Divya Ravindranath


Divya Ravindranath has a PhD in Social Work from the Brown School, Washington University in St Louis. Her doctoral work studied maternal health and child malnutrition among migrant households engaged in construction work. In this ethnographic work, she conducted field work at construction sites in the city of Ahmedabad to study workers’ experiences and perceptions of maternal and child health status, households’ ability to access healthcare and also examined policy gaps. Her current research work focuses on the intersection of informal labour, gender and urban health. In particular, she is interested in studying breastfeeding practices, access to antenatal and postpartum care, occupational health hazards and health inequity among workers undertaking informal work. 

In the past, after attaining a master’s degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Divya worked with several not-for-profit organizations in various parts of urban and rural India. This work has been centered around issues of common pool resources, urban infrastructure and livelihoods. Most recently, Divya has been a visiting faculty at CEPT, Ahmedabad, where she taught qualitative research methods to masters and doctoral students.

Divya describes her PEAK Urban research