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Mental health and development in India: perspectives from an inter-disciplinary practitioner

Event Name Mental health and development in India: perspectives from an inter-disciplinary practitioner
Start Date 7th Mar 2017 12:00pm
End Date 7th Mar 2017 2:00pm
Duration 2 hours

Dr Bhargavi Davar, Director of Bapu Trust, Pune India will present results of a recent study on the interface between mental health and development interventions. She will also provide reflections on being an inter-disciplinary health and development practitioner and advocate from the ‘global south’.


Bhargavi V Davar is a childhood survivor of the Indian mental asylums, being exposed to a variety of them for years in early childhood. Compelled by those early experiences, she completed her PhD in1993, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai on the ethical and epistemological foundations of the mental and behavioural sciences. Through her early years, she studied theories of freedom and consciousness, human physiology, psychology, Buddhism, 'anti-psychiatry', and the philosophies of social sciences. Her research has been on gender, culture and disability studies, and making sense of modern mental health policy frames in India and Asia. The impact of colonialism on mental health systems in post colonial times, in India, is also a big area of research interest. She has published works, including (co-author) Psychoanalysis as a Human Science (Sage, 1995); Mental health of Indian women (Sage, 1999); (ed.) Mental health from a gender perspective (Sage, 2001); Gendering mental healthKnowledges, identities, institutions (OUP, 2015). She is Director of the Bapu Trust for Research on Mind & Discourse, Pune; and Convenor for an Asia advocacy platform, called 'Transforming Communities for Inclusion, Asia' [TCI Asia]. She is a practising Arts Based Therapist and teacher; an international certified trainer of the UNCRPD; and an organic farmer. She lives with her daughter in Pune, India. 

Organized by SPS Student Development Office and Social Work Subject Area with financial support from Centre for South Asian Studies, Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology, and SPS Graduate School.

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