Aruna Bhattacharya Chakravarty

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Medical Anthropology, Social and Behavioural Sciences in Public Health, Health Systems Policy Research


Aruna Bhattacharya is a faculty with the School of Development. 

A Medical Anthropologist by training, she uses Behavioural and Social Science lens in Health Systems Policy Research and Evaluation Research for policy recommendations.

She has 20 years of experience in the realm of medical anthropology, health systems and public health research and teaching. Prior to joining APU, she worked as an Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Public Health-Delhi, PHFI; she was the lead faculty for Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health and carried out public health and health systems research. She has worked with ICMR-NARI in Pune; DANIDA, a Danish bi-lateral organization in Madhya Pradesh and Orissa, and the World Bank, in health systems, tribal health, and capacity building in public health research. She has also worked with Population Council for multi-site research on HIV and harm reduction programs, reproductive health and gender-based violence in India and Bangladesh. She was an Australia Leadership Award Fellow for research in HIV and STI and was affiliated with the University of Sydney in 2011. She was a recipient of Harvard School of Public Health scholarship, for specialized training in Ethics in Public Health Research. She is a visiting faculty for ICMR-NIE, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Ambedkar University Delhi, XLRI Jamshedpur, MNNIT Allahabad, and AIMS Kochi.

She is currently one of the global Coordinators of LGBTQI cluster in SHAPES forum of Health Systems Global.

Publications and Writings:

Journal Articles

  1. Nakkeeran, N., Jadhav, S., Bhattacharya, A., Gamit, S., Mehta, C., Purohit, P., Patel, R., Doshi, M. 2019. Recasting Food” in CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion [accepted]
  2. Bhattacharya Chakravarty A, Rangan S, Dholakia Y, Rai S, Kamble S, et al. (2019) Such a long journey: What health seeking pathways of patients with drug resistant tuberculosis in Mumbai tell us. PLOS ONE 14(1): e0209924.
  3. Chakravarty, AB., (2017) Adolescent Girls and their Healthy Transition to Adulthood — Some Perspectives. MOJ Women’s Health 4(2): 00083. DOI:10.15406/mojwh.2017.04.00083
  4. Betancourt, Theresa S., Stephanie S. Zulkowski, Arathi Ravichandran, Honora Einhorn, Nikita Arora, Aruna Bhattacharya Chakravarty, and Robert T. Brennan. 2015. Development of the SAFE Checklist Tool for Assessing Site-Level Threats to Child Protection: Use of Delphi Methods and Application to Two Sites in India.” PLoS ONE 10 (11): e0141222. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141222.
  5. Tun, W, Sarna, A, Bhattacharya, A, Apicella, L, Shashikumar, Y Lewis, D. 2014. Characteristics of Sex Partners and Sexual Partnership Correlates of Inconsistent Condom Use Among Male Injection Drug Users In India”. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Vol 45 (4).
  6. Ghosh-Jerath S, Singh A, Bhattacharya A, Ray S, Yunus S, Zodpey SP. 2013. Dimensions of nutritional vulnerability: Assessment of women and children in Sahariya tribal community of Madhya Pradesh in India”. Indian J Public Health; 57:260 – 7.
  7. Sarna, A, Tun, W, Bhattacharya, A, Lewis, D, Shashikumar, Y, Apicella, L. 2012. Assessment of unsafe injection practices and sexual behaviours among male injecting drug users in two urban cities of India using respondent driven sampling”. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health; 43
  8. Establishment of Social Club for Adolescents living in Urban Slums: A potential tool to impart HIV/AIDS Education. Kirti Deshpande, M S Shivaswamy, Vishal Diwan, Ayesha De Costa, Aruna Bhattacharya, Vijay K Mahadik. J Indian Med Assoc 2013 May;111(5):320 – 3.
  9. Deshpande K, Sivaswamy M, Diwan V, DeCosta A, Bhattacharya A, Mahadik V. 2008. Setting up social Clubs for adolescents living in a slum area of Ujjain: A potential tool to impart HIV/AIDS education”. Health and Population-Perspectives and Issues Vol. 31 (3), 189 – 197.
  10. Bhattacharya A, Dwivedi R, Nandeswar S, DeCosta A, Diwan V. 2008. “‘To weigh or not to weigh?’ Socio-cultural practices affecting weighing at birth in Vidisha, India”. J. Neonat. Nurs. Vol 14 (6), 199 – 206.
  11. Biological and behavioural aspects of HIV/AIDS’ G K Kshatriya, Aruna Bhattacharya, Mansi Gauniyal. Indian Anthropologist. Special issue on Women, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, sponsored by UNESCO, New Delhi (2005) 35: 1&2,69 – 82.
  12. An anthropological and haematological study of pulmonary Tuberculosis patients from Slums of Delhi’ Aruna Bhattacharya and Gautam K Kshatriya Journal of the department of Anthropology, University of Calcutta (2005) 9: 1&2, 132 – 140
  13. Written Preface to the Report from Second Research Workshop on Gender and Tuberculosis at the Nordic School of Public Health, Goteberg, Sweden, May 8 – 112001.
  14. RCH-II Baseline report- Rajasthan Report, 2001 (IIHMR-IIPS publication)
  15. Developed training manual on qualitative methodologies for ICRW training workshop for Research investigators at IIHMR, Jaipur for the project Male perspective on domestic violence against women’ in 2001.


