Tezpur University
     Department of Social Work

                         विज्ञानं यज्ञं तनुते
Specialized Knowledge promotes creativity

Smitha Sasidharan Nair

Education Qualification:

  • Ph.D (pursuing) , Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • M.Phil, Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • M.S.W, Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune University, Pune
  • B.A (Psychology), Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune University, Pune

Research Interest : Gender, Health, Social Movements

Professional Experiences:

  • Awakening Jagriti – Supervisor – Department- Child Development – Pune, Maharashtra (2006-2008)
  • SATHI-CEHAT- Research Associate- Pune, Maharashtra (April 2008-July 2008)

Worked as a Research assistant “From Margins to the Centre- a Study of Reproductive Health in India from 1977-2000” from January 2012 to Oct 2012. Funded by Sir Ratan Tata trust and conducted by Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU and Warwick University, UK.


  • Maydeo, Anjali and Smitha Nair (ed.).2016. Social Work Education in the Contemporary World: Issues and Challenges, Pune, Bhashya Prakashan
  • Nair Smitha.2015.‘The 'Emergency' Of Repoliticising Rights: Examining Emergency Contraception’; Meridian, 4 (2), 93-98, 2015

Papers presented in Conferences/Seminars:

  • Paper presented at International Seminar on Gender, Violence, and Development: The South Asian Experiences titled “Contraceptive Technology and Reproductive Rights: Choice or Control”, organized by the Dept. of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, in collaboration with UNESCO/UNITWIN and ICSSR, on October 12-13, 2011 in New Delhi.
  • Paper presented at the workshop Gender in the Health Sector: Mapping Research for Curricular Concern titled “Choice or Control: Examining the debates in contraceptive technology" .organized by Department of Women's Studies, Pune University, on 3rd and 4th November, 2011 in Pune.
  • Paper presented at the XXXVII All India Sociological Conference titled "Contraceptive Technology: Safety, Ethics, Efficacy and Women" held at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, from 10th to 13th December, 2011in New Delhi
  • Paper presented at the International Conference titled Feminism and the Law: Revisiting the Past, Rethinking the Present and Thinking the Way Forward titled “Law and Feminist Politics:Women’s Health Movement in India 1970-to present” organized by Women’s Studies Center (Sponsored by UGC), ILS Law College, Pune in partnership with the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and the Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney on 10th to 12th February, 2012 in Pune, Maharashtra.
  • Co-authored and Presented paper at the conference Science Technology and Medicine in India: The Problem of Poverty, 1930-2000" titled “Conversing Contraceptives: Exploring the concept of technology within the Women’s Movement “organized by Department of History, University of Warwick, and Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University on the 4th and 5th of October 2012 at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
  • Presented Paper (Invited Speaker) at the National Seminar on Domestic Violence and Women in Kerala titled “Understanding the Women’s Health Movement in India, 1970-to present” organised by Post Graduate Department of Economics, M.E.S Asmabi College on 30th and 31st December, 2015 (UGC Sponsored)

Trainings Attended-

  1. Six weeks certificate course on “Research Training Course in Women’s Studies: Concepts and Debates” from Centre for Women’s Development Studies funded by ICSSR – 1st November- 15th December 2010
  2. Orientation Programme for Faculty Members- Dec 21-27th, 2015: An initiative of Centre for Inclusive Development, Tezpur University, Assam and UNICEF