Dr. Tannistha Samanta

Tannistha Samanta is an Assistant Professor at the department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN), India. Samanta received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012. Samanta specializes in blending both quantitative and interpretive approaches to study intergenerational relationships, health, social capital and aging focusing primarily on India. Apart from her academic work, she has worked on diverse social policy issues (e.g. evaluation of government policies associated to aging, reproductive health and education) of developing countries as an intern/consultant to international think-tanks in the U.S and India. She has published in leading journals including Journals of Gerontology: Series B Social Sciences and Journal of Aging & Social Policy. Currently, she is editing an anthology- Bridging the Gap: Theory and Research in Social Gerontology (Oxford University Press, 2015)- that weaves together cross-national evidence and addresses the “data rich, theory poor” dimension of social gerontological research. She is a recipient of several international awards (Population Reference Bureau Policy Fellowship, RAND Summer Fellowship, Brown International Advanced Research Institutes) and research grants (Indian Council of Social Science Research, United Nations and Government of Gujarat) for her work on social gerontology.

Dr. Robert Alexander Innes

Robert Alexander Innes is a Plains Cree member of Cowessess First Nation and an assistant professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD at the University of Arizona in the American Indian Studies Program. Prior to his appointment in Saskatchewan, Robert was the Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University. He completed his M.A. at the University of Saskatchewan in Native Studies and his B.A. at the University of Toronto. His current research interests are in Indigenous masculinities and development issues. He has served as editor of the Native Studies Review and has published articles in American Indian Quarterly, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and Western Policy Analyst, as well as many articles in edited anthologies. He has published one book Elder Brother and the Law of the People: Contemporary Kinship and Cowessess First Nation (University of Manitoba Press, 2013) and has just completed co-editing Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration to be published by University of Manitoba Press.

Jason Disano

Jason Disano is the Director of the Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. Jason joined the SSRL in 2011 with over 10 years of progressive research management and leadership experience. In his position, Jason provides leadership, technical expertise, direction and functional support to the SSRL to ensure the smooth and efficient operations of the facilities. Seeking out and leveraging internal and external research support and opportunities, Jason helps to ensure the optimal utilization of the SSRL through effective communications and promotional strategies, the development and implementation of operating policies and procedures, and ongoing impact assessment analysis and reporting. Jason also provides methodological support and guidance to faculty, staff and students seeking to utilize the facilities and supervises SSRL operational staff. Prior to joining the SSRL, Jason held a number of positions in the public- and private-sectors, most recently as a program evaluation and impact assessment consultant. He has also held positions with national and provincial NGOs, including the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Jason presently holds an MA and a BSc.

Dr. Lachlan McWilliams

Dr. Lachlan McWilliams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a registered clinical psychologist. His teaching has focused on topics relevant to clinical psychology, such as psychopathology, psychotherapy, and health psychology. Dr. McWilliams’ current research is primarily aimed at understanding interpersonal factors involved in the development and maintenance of chronic pain. This line of research has been supported by operating grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. McWilliams has had a wide range of other research interests including personality and psychopathology, psychometrics, anxiety disorders, and insomnia. Aside from his attachment research, he is best known for his epidemiological studies regarding associations between pain conditions and psychiatric disorders. His research has been cited more than 2000 times and has been published in high impact journals such as Pain, Health Psychology, and the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

Dr. David J. Parkinson

Trained at three Canadian universities and having received the PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto, David Parkinson has been a member of faculty at the University of Saskatchewan for thirty years. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Leipzig and is an Adjunct Professor of Tianjin Normal University. From the Students' Union of the University of Saskatchewan, he has received an award for teaching. He has played administrative roles, including the Directorship of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity and the Vice-Deanship of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. His research has to do with cultural strategies in Scotland in times of political and religious change. He is increasingly involved in collaborative research, as in his edited volume James VI and I, Scotland and Literature: Tides of Change, 1567-1625 (Leuven: Peeters, 2013). To the Summer Institute David Parkinson brings interests in effective teaching, academic communication, collaborative research, and building interdisciplinary research communities.

Dr. Lisa Vargo

Lisa Vargo is Professor of English and head of Department at the University of Saskatchewan. Her BA is from Mount Holyoke College and her MA and PhD are from the University of Toronto. A specialist in British Romanticism, she is the editor of two works by Mary Shelley with Broadview Press and Pickering and Chatto and an edition of Thomas Love Peacock’s Nightmare Abbey with Broadview Press. She has published essays and book chapters on the Byron-Shelley circle and on women writers of late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and is co-editor with Allison Muri of a Romantic Circles electronic edition of Anna Barbauld’s Poems 1773. Her most recent published essay is on depictions of the moose in late eighteenth-century England, she has a book chapter forthcoming on decadent poet Mathilde Blind, and serves as associate editor (North America) for the U.K. scholarly journal Women’s Writing. The winner of a teaching award from the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union, she has been a visiting lecturer at the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland) and has three times held visiting fellowships at the University of Durham (U.K.). She has for many years been active as a volunteer tutor and board member in the field of adult literacy and for this work has received a Saskatchewan Literacy Award of Merit, a Canada Post Literacy Award and the University of Saskatchewan award for Outreach and Engagement. She currently serves on the board for the annual Word on the Street Literary Festival in Saskatoon. To the Summer Institute she brings interests in working with archives, the digital humanities, service learning and community engagement, working with collegial processes such as tenure and promotion, mentorship, and effective academic writing.

