Alankrita joined the PhD programme at the Department in October 2020, and is studying the influence of household gender dynamics on access to reproductive healthcare for young married women in Bihar, India. Before starting her PhD, she briefly worked on development media projects where the current research idea first began to take shape.
PhD in Sociology, University of York (in progress)
M.A. in Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
B.A. (Honours) in Journalism, University of Delhi
Alankrita's research studies the demand side of the health system in India by examining how young brides navigate the dynamics of the marital household and the larger context of kinship, caste and community to which these dynamics are inextricably linked. This is an under-studied aspect of reproductive health in India, particularly so among the study population (16-19 year olds) owing to their unique position as married minors which enmeshes them in legal and societal understandings of maturity, propriety, gendered norms and relations. The study follows a qualitative methodology, and involves members of the study population in a pilot that not only tests the research tools but also assesses the study's objectives and design through participatory exercises.