Faculty Profile


Name : Saraswati  Raju
Designation : Retired Professor
Centre/School/Special Centre : Centre for the Study of Regional Development
School of Social Sciences
Room No : 414
Off. Phone : 11-26704571
Residence : 11-28086116
Email : saras@mail.jnu.ac.in   saraswati_raju@hotmail.com
Personal webpage : http://www.jnu.ac.in


Ph. D. in Geography, Gwalior, Post-doctoral training, Syracuse USA 

Areas of Interest/Specialization

Gender and Social Development with focus on literacy,skills; labour market; social space 


About 4 decades of graduate and postgraduate teaching and research  

Awards & Honours

2012: The Asian Geography Specialty Group Service Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the research and teaching of Asian geography, Association of American Geographers 2012, New York, NY, USA.

2010: Janet Monk Service Award by the American Association of Geographers, USA in recognition of an outstanding service contribution to women in geography and/or feminist geography -first ever outside the Anglo-Saxon World

2007: Vice Chancellor’s Visiting Award for Distinguished Professors, Australian National University, Canberra, 2007

2005: First Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization

The Canadian International Development Agency-International Development Research Centre- Carleton University-University of Ottawa, Canada sponsored by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) 

International Collaboration/Consultancy

November-December 2003: Evaluation of ILO intervention projects for withdrawal of child labour and transiting to schools and preparation of ILO Country Report on ILO-IPEC Project. Geneva/New Delhi.

February 1997-April 2000: MacArthur Foundation sponsored project on Gender and Reproductive Health, Population Council, New York/New Delhi.

June 1994: UNDP/UNIFEM Project: Gender-responsive Development Statistics in Laos.

August 1993: UNDP/UNIFEM Project: Macro Economic Management and Training, Cambodia.

November 1993: UNDP/UNIFEM Project: Gender-sensitive Tabulation of data, Laos.

An Atlas on Women and Men in India in collaboration with Durham University, U.K. Sponsored by the British Council under their LINK program 

Best Peer Reviewed Publications (upto 5)

(2009) (with Arpita Banerjee) ‘Gendered mobility: Women migrants and work in Urban India’, Economic & Political Weekly, 54 (28): 115-123.

(2006) ‘Contextualising Gender Empowerment at the Grassroots: A Tale of Two Policy Initiatives’, GeoJournal, 65(4): 287-300.

(2003) (with Nagar) ‘Women, NGOs and the Contradictions of Empowerment and Disempowerment: A Conversation’, Antipode 35 (1): 1-12.

(2002) ‘We are Different, but Can We Talk’, Gender, Place and Culture, 9(2):173-177

(1997) ‘The Issues at Stake: An Overview of Gender Concerns in Post Independence India’, Environment Planning, 29 (21): 91-2206 

Recent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books (upto 3)

(Sept. 2011) (edited) Gendered Geographies: Space and Place in South Asia, New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

(Jan. 2011) (edited with Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt) Doing Gender, Doing Geography: Emerging Research in India New Delhi, London: Routledge

(Feb. 2006) (edited with M. Satish and S. Corbridge) Colonial and Post-Colonial Geographies of India, New Delhi: Sage.  

Patents (if any)