The Australia India Institute @UWA was established in 2019 as an affiliate-centre of Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne with the explicit aim of promoting India-focussed research at UWA. AII@UWA aims to create new networks to strengthen UWA’s capacity in research, teaching and engagement relevant to India. Capitalising on UWA’s location as the only Australian city in the Indian Ocean region, AII@UWA seeks to strengthen India-focussed research and regional and international collaborations, in line with UWA’s Vision 2030.
AII@UWA is working towards establishing a community of India-focussed academics and students within UWA, with the goal of:
- becoming the leading centre for India-related research in Western Australia
- matching UWA strengths to Indian government priorities and funding
- identifying and supporting ongoing and potential research collaborations with Indian partners
- creating an India-focussed network for academics, students and relevant regional and international policy networks.
Dr Mona Chettri
Dr Mona Chettri received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2014. She is the author of Constructing Democracy: Ethnicity and Democracy in the eastern Himalaya (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017) and has published widely on urbanisation, ethnicity, politics and development (hydro-power projects and pharmaceutical industry) in the eastern Himalayan borderland with a special focus on Sikkim and Darjeeling.
Her current research focuses on the intersections between gender, labour, urbanisation and infrastructure in the Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalaya, India.
Dr Srinivas Goli
Before joining UWA, Dr Srinivas Goli was an Assistant Professor at JNU (2015-to-present), GIDS (from-2013-to-2015) and a visiting faculty at the University of Gottingen, Germany. His research interest includes population dynamics and its implications for development, families, public health, nutrition and gender inequalities and its social determinants. He published more than 70 journal articles in reputed international journals and five reports and co-authored a book. He obtained some government and non-governmental competitive research grants. He is also serving as an academic editor of PLOS One: Journal of Science and Medicine.
Professor Anu Rammohan
Professor Anu Rammohan is a Professor of Economics. She is the academic lead for UWA’s Australia India Institute node. Her research is in Development Economics and Health Economics.
The focus of her research has been on understanding household vulnerability and socio-economic factors that can influence maternal and child health outcomes, gender and food security issues in South and South East Asia, particularly in India, Indonesia and more recently in Myanmar. Her recent research has focused on two central areas- (i) the analysis of intra-household distribution of health and education in developing countries, and its implications for the household’s children, women and the elderly, and (ii) food and nutritional security in rural areas of developing countries. Her research has been widely published, and has been funded by research grants from the Australian Research Council, DFAT, Australian Council of International Agriculture Research and the Australia India Institute. She is currently on the Editorial Board of The Economic Record, Australia’s top-ranked Economics policy journal.