Mukta Gundi

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Public Health
  • Adolescent Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Communication
  • Mental Health
  • Mixed Methods Research

Biography

Mukta is a public health researcher interested in exploring how social conditions influence health. She is especially interested in understanding how social and gender inequalities intersect to impact adolescents’ health indicators. 

Most recently, Mukta worked as a technical specialist with Population Council, New Delhi. She co-led baseline data collection for a community-based evaluation for a programme aimed at skilling in-school and out-of-school adolescent girls to reduce the incidence of child marriage in Rajasthan. 

Her research work included contributing to an evidence synthesis of experimental studies from South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa that were aimed at delaying marriage, reducing teenage pregnancies, and improving labour force participation among adolescent girls and young women. She also co-authored research briefs, analysed data, designed research tools, and supervised data collection. 

Mukta earned her doctoral degree in Public Health from Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT Gandhinagar) in 2020. Her doctoral research focused on understanding the social determinants of menstrual health among adolescents across urban, rural and tribal settings in Nashik district, Maharashtra. 

Her doctoral study on menstrual health included both adolescent girls as well as boys as she explored how gender itself acts as a social determinant to influence adolescents’ knowledge, beliefs, and communication regarding menstruation using a mixed-methods approach. Prior to her doctoral journey, she worked with IIT Gandhinagar as a Research Associate.

She completed her master’s degree in Public Health from Indiana University Bloomington in 2013 and her bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Nashik in 2008. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she worked at Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH), Gadchiroli as a fellow. 

She looks forward to expanding her work on school climate and its impact on various adolescent health indicators. 

Besides work, she loves Indian classical dance and enjoys reading Marathi literature. 

Courses

Publications

Journal Articles

Working Paper

  • Gundi M. & Dayal, R. (2022). [Manuscript in preparation]. The role of educational interventions in avoiding early marriage, delaying pregnancy and promoting transition to work among adolescents and young women in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa: Findings from an evidence synthesis.

Policy Briefs

Reports

Newspaper Articles

Online Articles

Interview