Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean (International Collaboration)
LL.B. (Bangalore University); Master in Development Studies; Ph.D. (Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Switzerland)
Kaveri Haritas is Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, International Affairs at the Jindal School of Government & Public Policy. She has a training in anthropology and sociology of development. Her current research is in the areas of urban poverty and the anthropology of work and labour. She has in the past worked at Institute for Social Sciences, the University of Lausanne, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the UNICEF (CEECIS) Geneva. She was a doctoral scholar of the Swiss National Science Foundation between 2009 and 2013 and held a full scholarship from the Geneva Canton for her Masters education. She is presently part of a research project on social and solidarity economy practices of women in India funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies, Geneva. Her research affiliations include the Institute for Research on Development, Marseilles, France, Institut Francais de Pondichery and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
Kaveri is presently completing her book manuscript based on her ethnographic research with residents of Bangalore's largest slum rehabilitation area. Her work focuses on the everyday politics of survival and at how gender, poverty and caste shape collective resistance. She is particularly interested in how the poor imagine and respond to law and the state and the manner in which law shapes and is shaped by the social world.
Her forthcoming research interrogates the future of work in a world of technological unemployment, looking at the human impacts of technologies such as robotics, automation and human clouds. She is particularly interested in how technology has the dual potential of reducing employment and creating new forms of work and working through technology platforms.
Thara, Kaveri. (2017) ‘In troubled waters: water commodification, law, gender and poverty in Bangalore.’ Gender and Development 25(2), 253-268.
Thara, Kaveri. (2016) "Protecting caste livelihoods on the western coast of India: an intersectional analysis of Udupi’s fisherwomen." Environment and Urbanization, Vol 28(2), 423-436.
Haritas, Kaveri (2013) Gender identity in urban poor mobilizations: evidence from Bengaluru, Environment and Urbanisation, Vol 25(1), 125–138.
Haritas, Kaveri (2008) ‘Poverty and marginalisation: challenges to poor women’s substantive leadership in urban India’, Gender and Development, Vol. 16, No. 3, November 2008.