Sapna Mishra

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Work and Health
  • Health Policy and System Research
  • Philosophy of Research
  • Rights-based Research
  • Politics of Knowledge Creation
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health


Prior to joining Azim Premji University, Sapna was working as a consultant for the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). She was engaged in the mapping and review of grey literature on sexual justice with an objective to understand the conceptualisation of sexual justice. She has also worked as a consultant with Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM) in the area of rights-based knowledge creation. 

Sapna has a PhD in Public Health. She earned her doctoral degree from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (August 2016 – December 2021). 

Her doctoral work explored the occupational health of workers engaged in e‑waste processing in the unorganised sector of a south Indian city. She approached this problem from a sociological perspective and concluded that the occupational health of workers could be shaped by the employment and working conditions which are firmly and deeply embedded in the existing institutional arrangements. These institutional arrangements are driven by national and state-level policies, which are in turn clearly reflective of the power relations existing at a macro-level.

She obtained her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hyderabad (2014 – 2016) and bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial Health Science and Ayush University, Chhattisgarh.


Journal Articles

Chapter in Edited Book

Other writings

Book Chapters and Articles accepted for publication

  • Mini, G.K., Mishra, S., Lordson, J., Mohan, M. (in press). Exploring problematizations underlying Tuberculosis control strategies: A cross-country analysis of India and Kenya. Tuberculosis: Integrated studies for a Complex Disease. Springer Nature.
  • Mohan, M., Mishra, S. (in press). Embodiment of caste: Decoding the underlying mechanisms of health inequity. EPW Engage (Economic & Political Weekly Engage).

Fellowships received

  • India Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) fellowship (2021 – 2022 cohort) for a period of 18 months.
  • University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) for Junior Research fellowship (JRF) for full-time research in Public Health (2015).