Team




Prof. Roger Jeffery

Prof. Roger Jeffery
Roger Jeffery has been Professor of Sociology of South Asia at the  University of Edinburgh since 1997. He has been Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies since August 2009. Since 2001 he has been a Member of the review panel for NCCR: North-South (Swiss National Science Foundation)and is currently President, European Association of  South Asian Studies. His work has been focused on issues of public health policy, social demography, education and pharmaceuticals regulation. 
He has carried out fieldwork in rural north India (Bijnor district) on several occasions since 1982, and was a visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, from 2007-09 go to top



Dr. Salla Sariola

Dr. Salla Sariola
Salla Sariola is a senior research fellow at University of Durham, Department of Anthropology. Her current research focuses on clinical trials in South Asia with specific focus on international science collaboration, governance and bioethics. Salla has PhD from University of Edinburgh from Sociology/South Asian Studies. She is also the author of Gender and Sexuality in India: selling sex in Chennai which is an ethnography of sex work in Chennai and a critique of international HIV prevention policies. Her research interests include:medical anthropology, science and technology studies, gender and development go to top


Prof. Bob Simpson

Prof. Bob Simpson
Bob Simpson is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University. Since 2001 he has been carrying out research into the reception of new reproductive and genetic technologies in developing world contexts. This research builds on his earlier research interests in kinship, knowledge transmission and ideas of health and well-being. His work has focused particularly on the encounter between challenging technological developments and local systems of values and beliefs in Sri Lanka. In 2002-03 he held a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics to develop this research. More recently he has carried out work which explores the relationship between science, ethics and culture across South Asia. This work has investigated international science collaborations, clinical trials, capacity-building and their relationship with bioethics in South Asia. The work was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of Great Britain and carried out in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex. He is currently engaged in an ESRC/ DfID -funded project along with the University of Edinburgh which looks at the relationship between clinical trials and development in South Asia.  He is currently a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party on donation and human tissue. go to top


Dr. Ian Harper

Dr. Ian Harper
Ian Harper is a trained medical practitioner who has worked in hospital medicine and general practice in the UK. For three and a half years he managed a tuberculosis control project in Nepal, and for two years worked with NGOs throughout India in supporting community health programmes. His experiences of practicing medicine and public health in such diverse cultural and political situations led him to study medical anthropology. He served on the ASA committee as the ethics officer (2005-7) and is a co-founder of Anthropology Matters, the ASA's national web-based postgraduate network. He is the current secretary of the Britain Nepal Academic Council. From August 1998 to March 2000 he researched into the social relations around, and the effects of, a series of public health programmes in Palpa district, Nepal. Briefly researching into the privatisation of technical training in the health sector in Nepal, between 2007-9 he researched as part of a multidisciplinary team on a DfID / ESRC funded research project "tracing pharmaceuticals in South Asia". (To see papers from this project from the Nepal dissemination workshop see http://www.martinchautari.org.np) . Between August and December 2008, at the invitation of the Director, he worked in the Nepal National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) assisting with the implementation of Global Fund funded programmes. go to top


Dr. Amar Jesani

Dr. Amar Jesani
He was National Coordinator of the two (2005 and 2007) National Bioethics Conferences of the IJME. He is the national faculty of the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) for its NIH supported research bioethics training programme and a visiting faculty teaching bioethics at five institutions in India. Since 1979, he has done 16 research and training projects, has co-authored and co-edited six books. Dr. Amar Jesani is an independent consultant – researcher and teacher - in bioethics and public health. He is a trustee of Anusandhan Trust, which manages three institutions the CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes, www.cejat.org) and CSER (Centre for Studies in Ethics and Rights, www.cser.in) in Mumbai and SATHI (www.sathicehat.org) in Pune – in India. He is also one of the founders of the Forum for Medical Ethics Society and its journal, IJME (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, www.ijme.in).. go to top


Dr. Jeevan Sharma

Dr. Jeevan Sharma
Jeevan Sharma is a Researcher at Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. He has a PhD on migration and social transformation from Graduate School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh (2007) and MA from Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai (2001). He has a wide range of experience in academic as well as policy research. His areas of interests include international aid policy and practice, socio-cultural knowledge and planning, transnationalism, border crossing and livelihoods, and crisis and social transformation. He has been an associate of Centre for South for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh since 2007, an adjunct professor of anthropology at Nepa School of Humanities and Social Sciences since February 2010, Kathmandu and a visiting fellow at Social Science Baha, Kathmandu since April 2009. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles, opinion articles, reports and evaluations. He is currently working on the following research projects:Promoting and governing experimental scientific enquiry: new modalities of competition and collaboration in South Asia, 2010-2012 Sovereignty, Globalisation and the Future of Humanitarian Action - Analysing Experience from Recent Crises in Sri Lanka and Nepal, 2010-2011 Local perceptions of conflict, aid and social transformation in Nepal, 2008-2010 Gender and transformation of identities in Maoist organisations in Nepal, 2009-2010, Coping with floods and managing livelihoods in Nepal Terai, 2010-2012 go to top


