Nandini Ghosh

Assistant Professor

PhD in Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 2008
Room No. 502B
Office telephone
+91 33 2321 3120/21 (Extension No. 61)
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Areas of interest:
Gender studies, Disability studies, Qualitative Research Methodology


Books Published

  • The Violent Domestic: Law, Its Practice, and Strategies of Survival (Jointly with Supurna Banerjee, Madhurima Mukhopadhyay and Ruchira Goswami), Zubaan Books, March 2023.
  • Impaired Bodies, Gendered Lives: Everyday Realities of Disabled Women, New Delhi: Primus Publishers, 2016

Books Edited

  • Caste and Gender in Contemporary India: Power, Privilege and Politics, (Jointly with Supurna Banerjee), New Delhi: Routledge, 2019
  • Interrogating Disability in India: Theory and Practice, Springer, 2016
  • Pratyaha: Everyday Lifeworld: Dilemmas, Negotiations and Conflicts, (Jointly with Prasanta Ray), New Delhi: Primus, 2016.

Articles in Journals

  • Tata Group and Business Response to Disability (1951-1992) Medical Interventions, Rehabilitation and Livelihood (Jointly with Sanjukta Choudhury Kaul), Journal of Management History, June 2023
  • Citizenship, Rights and Persons with Disabilities in India, Samaj, Vol 28, 2022
  • CBR Practice and Inclusion: Persons with Disabilities in North East India, Disability’, CBR & Inclusive Development, 2022: 32(4), pp.114–133.
  • Fragmented Realities of the Pandemic: The Multiple Marginalities of Disabled People in India in Rohit Dasgupta, Paul Boyce and Niharika Banerjea (eds) COVID Assemblages: Queer and Feminist Ethnographies from South Asia, Routledge India, 2022.
  • “Cross Disability” in India: On the Limits of Disability as a Category and the Work of Negotiating Impairments, co-authored with Michele Friedner and Deepa Palaniappan, SAMAJ, April 2018.
  • ‘Too Much or Too Little: Paradoxes of Disability and Care Work in India’, (Jointly with Supurna Banerjee), Review of Disability Studies, September 2017.
  • Anxieties of Dis/Ability: Reflections on Gendered Realities in the Journal of Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University, March 2013
  • Disabled People’s Organizations in India: Empirical Realities from the Grassroots in Disability and International Development Issue 3, 2012
  • Doing Feminist Ethnography: Exploring Lives of Disabled Women in Indian Anthropologist, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2012
  • ‘Socialised into (Dis)Ability: Experiences of Disabled Children in India’, in Sanjay Prasad, Deepa Sonpal and Suman Vaishnav(eds.) Empowering Children with Disabilities, Ocean Books 2017.
  • ‘Sites of oppression: Dominant ideologies and women with disabilities in India’, in Tom Shakespeare (ed) Disability Research Today: International Perspectives, UK: Routledge, 2015.
  • Using Qualitative methods in Disability Research, in edited Volume titled Qualitative Research in Public Health in India, to be published by Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar (Article Accepted).
  • Feminist Ethnography: Exploring Lives of Disabled Women in volume on Exploring Disability in Social Science Research, to be published by Centre for Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Article Accepted).
  • Embodied Experiences: Being Female and Disabled, Economic and Political Weekly, Review of Women’s Studies, Volume 45, Number 17, April 24 – 30, 2010.
  • Disability Policy and Action in India: A critical review, International Journal of Disability Studies, Vol. 2 Number 2, December 2006.

