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Reetika Revathy Subramanian

Ms Reetika SubramanianGates Cambridge International Scholarship

The Invisible Drought: Negotiations between girlhood, marriage and labour in climate change-intensified migration in India

Supervisor: Professor Samita Sen (Vere Harmsworth Professor in Imperial and Naval History, Faculty of History) 




Anchored at the intersections of girlhood, labour and marriage migration studies, my PhD research explores the role and experiences of adolescent girls in India's historically drought-prone and caste-ridden Marathwada region. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, including a multi-sited ethnography and informed interpretation of women's grindmill songs, I strive to understand the Dalit and Adivasi girls' gendered subjectivities and everyday labouring realities as they move from the household to the informal wage economy; the historical compulsions, social constructions and anxieties influencing these transitions; the new kinship formations and market nexuses that emerge; and how such transitions are shaped by and help shape the political economy of climate migration in India. 


MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies (Distinction and Recipient of Chevening-Cambridge Trust Scholarship), University of Cambridge, 2017

MA in Media and Cultural Studies (Distinction), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2015

Bachelor of Mass Media- Journalism (Distinction), University of Mumbai, 2011


Research Interests: 

Gender, Labour, Migration, Structural Violence, Community Media