About Me

The Climate Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems TWG will bring together experts in health systems, preparedness, climate change mitigation/ adaptation, and the affected communities to promote policy-relevant action-orientated research and practice. This will support the development and implementation of evidence-based strategies that strengthen climate resilience within health systems.


Feb 2019-Current

Research Communication and Advocacy; Client: Norwegien University of Life Sciences (NMBU) (reporting line to Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex;
Project: Transformation as Praxis: Exploring Socially Just and Trans-disciplinary Pathways to Sustainability in Marginal Environments (TAPESTRY)


Project Description:

TAPESTRY focuses on how transformation may arise from ‘below’ in marginal environments through hybrid alliances between resource dependent communities, civil society organizations (CSOs), scientists and occasionally state agencies. The project is a part of a multi-country (United Kingdom, Norway, Japan, Bangladesh and India) consortium funded by Belmont Forum. The project is being implemented in one of the climate change hotspot-the India & Bangladesh Sundarbans, Mumbai, Kutch. 

July 2019 – current

Community Based Participatory Action Research Audio-visual methods; Client: Institute of Development Studies, Sussex;
Project: Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience (PASTRES)

Project output: seeingpastoralism.org

Project description:

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a research project that aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty. The project seeks to apply such ‘lessons from the margins’ to global challenges in other domains, including financial systems, infrastructure management, disease outbreaks, climate change, mobility and migration, and conflict and security.

April 2020 – current

Advocacy Consultant; Client: IDS Sussex

Project: Anticipating Futures: Forecasting and Climate Preparedness for Co-located Hazards in India (ANTICIPATE) ANTICIPATE examines how different actors forecast and prepare for co-located hazards under conditions of climatic uncertainty, and whether and how these practices can be integrated for building preparedness.


February 2011 – till date

Policy Influence Research Uptake; Client: Future Health Systems – IIHMR University (reporting line to IDS, Sussex and JHU, Bloomberg);
Project :
Future Health Systems

Project description:

Future Health Systems (FHS) is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor. The project funded by Department of International Development, UK, is a partnership of leading research institutes from across the globe working in a variety of contexts to build resilient health systems for the future in Bangladesh, Uganda, China, India, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ethiopia. In India, in its decade long research in Indian Sundarbans, the project focuses on systematic understanding of the multidimensional nature of crisis in child healthcare access in delta region of the Sundarbans and facilitates the uptake of the evidence in State Health Policy.

June 2015 – December 2018

Communication, Documentation and Advocacy; Client: Norwegien University of Life Sciences (NMBU) (reporting line to IDS, Sussex)
Project: Climate Change, Uncertainty and Social Transformation

Project description:

The study builds on growing social science and qualitative approaches to understand the nature, discourses, impacts and responses to climate change in relation to community’s health, livelihood and shelter. The project is funded by Norwegian Research Council and has its study sites in three places in India-Kutch in Gujarat; Mumbai and Sundarbans in West Bengal.

January 2013 – January 2016

Communication; Client: STEPS Centre; Project: Uncertainty from Below 

Project Description:

To bridge the gap in the perceptions of those who theorize about climate change and uncertainty from ‘above’, those who experience it from ‘below’, as well as those in the ‘middle’ who act as intermediaries between the two. The project conceptualizes ‘above’ as the ‘experts’ who provide the ‘official’ accredited expertise. ‘Below’ is represented by local people and their largely ‘experiential’ knowledge rooted in everyday practices and the ‘middle’, who acts as the interface between the ‘above’ and the ‘below’, and of course, there are usually overlaps between the three. The project was funded by STEPS centre, Institute of Development studies, University of Sussex under the aegis of Economic and Social Research Council, UK.

May 2009 – January 2011

State Coordinator; Client: Centre for Advocacy & Research; Project: Capacity Building of Women advocates and legal support

January 2007 – March 2009

State Advocacy Consultant; Client: Dept of WBDoHFW-GOPA EPOS;
Project: Advocacy of KfW funded Basic Health Project