Chapters in Books/Reports

  • Processes of Shaming: The Limits of Disability Policy in India, in Zoya Hasan, Aziz Huq, Martha C. Nussbaum, and Vidhu Verma (eds) The Empire of Disgust: Prejudice, Discrimination, and Policy in India and the U.S., OUP India 2018.
  • Socialised into (Dis)Ability: Experiences of Disabled Children in India, in Sanjay Prasad, Deepa Sonpal and Suman Vaishnav (eds) Empowering Children with Disabilities Ocean Books, New Delhi 2017.
  • Politics of Embodiment: Women with Disabilities in Bengal, in Navaneeta Rath and Gautam Majumdar (eds) Women in Indian Politics, Mittal Publications, New Delhi 2016.
  • Disabled People’s Organisations: Assertions and Angsts, in Nandini Ghosh (ed) Interrogating Disability in India: Theory and Practice, Springer, New Delhi 2016.
  • ‘Girls with Disabilities in India: Living Contradictions of Care and Negation in India’ (Jointly with Supurna Banerjee), in Kalpana Kannabiran & Asha Hans (eds.) Social Development Report 2016 – Disability Rights Perspectives, New Delhi: OUP, 2016
  • Negotiating Femininity: Lived Experiences of Women with Locomotor Disabilities in Bengal, in edited volume Interrogating Disability in India: Theory and Practice, Springer, 2016.
  • Bhalo Meye: Cultural Construction of Gender and Disability in Bengal, in edited Volume titled Emerging Paradigm of Disability Studies: Perspectives and Challenges from India, to be published by Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi and Routledge India, January 2012.
  • Women with Disabilities, in the Country Report for the United Nations’ Convention for Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of Government of India and NALSAR, Hyderabad.


  • A Study of the Disability Movement in India: Trajectory, Tensions, Future Funded by: Rabindranath Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies; 2011-12.
  • A Study of the Barriers to re-entry of ex-prisoners into Society: Focus on employer attitudes and factors precipitating/protective against recidivism. Funded by: Rabindranath Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies; 2014-16.
  • Status of Girls with Disabilities in India- in collaboration with Dr. Supurna Banerjee, IDSK. Funded by Council for Social Development Hyderabad; 2015 –2016.
  • Re-Conceptualizing Domestic Violence: Shifting Discourses within the Women’s Movement in India – PI along with co-PI Dr. Supurna Banerjee, IDSK and Ruchira Goswami, NUJS. Funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research; 2016-2018.


  • Engaged in teaching Qualitative Research methods and Sociology as part of the M Phil. in Development Studies curriculum and guided students in M Phil dissertation in IDSK.


