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Faculty | Centre for Women's Development STudies
Presentation: "Disabled Families, Gender and the Political Economy of Care in India"

Renu Addlakha did her doctoral research on the psychiatric profession in India with particular reference to the treatment of women. Her areas of specialisation include the sociology of medicine, mental illness and the psychiatric profession, anthropology of infectious diseases, bioethics and disability studies. She has worked on a number of research projects supported by international agencies like the WHO, DANIDA and the MacArthur Foundation in India. Currently she is engaged in research on gender and disability at the CWDS.


  • Disability Studies in India: Global Discourses, Local Realities, edited by Renu Addlakha, Routledge, 2013
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Disability in India: Exploring the Linkages between Law, Gender and Experience Saarbrucken (Germany): LAP Lambert Academic Publishers, 2011
  • Disability and Society: A Reader. Renu Addlakha, Stuart Blume, Patrick Devlieger, Osamu Nagase and Myriam Winance (Eds) New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2009.
  • Deconstructing mental illness:An ethnography of psychiatry women and the family. New Delhi. Zubaan Books, 2008


Presentation made by Renu Addlakha in the Panel "Focus on Health Issues and Challenges of Selected 'Socially Constructed' Vulnerable Groups" at  National Conference on “Closing the Health Equity Gap in India: Transformative Research for Action” organised by Achutha Menon Centre for health Sciences Studies and Sree Chitra Tirumal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Trivandrum (Kerala, India)  during  8-11 January 2018.