Dhruva Desai

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Physical Education
  • Sport and Social Inequality
  • Conflict and Dialogue
  • Children’s Literature and Picture Books
  • Inclusion in Sports and Physical Education


Dhruva enjoys thinking about ways to create more inclusive and participative physical education and playing cultures in educational spaces and communities. He has been a school teacher at different schools across the country for primary and high school age groups, teaching languages, theatre, physical education, and engaging in library work. 

He has worked with students from different contexts on using sports and games as a way to engage in reflection and dialogue. He enjoys facilitating and creating spaces of play that are inclusive and diverse. He is keenly interested in changing the way we view physical education, hoping to make it as relevant an aspect of our children’s [and adults’] growth as the other curricular’ school subjects. 

Dhruva is also passionate about picture books and children’s literature. He has most recently worked with the School of Education at Azim Premji University on a research project looking at the impact of children’s literature on prejudicial attitudes in children. 

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Delhi University, and an MA in Education from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. He generally enjoys being outdoors, reading, playing, swimming, climbing, cooking, eating, or some combination thereof. 


Book Review

Magazine Articles

Online Article

Conference Presentation

  • Desai, D. (2023, December 1 – 3). Engaging with Prejudice Using Children’s Literature [Conference Presentation].13th Annual International Conference, Comparative Education Society of India (CESI), Tezpur University, Assam, India.