Dr. Kalowatie Deonandan

Kalowatie Deonandan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan who specializes in International Relations and Comparative Politics of Developing Societies. She has written on such themes as democratic transitions corruption and development, with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Her current projects deal with resource development and its implications for host communities, particularly indigenous communities. Her publications include two co-edited volumes: Revolutionary Movements to Political Parties: Case Studies from Latin America and Africa (Palgrave, 2007), and Undoing Democracy: The Politics of Electoral Caudillismo in Nicaragua (Lexington Books, 2004) Recent articles include , “Why Democracy and the Free Market are Good for Caudillos: The Nicaraguan Case,” in Re-Mapping of the Americas, eds., Julian Rea Castro, Andy Knight and Hamid Ghani (Ashgate Publishing, 2014), and “The Emerging Economies and Caribbean Economic Development: The Case of Guyana’s Megaprojects,” in The Contemporary Caribbean: Issues and Challenges, eds. Raymond Izarali and Priti Singh (Shipra Publications, 2013). She has forthcoming an article entitled “Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Anti-Mining Movement in Guatemala: The Role of Political Opportunities and Message Framing,” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Vol. 40, No 2, June 2015). Her current project is a co-edited volume on extractive industry development in Latin America.

Dr. Malavika Subramanyam

Malavika Subramanyam is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN), India. Malavika has a background in Community medicine (M.D. from Manipal University in 2000) and a doctoral degree in public health from Harvard University (2009) with a specialization in social epidemiology. Malavika examines the impact of social factors on health, particularly psychosocial factors such as relative deprivation and John Henryism as well as socioeconomic factors at the individual and macro levels. Using mainly quantitative methods she studies nutrition outcomes such as undernutrition, obesity, diabetes and related risk factors. Malavika has recently ventured into rigorous theory-based impact evaluation of health and social interventions. In addition to health Malavika has slowly begun to work on her keen interest in education. She has published in PLoS Medicine, PLoS ONE, Social Science & Medicine, International Journal of Epidemiology and other leading journals. Malavika enjoys teaching research methods, particularly multilevel modeling. She is currently leading an impact evaluation of a health intervention in rural North India.

Dr. Shivakumar Jolad

Shivakumar Jolad is an Assistant Professor in the discipline of Physics at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN), India. Jolad received his PhD in Physics and doctoral minor in Demography from Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA. Jolad has worked on spatial demography, maternal and child health care utilization and computational epidemiology with focus on vector borne diseases. He is currently working on baseline health, education and livelihood survey in Palaj and Basan villages in Gandhinagar, district. Apart from academic work, Jolad has worked with several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) such as PHM (People’s Health Movement)-India, AID-India and Pratham on projects related to public health and elementary education. He has worked on impact evaluation of projects such as Eureka Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP) and Pratham Open School Education (POSE).

Sugandhi del Canto

Sugandhi del Canto (nee Wickremarachchi) is a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan within the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. Her thesis work focuses on the measures and perceptions of Saskatoon’s built food environment, with particular attention paid to how mothers access healthy food for their families. Her other research interests include the experiences of immigrants in Canada and community development. She completed her B.A. at McGill University, majoring in International Development Studies. She is a board member of the Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN) and recently co-wrote the Women and Health chapter for a shadow report on Canada's implementation of the Beijing Declaration (Progress on Women's Rights: Missing in Action). Prior to graduate school, Sugandhi worked in the field of HIV and hepatitis C for a number of years, in roles ranging from project management and event coordination, to health education, advocacy and policy analysis. You can find her, at any given time, knitting furiously in order to survive another Prairie winter.

Dr. Raywat Deonandan

Raywat Deonandan is an Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor with the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Formerly the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Canadian federal government on the topic of assisted human reproduction, his research foci are the ethics of international reproductive medical tourism, health education among remote communities in the global South, and the use of social media and other emerging electronic data sources for disease surveillance. He is an award-winning, bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, including textbooks on global health theory, the use of population health indicators, and general population epidemiology. Deonandan writes a regular column with the Huffington Post Canada, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics. He is also the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, and newly a Senior Editor with the journal, Advances in Medical Ethics. In 2000, Deonandan was awarded the national book award of the nation of Guyana, and in 2014 received the Outstanding International Reporting award from New American Media for his article on international gestational surrogacy. Visit him online at www.deonandan.com

Invited Speakers

Gautam Patel

Gautam Patel is a Project Manager (Policy) at J-PAL South Asia where he works on scaling-up programs based on evidence from J-PAL randomized evaluations and works on institutionalizing evidence-based policymaking. Prior to joining J-PAL South Asia (2013), he worked in research and management positions for governments in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Oxfordshire. Gautam holds a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007) and a Masters in Biochemistry from Oxford University (2003).

