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Dr. Anuradha Sen Mookerjee

Senior Fellow


Dr Anuradha Sen Mookerjee is a cultural sociologist with strong research interests in the ‘Ecosocial’, in the context of sustainability. She works on Urbanization and Rivers, Migration, Gender, and the Borderlands. She leads the research on River-Cities Nexus at the Institute for Human Development (IHD) and is coordinating the work on the Changing societal and material relations of Yamuna in Delhi, India. Between 2000-2010, she worked on gender and development in South Asia. In 2004, she set up UNDP India’s Community of Practice on Gender, as part of the United Nations Knowledge Management Partnership Initiative in India. She was instrumental in initiating the UNIFEM-UNODC led South Asia Anti-Trafficking Think Tank (2008-2010) that saw high-level participation and commitment from all the SAARC ( South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) member national governments, regional UN entities and civil society organizations working on anti-human trafficking in South Asia. Through 2005-2010, she represented UNIFEM at the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), a policy forum mandated by the UN General Assembly to improve coordination among UN agencies and other relevant international organizations to facilitate a comprehensive approach to preventing and combating trafficking in persons. She is a contributor to the International Framework for Action to Implement the Trafficking in Persons Protocol (UNODC, 2009). Her doctoral research from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, is an ethnography of social practices, negotiations and bordered belonging of the new citizens of the former border enclaves known as the 'Chhit Mahals' along the Bangladesh India borderlands, who were granted citizenship, following the historic exchange of the enclaves between Bangladesh and India in 2015. Her current research includes investigations of the Relationship of the Yamuna River and Delhi city, Belonging, circular labour migration and gender relations in the Sundarbans delta, and Gender and material changes in the borderlands of Meghalaya, in North-East India. Her latest publications are ‘Movement of Internal Migrants During the Covid-19 Pandemic in India: Enacting Embodied Citizenship’ (Citizenship Studies, 2022) and the essay, ‘Feeling Unsettled in the Field: Emotions and the field researcher” in The Palgrave Handbook of Social Fieldwork, Edited by Nasir Uddin & Alak Paul, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023.