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Shagufta Bhangu is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King's College London. She is a member of the Wellcome-funded project Grid Oncology : Remaking Cancer Care in India and is a part of the Culture, Medicine and Power (CMP) research group. Shagufta completed her doctoral research on the emergence of pain medicine in India from Shiv Nadar University, Delhi. In 2017-2018, she spent a year in the medical anthropology programme at UCSF and UC Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar.


Shagufta's research explores the emergence of new medical fields and imaginaries in South Asia. Based on fifteen months of ethnographic fieldwork, her doctoral research explored the medicalisation of pain, medical epistemics and practices in a milieu of dwindling state-supported healthcare, industrial labour and chronic illness in Kolkata, India. Her current project continues her ethnographic focus on medical care and patient worlds taking her to a cancer hospital in Assam.

Research interests

  • Biomedicine
  • Pain, Mind & Society
  • South Asia