Taanya Kapoor

Research Student

Born and brought up in India, Taanya is a researcher passionate about the subject of gender and women’s rights, among other development and welfare issues, especially in the context of South Asia. She has completed her M.A. and M. Phil in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, where her thesis focused on debates surrounding women’s agency and autonomy in patriarchal societies, and how democratic nation states navigate the competing questions of individual freedoms and group rights in a multicultural context.

She has volunteered with different NGOs promoting women’s rights and other welfare issues and was a teaching assistant for a postgraduate course on ‘Law and Politics in India’ at Ashoka University, New Delhi where she taught Young India Fellows. She has also worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Research where she was part of a two year long ethnographic study analysing the Delhi government’s education policies and reform efforts directed towards teaching at the right level. More recently, she worked as a consultant with the United Nations Population Fund on a qualitative sociological study studying shifts in parental attitudes towards daughters in India since the 1990s.

Currently, Taanya is also involved as a Research Assistant on the ESRC funded GendV project, based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, which explores urban transformations and changing gender relations in New Delhi and Johannesburg.

Gendered Attitudes and Social Policies: Analysing the case of Conditional Cash Transfer Schemes in...

Teaching Assistant, Law and Politics in India, Ashoka University, Delhi

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Kapoor, Taanya (with Ravinder Kaur) (2021) 'The Gendered Biopolitics of Sex Selection in India', Asian Bioethics Review 13 (1) 111-127
Kapoor, Taanya (2019) 'When Law Decides: Debating Questions of Agency and Autonomy for ‘Abducted Women', THE BEDE ATHENAEUM 10 (1) 33-46


Kapoor, Taanya (with Vincy Davis, Anupriya Singh) (2019) 'Time Allocation and Work Perception of Teachers: A look inside Delhi’s Government and Municipal schools', Report Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research

Conference papers

Kapoor, Taanya (with Ravinder Kaur) (2020) 'Reversing Gender Inequality at Birth: Can Girls’ Agency be a Crucial Factor?', Paper presented at International Conference on 'Reproduction, Demography and Cultural Anxieties in India and China in the 21st Century' Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, New Delhi
Research interests:

Gender, Development, Discrimination, Cash Transfers, Social Protection