Director (Officiating)

Dr. Shobhita Rajagopal, Associate Professor IDSJ, joined the Institute in the year 1987. She has over 30 years of experience in social development research, training and policy advice with special emphasis on women in development and mainstreaming gender concerns in policy planning and implementation. She has extensively worked in the area of understanding politics of gender in educational processes in Rajasthan and India and has been actively involved in the women’s movement, NGOs and civil society movements in Rajasthan. Her research interests include Gender and Education with emphasis on Elementary, Secondary Education and Tertiary Education, Gender and Health,   Gender based Violence, Women’s Rights and Empowerment and Gender mainstreaming in policy planning and Practice. Current research engagements has focused on gender and WASH issues in the context of underserved urban areas and how services and solutions can be made gender and community responsive. Her work has also led to exploring interconnections between education and reproductive health issues especially menstrual hygiene and management among adolescent girls in rural and urban settings.