Sonu Pandey

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Moral Imperatives of Public Health and Development
  • Health Research Fundamentals
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Systems Research
  • Health of Workers in the Informal Sector
  • Urbanisation, Changing Nature of Cities and Public Health
  • Assistive Technology and Disability Rights
  • Case Studies and Mixed Methods Research in Health


Sonu is a public health researcher working at the interface of urbanisation, development, public health, and the health of workers in the informal sector. 

Sonu has a PhD and an MPhil from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His doctoral work focused on how various dimensions of work determine the health and well-being of workers in the construction sector using the framework of decent work and unacceptable forms of work as proposed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

His study employed a mixed-methods approach to map out various forms, locations, and dimensions of unacceptable forms of work prevalent in the construction sector and attempted to understand multiple layers of deprivations and transmitted deprivations experienced by the workers. 

The study attempted to weave an understanding of health and wellbeing by documenting core and contingent narratives and understanding the everyday lives, illness narratives, injury episodes, and life histories of the workers and their families.

An alumnus of the University, Sonu completed his MA in Development at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Subsequently, he worked at Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM), Mysuru, as a Research Associate. There, he worked predominantly on research projects that looked at the issues of education and employability of differently-abled children. 

Sonu has a bachelor’s degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Delhi. After completing his graduation, he took up various roles as a prosthetist, orthotist, and clinical manager and worked for four and a half years in different corporate, governmental, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

He is a recipient of the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) full-term doctoral fellowship in the domain of health studies. 


Chapter in an Edited Book

  • Pandey, S. (2019). The politics of land, labour and capital in Delhi: A dynamics of class struggle and dispossession since Independence. In P. Sial, & B.B. Biswas (Eds.), Indian Democracy at 70: Challenges Ahead (pp.414 – 444). Mark Books.

Journal Article

Newsletter Articles

  • Basavaraju, R., Pandey, S. (2015, September). Accessible India Campaign: Are we heading with the required pace? Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM).
  • Pandey, S. (2015, August). Assisting or Disabling? Access to assistive technology in India. Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM).

Conference Presentations

  • Pandey, S. (2022, April 11 – 13). Contemplating citizenship, entitlements and invisibility of migrant workers during COVID-19 pandemic [Paper presentation]. Indian Society of Labour Economics and Department of Humanities and Social Sciences 62nd Labour Economics Conference, IIT Roorkee, Uttarakhand. 
  • Pandey, S. (2018, April 6 – 7). The politics of land, labour and capital in Delhi: Dynamics of class struggle and dispossession since Independence [Paper presentation]. National Conference on Indian Democracy at 70: Challenges Ahead. Jawaharlal Nehru College, Chakradharpur, Jharkhand and Centre for International Relations, Central University of Jharkhand.