welfare and Social Policy

Book Chapters

2021. 'Cyborgs or Houseelves: WhatApp Mothering in a Greater Mumbai Suburb', in M.K Jha and Pushpendra (eds). Beyond Consumption, India's New Middle Class in Neoliberal Times. Routledge. Read a pre-print version here.

2021. ‘Freedom talk of Ploughmen’: Bondage and Seasonal Migration in East-Central India, Sadan, , & Pushpendra, (Eds.). (2021). Home, Belonging and Memory in Migration: Leaving and Living (1st ed.). Routledge India. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003199120. Link to e-Book

2016. Seeking Refuge in India. Comment on the French Case Study from an Indian perspective. In B.Schwarzer, U.Kammerer-Rutten, Schleyer-Lindemann and Y.Wang (eds.)  Transnational Social Work and Social Welfare. Challenges for the Social work Profession. Routledge. Link to e-book 

2000. Reaping Scarcity: One hundred years of Drought in Orissa in Parasuraman. S and Unikrishnan P.V.(ed). The India Disasters Report. Oxford University Press and European Commission

Journal Articles

2022. Glorious Pasts of Forest Dwellers: Memories of land rights in the ex-zamindari of Borasambar, Central Provinces 1861-1905. Modern Asian Studies. Special Issue on the Adivasi. (forthcoming). 

2021. Risks and resilience: Covid-19 response and disaster management policies in India, India Review, 20(2): 121-141, (with Manish. K. Jha).Read here

2020. Enframing and Digression: Pandemic, Drought and Migrant Accounts from Western India, Policies and Practices 112, Maharnirban Calcutta Research Group, December. Read here

2020. Social Policy and State-Community Relationships: Storm over Forest Rights in India, The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 50, Issue 8: 2423-2440. (with Manish. K.Jha).Read here  

2020. Social Policy, COVID-19 and Impoverished Migrants: Challenges and Prospects in Locked Down India, in the International Journal of Community and Social Development, Vol.2, Issue 2: 152-172. (with Manish. K. Jha) Read here

2020. How to Stir Confusion Amidst a Pandemic: COVID-19 and Misinformation on WhatsApp. EPW-Engage, Economic and Political Weekly, Read here 

2019. How WhatsApp 'Truths' Thrive on Middle-Class Anxieties. EPW-engage, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.54, Issue 37.Read here 

2019. Hidden Hunger, Burdened Women: Challenges for Food and Nutrition Security Interventions, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LIV, No.19, pp.49-55 Read here

2015. ‘Wronged by Development?’ The Impasse in Development - Human Rights Debate. Journal of The National Human Rights Commission, India, NHRC, Vol.14 :311-331

2006. Book Review. David, Hall-Mathews. Peasants, Famine and the State in Colonial Western India. Journal of Agrarian Change, 6, 598-612

2001. World Commission on Dams: Democratic Means for Sustainable Ends. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.36, 21, pp. 1881-1891. (with S.Parasuraman)

2000.Political Economy of Irrigation: Tanks in Orissa, 1850-1996, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.35, No. 52/53, pp.4695 - 4700

Other Writings 

2019. 'What About Us? A Study on the Situation of Young Married Girls.' Collaborative Research with Vikalp Sansthan. Supported by American Jewish World Service. Read here  (with Shewli Kr.)Link to e-book

2019. An Income Redistribution Plan will not End Poverty.  Hindustan Times, February 12, 2019,  Retrieved from https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/an-income-redistribution-plan-will-not-end-poverty/story.html. (with Manish. K. Jha) Read here






Research study on Gender, Culture and Care work during the pandemic, Online and Offline. Supported by TISS Research Council.(2021).Initiated.

Research study on migration and forced migration induced by drought and climate change in Maharashtra. Part of researc project, Migration and Forced Migration Flows: Its European -Asian Dimension  Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, sponsored by IWM, Vienna. (2020).   

Certificate course in Social accountability and Social Audit:  For  Social Audit Resource persons from 28 states for social audit of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. (2016-19).  

Research study on Early Marriage Practice and Intervention in Rural Rajasthan in collaboration with Vikalp Sansthan-Udaipur. Sponsored by AJWS: American Jewish world Service (2019). 

Study exploring the organizational culture and gender equity in selected Central Government Ministries. The National Commission for Women (NCW). (2018) 

E-Content - Social Work Education - Social Policy. University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. (2017)

Gender Based Violence, Tribal women and Community Perceptions and Anxieties, in eastern India, sponsored by TISS-LSE VAW Research Study (2016).

Assessing the nutritional status of Tribal and Dalit Households in Koraput district of Odisha, sponsored by VSO, India and SOVA Koraput (2015). 

Non-Contributory Welfare Pensions in India. Sponsored by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2014)  

Livelihoods in Uttarakhand following Flood Disaster.  Research Funded by Tata Relief Committee (TRC). (2013) 

Gender, work and time allocation: Report based on time-use survey conducted in three districts of Vidarbha, Eastern Maharashtra. Research funded by Tata Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Project


Post-graduate MA and MPhil courses in the School of Social Work. Courses taught include Social Policy, Social Theory, Gender and Development and Ethnography.

Designed teaching module on Poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction in the online certificate course in Disaster Management jointly offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) and TISS.

Designed the online course module on Social Policy, under UGC, ePG pathshala.  

Email: sohini.sengupta[at]tiss[dot]edu