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Rishita Nandagiri

Dr Rishita Nandagiri

Lecturer in Global Health & Social Medicine

Research interests

  • Biomedical and life sciences
  • Ethics
  • Sociology

Pronouns

she/her

Biography

Dr Rishita Nandagiri is a Lecturer in Global Health & Social Medicine, and Deputy Programme Director, MSc in Global Health, Social Justice and Public Policy.

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 Scientific Panel on Abortion Research, and is a council member of the British Society for Population Studies. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research 

  • Abortion
  • Reproduction
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • Qualitative Methods

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 recent work has included critiquing medico-legal approaches to self-managed abortion, examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on abortion access, and (re) conceptualising “safety” and “risk” in abortion and reproduction.

Teaching

PhD Supervision

Rishita currently co-supervises (with Dr Michelle Pentecost and Dr Silvia Camporesi) Caitlin Gardiner. Rishita is happy to co-supervise PhD projects related to her areas of expertise.

Further details

See Rishita's research profile

    Research

    Reproduction research cluster logo
    Reproduction Research Cluster

    Our interdisciplinary group examines the complex social, cultural, and political dimensions of reproduction.

    News

    The importance of decolonising sexual reproductive healthcare

    The latest episode of WORLD: we got this speaks with Dr Annabel Sowemimo about her PhD research looking at reproductive justice.

    Abortion protest in New York

    Events

    20JunStudents in class

    CaféTheoria Workshop 8: The Field and the Fieldworker

    CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

    07MayStudents lecture

    CaféTheoria Workshop 5: Stuart Hall with Professor Yasmin Gunaratnam

    CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    07Maystudents in seminar

    CaféTheoria Workshop 6: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels with Dr Lucia Pradella

    CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    02Maypolitics of potential

    Book launch: The Politics of Potential

    The Politics of Potential examines how new scientific understandings of the developmental origins of health and disease constitute new forms of...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    12MarStudents in class

    CaféTheoria Workshop 3: Talal Asad with Dr Angie Heo

    CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    15Febzika book1

    Book launch: 'Viruses and Reproductive Injustice: Zika in Brazil'

    Launch of a book by Professor Ilana Löwy, exploring health disparities and reproductive injustice revealed by the Zika outbreak in Brazil.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    14FebWorkshops

    CaféTheoria Workshop 2: Ludwik Fleck with Professor Ilana Löwy

    CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    15NovTongue – Self Managed Abortion after Dobbs v Jackson - pill image

    ESRC Festival of Social Science: What's in an abortion?

    Event for anyone who supports abortion and abortion-seekers, is curious about learning more, and is keen to contribute to abortion stigma-busting.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    13OctIAA Workshop

    CaféTheoria Workshop 1: Michel Foucault with Professor Carlo Caduff

    First part of an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories, and engage peers and colleagues in lively...

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      Reproduction research cluster logo
      Reproduction Research Cluster

      Our interdisciplinary group examines the complex social, cultural, and political dimensions of reproduction.

      News

      The importance of decolonising sexual reproductive healthcare

      The latest episode of WORLD: we got this speaks with Dr Annabel Sowemimo about her PhD research looking at reproductive justice.

      Abortion protest in New York

      Events

      20JunStudents in class

      CaféTheoria Workshop 8: The Field and the Fieldworker

      CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

      07MayStudents lecture

      CaféTheoria Workshop 5: Stuart Hall with Professor Yasmin Gunaratnam

      CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      07Maystudents in seminar

      CaféTheoria Workshop 6: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels with Dr Lucia Pradella

      CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      02Maypolitics of potential

      Book launch: The Politics of Potential

      The Politics of Potential examines how new scientific understandings of the developmental origins of health and disease constitute new forms of...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      12MarStudents in class

      CaféTheoria Workshop 3: Talal Asad with Dr Angie Heo

      CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      15Febzika book1

      Book launch: 'Viruses and Reproductive Injustice: Zika in Brazil'

      Launch of a book by Professor Ilana Löwy, exploring health disparities and reproductive injustice revealed by the Zika outbreak in Brazil.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      14FebWorkshops

      CaféTheoria Workshop 2: Ludwik Fleck with Professor Ilana Löwy

      CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      15NovTongue – Self Managed Abortion after Dobbs v Jackson - pill image

      ESRC Festival of Social Science: What's in an abortion?

      Event for anyone who supports abortion and abortion-seekers, is curious about learning more, and is keen to contribute to abortion stigma-busting.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      13OctIAA Workshop

      CaféTheoria Workshop 1: Michel Foucault with Professor Carlo Caduff

      First part of an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories, and engage peers and colleagues in lively...

      Please note: this event has passed.