Ph.D. Students

Economics

Saif Ali
(Economics PhD student)
January 2018 – Present

Email: saifa@iiitd.ac.in
Supervisor: Dr. Gaurav Arora

Saif Ali is a transplant to academics from the Silicon Valley where he worked in the 3D graphics industry for 10 years. He studied computer science and engineering at Arizona State University (M.S), and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (B.Tech). His current research interests are in computational methods for economics, information design, interactive learning environments and the ethics of computing technology. Saif is currently working on problems relating to optimal groundwater management for the Indo-Gangetic river basin. Saif spends his spare time learning the Arabic language and calligraphy.

Anshika
(Economics PhD student)

Email: anshikai@iiitd.ac.in
Supervisor: Dr. Souvik Dutta

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Delhi and have done my Master’s in Economics from Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi. My research interests lie broadly in the areas of industrial organisation, labour markets, political economy and development economics. Additionally I like to engage on issues related to public policy, health and nutrition and other challenges confronting developing countries like India. I spend my spare time reading novels, quilling and doing craft work.

Sociology/Anthropology

Manta Wangsu
(Sociology PhD student)

Email: mantaw@iiitd.ac.in
Supervisor: Dr. Gayatri Nair

I completed my M.A. Social Work in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) , Guwahati and Bachelors of Social Work(BSW) from Don Bosco College , Maram ,Manipur University . My post graduate dissertation is titled " Climate Variability and Livelihood Vulnerability: An Exploratory Study in a Wancho Village of Arunachal Pradesh". I qualified the UGC - NET and JRF in June ,2019. My broad research interests include: Livelihoods, Climate Change, Informal Economy and Labour , Rural - Urban Migration, Sustainable Development, Ecology and Society, Social Entrepreneurship, Northeastern Studies.

Shivangi Patel
(Sociology PhD student)

Email: shivangip@iiitd.ac.in
Supervisor: Dr. Paro Mishra

Shivangi Patel is a UGC-NET qualified PhD scholar in Social Sciences and Humanities department of IIITD. She is interested in research areas of Gender, Political Participation and Empowerment. Shivangi holds a M.Phil. degree in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, where she worked on "Conceptions and Measures of Women Empowerment in specific reference to political reservation for women in Panchayati Raj" as her research topic. She is a post graduate from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in sociology itself and she is graduated from Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University, Uttar Pradesh. She has presented research papers in few National and International seminars and attended various conferences as well. Shivangi has won many titles in national and state level debate competitions. She likes to dance, paint and socialize in her spare time.

Shiva Singh
(Sociology PhD student)

Email: shivas@iiitd.ac.in
Supervisor: Dr. Gayatri Nair

I completed my bachelors in Economics from the Delhi University and then worked in a multinational bank for 1.5 years. Soon disenchanted by the corporate life, I got back to academics and finished a Masters degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. My master’s thesis explored the politics of caste associations in an urban space. My current research interests include gender, informal labour and labour movements, which also forms the subject of my doctoral thesis. Apart from my research interests, I take pleasure in reading, writing poetry and other forms of literature.

Shruthy Harilal
(Sociology PhD student)

Email: shruthyh@iiitd.ac.in
Supervisor: Dr. Shireen Mirza

I completed my Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. My Bachelors dissertation explored the possibilities of ‘Sacred grove as a site of ‘Traditional’ culture and ecology’. I did my Masters degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. And the Masters thesis explored the possibilities of Caste, Modernity and the State on the discourses around Theyyam as a ritualistic performance and art in Kerala. I have qualified UGC NET in Women Studies this December. My current research interests include Labour and Ritual Practices, Caste, Gender, Informal Labour, Environment and Gender & Media.

Sonu Bagri
(Sociology PhD student)

Email: sonub@iiitd.ac.in
Supervisor: Dr. Smriti Singh

Sonu Bagri is a first year Ph.D. Scholar in Humanities and Social Sciences Department in IIIT- Delhi. She qualified UGC-NET JRF in December 2019. Her main Research centers on " Casteism and Dalit Women" . She hold the Master's degree from Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Sagar and investigated a better understanding of "Rural Livelihood Survey of Patharia Jatt ( Sagar M.P.): A Social Geographic Study", and also in the context of "Social-Economic and Land use survey of Village Patqui ( Sagar, M.P.)

Vani Vats
(Sociology PhD student)

Email: vaniv@iiitd.ac.in
Supervisor: Dr. Smriti Singh

Vani Shri Vats has completed her graduation degree from Miranda House college, University of Delhi (2018)with first division. She was the recipient of Professor Savitri G. Burman Awards of Excellence for excellence in academics and extra curriculars (2016), and the Best NCC cadet award, Miranda House in (2017). She completed her post graduate degree (M.A. Sociology) from the Department of sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia (2020) and received the University rank holder's scholarship. She got an AIR 28 in UPSC Combined Defence Services exam (2019) and qualified UGC- JRF with a percentile score of 99.3 (June, 2019). Her post graduate dissertation thesis was 'Rethinking urban community: A conceptual exploration of community in Dwarka, Delhi'. Her current research area is based on Urban Sociology and she is also interested in working on interstices of various social science disciplines. In her free time,she plays sports, reads and maintains a blog.