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Dr Rishita Nandagiri (she/her) is a Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine (Bioethics & Society), and the Programme Director, MSc in Bioethics and Society. Prior to joining King’s, she held postdoctoral positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 2020-2021, she was an ESRC funded postdoctoral fellow at LSE’s Department of Methodology where she worked with feminist collectives in India to co-produce visual resources on abortion and abortion care-seeking.

Rishita has previously worked with several feminist collectives and advocacy groups and has consulted for multilateral organisations including the WHO and UNFPA. Rishita serves on the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population’s panel on Abortion Research. She is also an editorial advisory board member of BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, a council member of the British Society for Population Studies, and co-convenes the Development Studies Association’s Women and Development Study Group. 


Rishita’s interdisciplinary research focuses on gender, abortion and reproductive (in)justices in the Global South. Her work is underpinned by feminist and reproductive justice approaches, interrogating how power and politics manifest and are wielded at individual, interpersonal, community, and macro levels. Her current research focuses on five interlinked themes: (i) theorising safety and risk in abortion and reproduction, (ii) reconceptualising self-managed abortion, (iii) mapping pregnant peoples’ trajectories to care, (iv) examining the roles of lay community health workers in abortion and sexual and reproductive health, and (v) analysing population policies and related interventions as forms of reproductive governance. 

Research Interests

  • Abortion
  • Reproduction
  • Reproductive (in) justice
  • Conceptualisations of safety and risk
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Visual methods 



  • 7SSHM616: Critical Bioethics
  • 7SSHM503: Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science and Health

PhD Supervision

Rishita is happy to co-supervise PhD projects related to her areas of expertise. 

Further details

See Rishita's research profile