IGDC Member Spotlight - Sangeeta Chattoo
The IGDC would like to formally welcome Dr. Sangeeta Chattoo, who joined us in August 2018!
Sangeeta is a medical-anthropologist and an Associate Professor/ Senior Research Fellow within the Department of Health Sciences. She obtained her BA in Sociology, Economics and Music from the University of Kashmir and her MA, M.Phil and PhD in Sociology from the University of Delhi. She has taught at the University of Western Australia and worked at the University of Leeds before moving to York and will move from the Department of Health Sciences into the Department of Sociology in November. Outside of the University of York, she is also the Associate Editor for the Medical Sociology section of Frontiers, Editor of Ethnicity and Health and a reviewer for a number of other journals and various funding bodies.
Sangeeta’s background is in social-anthropology. She also has a long standing interest in inequalities and health, race, ethnicity, citizenship and social policy; family, kinship, gender and caring, and ethnographic and biographical methods of research. Her research is mainly based in India and has focused on issues such as race and ethnicity, cancer, palliative care, death and sickle cell and thalassaemia.
Sangeeta is currently involved in the ESRC funded project ‘Inherited blood disorders, globalisation and the promise of genomics: an Indian case-study’. The project aims to analyse the practices and policies surrounding the treatment and ‘prevention’ of sickle cell and thalassaemia as a global health crisis; and how these relate to the experiences of people affected by these disorders in the rural, poor and ethnically marginalised, ‘tribal’ communities in India.
“I am looking forward to being part of an intellectually stimulating and friendly space to share my work more widely within the University and learn more about some of the exciting research being carried out by colleagues from other disciplines (especially politics, history, biology, economics and literature). In a fast-paced academic environment, especially in global health governance, most funders and Universities like York are expecting research to be multi-disciplinary by default. However, I strongly believe that multi-disciplinarity is a lot more than simply coming together of colleagues who contribute their own theoretical or methodological expertise to a research proposal or policy intervention. It has to do with a cross pollination of ideas, a sustained debate over time, that might allow us to think of a research question differently (to how we might have formulated it on our own), and develop methods in synergy with the scale and nature of challenges facing us in the field of global health and environment today.”
Dr. Sangeeta Chattoo