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I am Kaveri Haritas, a feminist anthropologist interested in economic anthropology, legal anthropology, urban poverty and caste and identity politics in India. I am presently Assistant Professor at the Jindal Global University, School of Government and Public Policy. I have a multi disciplinary background : I studied law at the University Law College Bangalore and spent my student years between classes and the High Court of Karnataka. I worked for some time with the then Advocate General of Karnataka A. N. Jayaram, during which working on a few National Human Rights Commission cases I developed an interest in rights & development issues. I worked briefly with the World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department and then went on to work with Indira Jaising at the Lawyers Collective in Delhi on women’s rights issues. I worked with the UNICEF along with Dr. Shekhar Seshadri a psychiatrist and activist, on the Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children, and prepared a research tool for prevalence data on violence. After working with the UNICEF, CEE/CIS in Geneva, I began my masters education at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (GIIDS) where I benefitted from a Canton of Geneva scholarship. I began my PhD at the GIIDS with a generous doctoral salary and research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. and under the guidance of Prof. Isabelle Milbert and Dr. Christine Verschuur. My doctoral thesis ‘Mobilisations of urban poor women in Bangalore, India: an intersectional analysis’ (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) is based on ethnographic research conducted in slum rehabilitation sites in west Bangalore and focuses on the dynamics of women’s mobilisations and their status and roles in urban poor organizations and movements for access to urban resources such as housing, water, sanitation and other services.


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