  • Power, Rights and Welfare: Debates around the provisions of the RPD Act presented at a two-day National Conference on State, Society and Disability Law in India: Challenges for Rights-based Approach Conference at Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad, on 31st January and 1st February, 2018
  • Fashioning Selves: Femininity, Sexuality and Disabled Women in India presented at the ICSSR Eastern Regional Centre sponsored National Conference Rethinking Marginality: Conjunctions & Contradictions organised by Women’s Studies Centre, Department of Human Rights and Human Development and B.R. Ambedkar Studies Centre of Rabindra Bharati University from 29th to 31st March, 2017.
  • Disability Activism at the Grassroots presented at the National Conference Imaging the Differently Abled: Reading and Translating the Indian Short Story organised by the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of English, Jadavpur University, 18-20 January 2017
  • Socio-economic impact of education at the National Seminar on Disability & Education: A Socio-legal Approach organized by the Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governance, and Public Policy (CRSGPP) at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS) on 29th & 30th November 2016.
  • Contradictory Discourses on Disability: Dialogues and Debates within State and Society in India at the Bilateral Conference on “The Process to Modernize the Local Governance: Comparison between China and India” organised by School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China November 4-6, 2016.
  • ‘Good’ Girl: Femininity, Sexuality and Disabled Women in India at the Disability, Arts and Health Conference organized by Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health in collaboration with The Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, The University of Bergen, Norway from September 1–2, 2016.
  • Manipulating (Dis)Trust: Income/Work Experiences of Disabled People at the Gender, Work & Organization, 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 29th June-1st July, Keele University, UK.
  • Disability and Gender: Engaging Intersectionality in India presented at Panel Discussion: Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies: Perspectives from the Margins at the Ten day workshop on Feminist Research Methodologies: Cultural Politics, Identities and Gender, 6-17 April 2016 jointly organized by School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University & Sachetana.
  • Disability, Dissent and the State in India presented at the Seminar on Democracy, Diversity and Dissent: India’s Millennial Powerscape Department of Political Science University of Calcutta on 15 March, 2016.
  • Enmeshed in Relationships: Women with Disabilities in Bengal at the two day National Seminar on Perception and Portrayal of Women with Disabilities: Remapping their Identity organized by Departments of Education, Human Rights and Journalism & Mass Communication on December 1 & 2, 2015 at Loreto College, Kolkata.
  • Negotiating (Dis)Trust: Employees with Disabilities in Bengal at the Three day Economic Sociology conference on Trust in Transactions at Institute of Development Studies Kolkata from November 16-18, 2015.
  • Inclusion of Disability within Polices on Women at the National Commission for Women sponsored National Seminar on Women and Disabilities: Triumphs & Challenges at Centre for Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Calcutta on July 9 – 10, 2015.
  • Politics of Embodiment: Women with Disabilities in Bengal at the UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Women and Politics in India: 1913 – 2013 organized by Lalbaba College, Belur, Howrah with the Women’s Studies Centre, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, on 26th and 27th November, 2014.
  • Constructing Deviance: Gendered/Disabled Bodies at the National Seminar on Unfamiliar Margins in the Social organized by Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad on 14th and 15th October 2014.
  • Status of Women with Disabilities in India – An Overview at the Workshop on Gender Based Violence Prevention – Mainstreaming Concerns of Women and Girls with Disabilities organized by Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) and Swayam in association with Women Enabled, Inc. USA and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) on 18th January 2014 in Kolkata.
  • Engendering Disability Studies presented at National Conference on Disability Studies, Gender and Subjectivity organised by Indian Association of Women Studies and Ambedkar University in New Delhi on 31st August 2013.
  • Anxieties of Dis/Ability: Gendered Reflections presented at National Seminar on Insecurities organised by Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University on 4th March 2013.
  • Gender and Disability: Ideology and Representation presented at the seminar Dignity in Disability: Women in Focus organised by Jadavpur University and National Institute for Orthopaedically Handicapped on 10th December 2012.
  • Challenging Gender Ideologies through CBR presented at the CBR World Congress held at Agra from 27th to 29th November 2012.
  • Supporting sexuality and reproductive rights at community level: Experiences from Bengal presented at the Post Congress Workshop Going Beyond the Taboos in CBR organized jointly by AIFO/ITALY in collaboration with WHO/DAR, Global CBR Network, IDDC & DPI-AP in November 2012.
  • Higher education oriented towards employment opportunities for female students with special needs presented at the seminar Higher Education for Persons with Special needs – Looking through the Gender Lens organised by the Xavier’s Centre for gender Studies and the Department of Sociology, St. Xavier’s College on 15th September 2012.
  • Disability and livelihood: Gendered reflections at the Capacity Building Workshop on “Action Research on Disability, Poverty and Livelihoods” organized by UNESCAP on 16-18 January 2012 in Bangkok.
  • The Politics of Disability: Some Reflections at the National Annual Conference on Disability, organized by the Equal Opportunities Cell, University of Delhi (March 3-5, 2011).
  • Gender and Disability in India at the Community Based Rehabilitation India Network Annual Conference, in New Delhi (December 10-11, 2010).
  • Disabled Adolescents: issues and concerns at UGC National Seminar on Perceived Psycho-Socio-Cultural Problems and Adjustments among Adolescents: A Rural and urban Contexts, at Department of Psychology, Basanti Devi College, (December 8, 2010).
  • Disability and Census: The need to be counted at a seminar on Getting Women and Girls with Disabilities counted in Census 2011, organized by Association for Women with Disabilities, at Seva Kendra, in Kolkata (May 21, 2010).
  • Embodying Gender: Disabled Women in Bengal at the Ninth Women in Asia Conference, at University of Queensland, in Australia (September-October, 2008).
  • Bhalo Meye: Cultural construction of gender and disability in Bengal at Conference on Disability, Gender and Society: Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges, organized by Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi (August, 2008).
  • The Status of Women with Disabilities in 10 districts of West Bengal, in a study conducted by Sanchar, a leading NGO in West Bengal working on issues related to disability, (2006-07).
  • Sexuality and Women with Disabilities (jointly with Jeeja Ghosh) at the National Dialogue: Women, Health and Development, in Mumbai, (November 23-25, 2006).
  • Developing positive attitudes towards People with Disabilities at a seminar organized by the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of West Bengal (June, 2000).