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Prof Surinder Jaswal

Professor , Deputy Director , Mumbai Campus

Dean - School of Research Methodology
Centre for Health and Mental Health , School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

M.A. (TISS),
Ph.D. (London)

Surinder Jaswal, Deputy Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

Prof. Jaswal is also the Associate Editor of the Indian Journal of Social Work (IJSW) and Professor of Social Work at the Centre of Health and Mental Health, School of Social Work. She is a Social Work Educator and Public Health Researcher focusing on inequality and human development issues in health and mental health. She has researched extensively and has several publications in the area of public health and mental health with focus on health inequity, women’s health and disasters and social work education. She has initiated and anchored several field action projects on community health, women’s health and disasters. She is on the board and steering committees of several scientific and ethics committees of universities and organizations.

Surinder Jaswal has a doctorate in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, London University.


Health and development, community health, primary health (including mental health) care, women’s health, public health policy, HIV and development, health and ethnic conflict, disasters and qualitative research methods in health research

  • Jaswal S. and Pandya S. (Eds) (2015). Social Work Education: International Perspectives (special issue) in Indian Journal of Social.
  • Santha S, Jaswal S, Sasidevan D, Datta K, Khan A and Kuruvilla A. (2015). Climate Change, Livelihoods and Health Inequities: A Study on the Vulnerability of Migrant Workers in the Indian Cities, Working Paper, IIED, UK.
  • Jaswal S, Santha S, Kuruvilla A, Datta K, Sasidevan D, and Khan A. (2015). Climate change, vulnerability and adaptive social protection: Innovation and practice among migrant workers in Indian Cities Working Paper, IIED, UK.
  • Santha S, Jaswal S, Sasidevean D, Datta K, Kuruvilla A, and Khan A (2015). City adaptation strategies: Recognising livelihood struggles of migrant workers in India. Working Paper, IIED, UK.
  • Jaswal S and Melody K (2015). Doctoral Works in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai: A Contextual Analysis of Social Work Theses, Working Paper, R&D, TISS.
  • Jaswal S and Melody K. (2015). Trends in Social Work Research in (ICSSR volume). Forthcoming.
  • Jaswal S and Joseph J. (2014). Vidharba Baseline Survey of Psycho-social Well being, WP, TISS, In print
  • Jaswal S. and Joseph J. (2015). Disaster Recovery and Mental Health: The Lived Experiences of Survivors Two Years after the Indian Tsunami in Francis AP, La Rosa P, Sankaran L and Rajeev SP (Eds) in Social Work Practice in Mental Health – Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Allied Publishers, New Delhi. pp No 214-232.
  • Joseph J and Jaswal S. (2014). Beyond Traumatic Experiences and Emergency Medical Care: A Psycho-social Framework for Understanding Psychological Distress among Survivors of 26 November 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks, Journal of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Cambridge University Press. PDM-13-0128, 1-40.
  • Joseph J and Jaswal S. (2014). Women Survivors of Terror: A Strengths-based Approach to Wellbeing in Advancing Social Work in Francis A.P., Pulla V. Clark M., Mariscal E. S. and Ponnuswami I (Eds) in Mental Health through Strengths-based Practice, Primrose Hall Publishing Group, Brisbane Australia.
  • Jaswal S and Pandya S (2014). Social Work Education in India in De Kock Charlotte, Van Kerckhove Chistopher and Vens E. (Eds) in Social Work in an International Perspective – History, views, diversity and human rights, Garant Publishers, Antwerp, Belgium. pp.243-257
  • Jaswal S. and Joseph J. (2013). Psychosocial Support: Crying Need, Limited Capacity, India Disasters Report II, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
  • Jaswal S. and Goel J. (2012). “Public Sector Health Scheme for the Poor: Maharashtra’s Jeevandai Arogya Yojana” The Indian Journal of Social Work, 72(4)., 617-633, 2012.


Research Projects

  • Defining the Scope, Context and Measures of Effect of a Complex Intervention for Primary and Secondary Prevention of Gender-based Violence in India, Sponsored by UCL- Institute of Child Health and SNEHA, Mumbai, Feb, 2015.
  • Contextual Analysis of doctoral work in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Sponsored by Research Council, TISS, Mumbai, May, 2014.
  • Migration, Vulnerability and Climate Change: A Scoping Study on Adaptation to Health Inequities in Indian cities, Sponsored by IIED, London, October, 2014.
  • Developing Field Capacity for Management of Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings in the Asia Pacific Region, Sponsored by UNFPA APRO, Bangkok, March, 2013.
  • Gender, Leadership and Health Promotion in Working Life, Sponsored by Swedish International Development Agency, January, 2012.
  • Go-India, Sponsored by European Union, July, 2012.
  • Supporting Consolidation, Replication and Upscaling of Sustainable Waste Water Treatment and Re-Use Technologies, Sponsored by DST-EU, December, 2012.
  • Capturing Trajectories of Recovery: Status of 13/07 Triple Blast Survivors One Year After the Disaster, Sponsored by Taj Welfare Trust, August, 2012.
  • Departmental Research Support for Centre for Disability studies and Action, School of Social Work, Sponsored by UGC, April, 2012.
  • Departmental Research Support for Centre for Health and Mental Health, School of Social Work, Sponsored by UGC, Feb, 2011.
  • Edelgive Evaluation of Innovative Programmes for Girl Child, Sponsored by Edelgive, January 2011.
  • Root Causes of Discrimination against Girl Child, Sponsored by UNFPA, Delhi, January, 2011.

Key Action Projects

  • Thane Health Project, Field Action Project working on Urban health and development from 1989-2006. Supported by Thane Municipal Corporation.
  • Counselling and Legal Aid Center for Women in Distress, sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).2000-2006.
  • Youth Hotline and Counselling Center, sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 2000-2006.
  • AAPTI-Kolkota Chapter-AMRI Hospital fire response, sponsored by Citizens initiative Kolkota, 2012.
  • Post Tsunami Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship Development in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A Field Action Strategy through Rural Knowledge Centres. Supported by TISS. 2007-12,
  • AAPTI –Response to 13/7 Mumbai Blast-2011, Taj Welfare Trust and TISS, 2011.
  • 26/11 Terror Attack Families Rehabilitation: Psycho-social Support and Counselling Centre, Taj Welfare Trust and TISS, 2011.
  • Khula Asman, TISS, 2009 -2012.
  • North-East regional Centre, TISS, 2008-12.
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Research and Social Innovation
  • Health and Ethnic Conflict
  • Women’s Health
  • Health and Development
  • Community Health


Email: surijas[at]tiss[dot]edu