  1. Satia. J., Chauhan. K., Bhattacharya. A., Mishra. N. (eds). Innovations in Family Planning ‑Case Studies from India. SAGE India. Nov 2015.
  2. Sahu T, Satapathy DM, Sahani N C, Bhattacharya A, Seeberg J. Health status of tribal population in an unreached area of Malkangiri District. In : Accessing TB Services in a Tribal District: The Malkangiri Project, Orissa. DANTB2005
  3. Contributed three chapters on Gender, Poverty and Health’, Operations Research in Danida Project’, and Danida phase-III activities (19982004)’, in Diwan V, DeCosta A, editors. Challenges and opportunities: DANIDA’s 25 years in Madhya Pradesh. DANIDA2004.


  1. Qualitative Evidence Symposium at Fiocruz Institute, Brasilia, Brazil (October 2019) Organised symposium workshop titled Software does not analysis qualitative data, researchers do: qualitative research analysis without using software in multisite research studies.
  2. Global Maternal Health Conference, Arusha, Tanzania in January 2013: Discussing Social Cultural dimensions of teenage pregnancy in Meghalaya”. (Oral Presentation)
  3. National Young Lives Conference, Tirupati; Aug 2012. A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach to Understanding and Improving Children’s Security”. (Oral Presentation)
  4. Lessons of Global Health from India, University College of London, London, June’20, 2012. Exclusion And Self-Exclusion from Supplementary Nutrition Programme: Brief Focussed Ethnographies from Selected Villages of Gujarat — 2012 – 2013. (Poster presentation)
  5. 3rd Regional Conference of International Union of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Hong Kong; 8 – 11 July 2011
  6. 16th International conference on Qualitative Health Research in Vancouver, Canada; October 2010. Shopping for Treatment: Tuberculosis in Urban Slums in Delhi, India”. Abstract published in International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Volume 9, Issue 4; December 2010. (Oral Presentation)
  7. Sexual risk behaviour of Injecting Drug Users (IDU) in Delhi and Imphal’ was selected for presentation in International Conference on action to strengthen linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, Goa, February-2007.
  8. A paper on Tuberculosis in urban slums of Delhi: factors affecting the Occurrence, transmission and treatment” is selected for oral presentation at Global Forum for Health ‑10 at Cairo to be held from 29th October-2nd November,2006
  9. Poster presented at Global Forum for Health‑9 at Mumbai; 12 – 16th September, 2005 based on an article titled: Does a rights-based approach to health communication make a difference for TB control among the poorest?”