The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
In my current position, I am continuing to build on the research I conducted towards my DPhil. Currently, I am writing a book based on my thesis, and have collaborated with two other scholars towards a project on Histories of Urban Emotions in South Asia.
I picked ODID for my doctoral work because of the breadth of inter-disciplinary potential it offered. During my time at ODID, I was supervised by a historian and took History of Gender courses, while also engaging with anthropologists and human geographers to develop my project on gender and space in postcolonial South India.
ODID’s definition of ‘development’ is very broad, accommodating both more traditional projects on economic development and state-making, as well as projects like my own where I looked at the colonial and postcolonial project of moral development through a study of women’s colleges in Chennai.
Taking this forward, I am currently also planning my second research project on childhood in Francophone Pondicherry.
I picked ODID for my doctoral work because of the breadth of inter-disciplinary potential it offered.