Anita Ratnam

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Youth, Youth-hood and Youth work
  • Sociology of Work
  • Project Management
  • Women’s Wellness
  • Women and Work


Anita is a visiting faculty with the School of Development since January 2019

Alongside this, she is also the Executive Director of Samvada and Baduku Community College, an organisation that she founded in 1992 to educate and empower marginalized youth. She is also partner in Anekataa, established in 2016 to promote inclusion in the corporate workplace. Building these institutions has been her primary focus where designing and teaching livelihood courses and workshops on social justice and inclusion has been an integral part of her role.

Publications and Writings


  • ICCO policy paper on Strategic Interventions for Youth in the South Asia Region in 2009. (ICCO is the inter church organization for development cooperation, Netherlands)
  • Women in Hindutva Agenda: Construction of womanhood and issues of women’s cooption/​empowerment Paper Presented at Seminar on Politics of Location, organized by Hengasara Hakkina Sangha, Bangalore November 2005, Published 2006
  • Coordinated and researched the Karnataka part of a study on Gender and the Judiciary” published by SAKSHI, New Delhi (1997).
  • Illegal and Unethical practices of Pawn Brokers vis a vis the Urban Poor in Bangalore, Samvada 1998- Unpublished.
  • Incidence and Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse of Girls — in and around Bangalore, Samvada (1994).