Prof. Vajira Dissanayake

Prof. Vajira Dissanayake
Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake holds the positions of Head of Department, Senior Lecturer and Medical Geneticist in the Department of Anatomy and the Human Genetics Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He graduated from the same Faculty with MBBS in 1996 and read for his PhD at the University of Nottingham in UK, which he obtained in 2004. He is keen on promoting ethical research and has been in the forefront of strengthening research ethics review in Sri Lanka and played a lead role in the development of guidelines for research ethics review in Sri Lanka in 2007 as well as in the development of guidelines for research using animals in Sri Lanka in 2009. In 2007 he was the recipient of a six month UNESCO fellowship to the Bioethics Department of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, USA. He has held the post of Secretary of the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Sri Lanka; and Secretary of the Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. He was the member of a committee that drew up a draft National Policy on New Genetics and Associated Reproductive Technologies appointed by the National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka in 2003. Currently he serves as a member of the working group for drafting a National Policy on Human Genetic Data appointed by the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP). Since returning to Sri Lanka he has spearheaded the development of genetic diagnostics services and postgraduate courses in genetics in Sri Lanka. He was instrumental in setting up molecular genetic diagnostic services in the Faculty of Medicine and establishing one of South Asia’s most modern genetic laboratories in the Asiri Group of Hospitals – the Asiri Centre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine. He spearhead the setting up of the MSc in Biomedical Informatics, MSc in Clinical Genetics, and MSc in Genetic Diagnostics courses in the University of Colombo. He was the recipient of Third World Academy of Sciences/National Science Foundation young investigator award and the University of Colombo Research Award both in 2008. He initiated the Sri Lankan Human Genome Project which successfully sequenced the first Sri Lankan genome and is the Principal Investigator of the project. go to top


Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami

Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami
Anuj Kapilashrami is a Lecturer at University of Edinburgh, Global Public Health Unit and Centre for South Asian Studies. She has a PhD from Queen Margaret University and an interdisciplinary background in sociology and public health with a specialisation in sexual and reproductive health and health policy research. Her work lies at the intersections of health politics, social justice and development praxis, and over the years has engaged various development actors and social movements in India in varying capacity: feminist researcher, trainer and policy advocate with interest in gendered and equitable health policy & systems. Her doctoral research focused on the discourse and practice of global public private partnerships in health, such as the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and its implications for health systems and HIV management in India. Anuj lectures on topics such as globalisation, global politics and public health, and health systems reform and is involved with research on clinical trials in South Asia with specific focus on governance and ethics. Her research interests include: health policy and governance; gender and social determinants of health; and public health ethics. go to top


Deapica Ravindran

Deapica Ravindran
Deapica Ravindran Is a Junior Programme Officer at the Centre for Studies in Ethics and Rights, Mumbai. She has a Masters degree in Biotechnology and is interested in the ethical and social implications of biotechnology. She has been involved in maintaining a database on the clinical trials registered in the Indian registry CTR-I.  She is also responsible for the publication of “Clinical trials watch” in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.
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Rekha Khatri

Rekha Khatri
Rekha Khatri is working as a research associate based at Social Science Baha in Nepal. She has MA in Social Work with field of practice in women centered social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She wrote her MA thesis on ‘Transition from Monarchy to Republic: The Politics of Youth in Nepal.’ Her areas of interests include gender, youth, governance and politics.Previously, she was engaged in a research project that examined child labour in Pokhara, Nepal. She has also worked as a consultant researcher with International Alert in a research project titled ‘Strengthening the Economic Dimensions of Peace-building: Improving Knowledge and Practice on the Socio Economic Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Former Combatants in Nepal’. She has fieldwork experience in Nepal and India (Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh). go to top


Neha Madhiwalla

Neha Madhiwalla
Neha Madhiwalla is currently the Co-ordinator, Centre for Studies in Ethics and Rights, an institute of Anusandhan Trust. She basic training is in social work and she has been engaged in health research for the past 15 years. Her focus areas of research are gender, urban health, ethics and human rights in health. In the past, she has been involved in various research projects exploring access and utilization of healthcare by women; the impact of structural adjustment policies on women’s health; urban displacement and human rights; ethical issues in reproductive health research and ethical issues in the practice of obstetric care. In addition to her involvement in research, she is also actively engaged in training on research health ethics. She has been a resource person for several training programmes organised by ICMR, CSER as well as other organizations. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. She is a visiting faculty member at the School of Social Work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, where she teaches courses on public health, health and development and social sciences and health. She is also the managing trustee of Chehak Trust, a community based organization which works for the betterment of the health and education status of children, adolescents and women in the slums of Mumbai. go to top


Tharindi Udalagama

Tharindi Udalagama
She graduated from the University of Colombo with a First Class honours, BA (Sociology) special degree in the year 2010. Having completed her Professional Qualification in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Personnel Management, Sri Lanka, she equally qualified in Human Resource Management. As a researcher, her prime interest is in studying about the simulations of reality in the post modern world, culture and its politics and comparative religion with an emphasis on ancient rituals symbols and architecture.  Her approach to research is that it is a master piece, materialized through the curiosity and imagination of the researcher. Hence, a researcher is no different to an artist, a composer or a novelist as they all are products of an active imagination that views the world beyond its usual manifestations. She is a friendly soul who enjoys engaging in intellectual debates and writing poetry during leisure with a desire to establish herself as a fellow researcher by gathering the required higher qualifications and experience. go to top