Dr Indira Chakravarthi is currently collaborating with Professor Susan Fairley Murray as the research team lead from SATHI-Pune India, on a MRC-JHSRI supported collaborative research project on 'Practices, Regulation, Accountability in the private healthcare sector in Maharashtra, India' (2017-19).
Indira has a doctorate in public health from the Center for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India (CSMCH, JNU). She has also served as guest faculty at institutions such as the ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, India. As a Visiting Fellow at CSMCH, JNU, she taught on workers’ health in India. She also works with civil society organisations in health, including the People’s Health Movement (PHM), India chapter.
Indira's interests and work lie in the area of health systems and health policy, public health and social justice, and technology in medicine and public health. She was a Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi, India, where she explored the contested terrain of modern medical practice by studying the rural surgeons of India.
This included considering how doctors trained in the dominant, modern medicine stream have departed from mainstream clinical practice in urban settings, and had combined their “western” medical knowledge with locally available material and human resources to design alternative delivery models to provide appropriate, rational, low-cost technologies and effective ways of providing medical care in rural areas.