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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Tanushri Roy is an alumnus from the University of Delhi wherein she completed her graduation in Sociology and degree in Law. She holds a masters degree in the Indian classical dance form of Kathak and has established the Shrinkhala Centre for Arts and Development which is an organization spearheading innovation, academic engagement, curation, advocacy and training in the cultural sector. As a lawyer she has worked with leading social action lawyers, high court chief justices, the National Legal Services Authority and contributed to grass root level projects in rural hinterlands. As a development enthusiast, she has worked in project management, educational and consultancy roles with various organizations such as the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence (Govt. Of India), The Energy and Resources Institute, Archaeological Survey of India, The United Nations, among others. Furthermore, she has traversed India’s interiors to undertake research on socio-legal issues, producing papers which have been published in journals of international repute. As a certified mediator, she has been a visiting faculty and trainer at various international institutions dedicated to conflict management and dispute resolution. Interestingly, she has captained the State National Team in Basketball and is the recipient of the Gold Award, Duke of Edinburgh; the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Delhi; Professional excellence awards from the Govt. of India among other laurels. Donning diverse roles, she has represented India internationally such as in China, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Bangladesh, Dubai, UK etc. Tanushri sees policy as an important tool for empowerment. By harbouring its strength, she hopes to contribute to the betterment of her home country and the international development discourse.


Past: (Broad areas of interest)

1. Deconstructing and revisiting laws on sexual crimes, corruption, hate crimes and scope of legislations on alternate dispute resolution in India.

2. Sustainable development and scope of the arts in furthering development.

3. Social issues (primary and secondary research)- child labour, drug addiction, influence of industrialization on indigenous tribes (political ecology approach) etc.

Present: (Broad area of interest)

Exploring the scope of India’s cultural industries in fueling its creative economy and leveraging its potential to further overall prosperity.

Culture plays a major role in building national identity and driving social change specially in a multicultural country like India with its diverse and rich cultural heritage. Under the visible cultural narrative lie traditional art forms and occupations practiced by indigenous communities. Largely falling under informal sectors, these communities lack access to resources, excluding them from mainstream economic opportunities thus threatening their survival. Therefore to increase access among such communities and to enable India to leverage the potential of its cultural economy in order to rise from its low middle income country status, it has to recognize the creative industry as a priority sector and shape policies propelling its growth.

Thus some of my short term proposed areas of research/study are:

1.  Secondary research driven-

-A comparative analysis of selected policies in one area across few jurisdictions (countries) best leveraging the cultural sector in propelling economic growth.


-In depth study of recently instituted policies across multiple areas in one jurisdiction. Reviewing their implementation and impact.


Exploring ways of adapting and building on best practices for the Indian context with a hope to construct a working document to be used as an advocacy tool back home.

2. Primary research driven- Study of grassroot level cultural policy implementation/impact in India focusing on few traditional artforms/communities (expanding thereafter). Creating avenues of improvement based on previous research; constructing sustainable and scalable models of cultural experiences to promote employability and tourism.


Key publications: 

1. Sextortion: Revisiting Laws on Corruption in India, Journal of the Indian Law Institute, 2018.

2. Arts for Development: Revisiting the Development Discourse, The Hindustan Times, 2018.

3. Beauty, a Social Construct: The Curious Case of Cosmetic Surgeries, The Millennium Post, 2018.                                                                                                                                       

4. Contextualizing Lynching in Contemporary Times: The Indian Scenario, Centre for Criminology & Victimology, NLU.                                                                                         

5. Disaster Management and Sustainable Development in Asia and Pacific: Engendering Strategies for SDG’s. The Centre for Disaster Management, JNU, 2019.                                 

6. Mediation: A Culturalist Perspective, Journal of Africa-Asia Mediation Association, 2020.                                                                                                                                                   

7. Role of Mediation and Journalism in Dispute Resolution, People’s Mediation Centre Publication, Bangladesh, 2021.                                                                                                                

8. Research paper on the Thesis on Child Labor: Causes, Nature of Exploitation and Rehabilitation, fieldwork: Hyderabad. (Dept. Of Sociology, Lady Shri Ram College for Women), 2016                                                                                                                                        

9. Drug Addiction: Causes, Perpetuation and Reform, fieldwork:Aastha Kripa DeAddiction Centre, New Delhi. (Dept. Of Sociology, Lady Shri Ram College for Women), 2015                     

10. Political Ecology analysis of the Dongria Kondhs Tribes. (Dept. Of Sociology, Lady Shri Ram College for Women), 2015.

Supervisor: Dr Margarita Gelepithis