S. Irudaya Rajan

S. Irudaya Rajan is the Chair Professor of Ministry of Indian Overseas Affairs (MOIA) Research Unit on International Migration at the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India. He is instrumental in the creation of the unit supported by the MIOA since 2006 which is considered as the pivotal centre in migration studies in India. He has authored, co-authored and edited about twenty books on migration and published numerous articles on the social, economic and demographic facets of migration. He has thirty years of research experience in Kerala; has coordinated seven major migration surveys (1998, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013) in Kerala (with Professor K C Zachariah), Goa migration survey 2008, Tamil Nadu Migration Survey, 2015 and also instrumental in conducting the Punjab Migration Survey 2010 and Gujarat Migration Survey 2012. He had projects on international migration with European Commission, International Labour Organization, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, International Organization of Migration, United Nations Fund for Population Activities, Migrant Forum in Asia, India Centre for Migration and Rockefeller Foundation, Governments of Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. He is editor of the Annual Series India Migration Report since 2010 and editor-in- Chief of Migration and Development Journal since 2012.

Subharati Ghosh

Subharati Ghosh is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining this position, Dr. Ghosh was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA. Her work focuses on the life-course impacts of parenting a child with developmental disabilities and severe mental illnesses. She is primarily interested in studying how long term caregiving affects the physical, social, psychological and economic wellbeing of families both in the USA and India. Currently Dr. Ghosh in collaboration with her colleague in the USA, is pursuing similar issues in the context of India. She uses both primary and secondary data to understand issues around family caregiving for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Ghosh completed her doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Social Work, USA, and holds an MSW degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.

Shamika Ravi

Shamika Ravi is a Fellow of Development Economics and Global Economy & Development at Brookings Institution, India. She also serves as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Indian School of Business and as a Faculty Affiliate at the Financial Access Initiative of New York University. She is part of the Enforcement Directorate of Microfinance Institutions Network in India and has served as a director on boards of several microfinance institutions. Dr Ravi has a PhD in Economics from New York University (2006); Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (1998) and BA (H) Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. Dr Ravi specializes in development Economics with a focus on gender inequality, democracy, and financial inclusion. She has been studying topics including corruption, health, farmer suicides, entrepreneurship, impact of technology on development and impact of an innovative asset transfer program on welfare and poverty of ultra poor households. She has published in leading journals & magazines including Journal of Development Economics, Economic and Political Weekly etc. She is currently collaborating with microfinance institutions, commercial banks and NGOs to understand role of financial literacy, disentangle credit contracts, product design of financial instruments. She is also working with government departments and using the National Sample Survey (NSSO) data of India to study various aspects of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

Dr. Dileep Mavalankar

Dr. Dileep Mavalankar has been heading the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar as its Director since 2012. He received an MBBS and MD in Preventive and Social Medicine from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, and MPH and Dr. P.H from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, USA. His work experience includes faculty and research positions in NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA, Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA. He has also worked as consultant to many national and international agencies. He is actively involved in research focused on improving health care management and quality of care. Dr. Mavalankar has achieved various honours &awards and was also appointed by the Prime Minister to the high level Missions Steering Group of the National Rural Health Mission constituted by the Government of India in 2005. He is the Chair of Technical Working Group on Maternal Health by Government of India and is a member of the Steering Group on Health for the 12th Five year Plan of the Planning Commission of India.

Dr. Tara Nair

Dr. Tara Nair- Having acquired MPhil and PhD degrees in Applied Economics and Economics respectively from the Jawaharlal University, New Delhi (through the Centre for Development Studies) Tara Nair worked on the faculty of academic institutions like the Institute of Rural Management, Anand and Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad. She also headed research at the Friends of Women’s World Banking (India) during 2007-09. She joined the Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad in 2009, where she currently is a Professor. Tara’s research spans areas like rural and micro finance, livelihoods, human development, gender and entrepreneurship, and innovation-institution interface. She has undertaken primary research across Indian states and countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar, and consulted many national and international programmes/ organisations. Her papers have appeared in several academic journals and books. She co-authored the Inclusive Finance India Report 2014 (Oxford University Press, 2015) and India State of the Sector Report Microfinance 2013 (Sage Publications, 2014) and edited Microfinance in India: Approaches, Outcomes, Challenges (Routledge, 2015).