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Aruna Bhattacharya

The Expert is a seasoned academician in Medical Anthropology and Public Health. She holds more than two decades of experience in HSPR (health systems and policy research) and impact evaluation in India and South East Asia. Her interest areas are Tuberculosis (RNTCP-DOTS), and HIV/AIDS control program (NACP-III) with special emphasis on Harm Reduction Program, and COVID-19 health seeking behaviour. Her expertise lies in working with marginalized populations in slums, tribal pockets, and cut-off areas. She has a strong background in qualitative research methodologies in HSPR and utilizes both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, integrating behavioural research with epidemiology for policy analysis and creating evidence based recommendations. She mentors post-graduate and doctoral students in designing their research and offers training workshops on Qualitative Research Methodology, as well as  young adults in high schools and colleges on Diversity and Inclusion, Gender Sensitization, Social Sciences and Public Health. She is also engaged with community based organisations and mentors and supports their skill building, research grant making activities.

Aruna Bhattacharya

LGBTQ, Child abuse, Sexual abuse/assault, gender-based violence/domestic violence, forced marriage, trafficking, likelihood of homelessness or destitution, Ethnic, religious, or tribal discrimination or persecution, Healthcare Access/Health systems capacity, HIV/ AIDS


1. Towards Urban Health Equity (2021). School of Development, Azim Premji University

2. Nakkeeran, N., Jadhav, S., Bhattacharya, A., Gamit, S., Mehta, C., Purohit, P., Patel, R., Doshi, M. 2019. "Recasting Food" in CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion. 1(1), 1-16.

 3. Bhattacharya Chakravarty A, Rangan S, Dholakia Y, Rai S, Kamble S, et al. (2019)

Such a long journey: What health seeking pathways of patients with drug resistant tuberculosis in Mumbai tell us. PLOS ONE 14(1): e0209924. 3.

4. Chakravarty, AB., (2017) Adolescent Girls and their Healthy Transition to Adulthood - Some Perspectives. MOJ Women’s Health 4(2):

00083. DOI:10.15406/mojwh.2017.04.00083 4.

5. Betancourt, Theresa S., Stephanie S. Zulkowski, Arathi Ravichandran, Honora Einhorn, Nikita Arora, Aruna Bhattacharya Chakravarty, and Robert T. Brennan. 2015. “Development of the SAFE Checklist Tool for Assessing Site-Level Threatsto Child Protection: Use of Delphi Methods and Application to Two Sites in India.” PLoS ONE 10 (11): e0141222. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141222. 5.

6. Tun, W, Sarna, A, Bhattacharya, A, Apicella, L, Shashikumar, Y Lewis, D. 2014. “Characteristics of Sex Partners and Sexual Partnership Correlates of Inconsistent Condom Use Among Male Injection Drug Users In India”. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Vol 45 (4).

7. Ghosh-Jerath S, Singh A, Bhattacharya A, Ray S, Yunus S, Zodpey SP. 2013. “Dimensions of nutritional vulnerability: Assessment of women and children in Sahariya tribal community of Madhya Pradesh in India”. Indian J Public Health; 57:260-7.

8. Sarna, A, Tun, W, Bhattacharya, A, Lewis, D, Shashikumar, Y, Apicella, L. 2012. “Assessment of unsafe injection practices and sexual behaviours among male injecting drug users in two urban cities of India using respondent driven sampling”. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health; 43 a.

9. Establishment of Social Club for Adolescents living in Urban Slums: A potential tool to impart HIV/AIDS Education. Kirti Deshpande, M S Shivaswamy, Vishal Diwan, Ayesha De Costa, Aruna Bhattacharya, Vijay K Mahadik. J Indian Med Assoc 2013 May;111(5):320-3.

10. Deshpande K, Sivaswamy M, Diwan V, DeCosta A, Bhattacharya A, Mahadik V. 2008. “Setting up social Clubs for adolescents living in a slum area of Ujjain: A potential tool to impart HIV/AIDS education”. Health and Population-Perspectives and Issues Vol. 31 (3), 189-197.

11. Bhattacharya A, Dwivedi R, Nandeswar S, DeCosta A, Diwan V. 2008. “‘To weigh or not to weigh?’ Socio cultural practices affecting weighing at birth in Vidisha, India”. J. Neonat. Nurs. Vol 14 (6), 199-206.

12. Biological and behavioural aspects of HIV/AIDS’ G K Kshatriya, Aruna Bhattacharya, Mansi Gauniyal. Indian Anthropologist. Special issue on Women, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, sponsored by UNESCO, New Delhi (2005) 35: 1&2,69-82 11.

13. ‘An anthropological and haematological study of pulmonary Tuberculosis patients from Slums of Delhi’ Aruna Bhattacharya and Gautam K Kshatriya Journal of the department of Anthropology, University of Calcutta (2005) 9: 1&2, 132-140

14. Written Preface to the Report from Second Research Workshop on Gender and Tuberculosis at the Nordic School of Public Health, Goteberg, Sweden, May 8-11, 2001.

15. RCH-II Baseline report- Rajasthan Report, 2001 (IIHMR-IIPS publication)

16. Developed training manual on qualitative methodologies for ICRW training workshop for Research investigators at IIHMR, Jaipur for the

project ‘Male perspective on domestic violence against women’ in 2001.

English; Hindi; Bengali; Odia, Assamese
Ethnic groups expertise
Indian, Indian sub continent
Religious groups expertise
Hindu, Sikh, Christian , Muslim, Parsi - from Indian context
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