Sharada Srinivasan

Department of Social Science

Assistant Professor

Office: 315 Founders
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 22739
Emailsharada@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/laps/sosc/idst/profiles/srinivasan.html

Her research focuses on gender-based discrimination and violence including young people's experiences of them. Her current work examines the relative value of daughters and sons among the Indian diaspora in Canada, as well as the social transformation underway in India in context of daughter deficits. She has published in World Development, Economic and Political Weekly and Journal of Development Studies.

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Area of Specialization

Social Science

Degrees

Ph.D. in Development Studies, Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands
M.A. in Women and Development (Development Studies), Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands
M.A. in Social Work (Urban and Rural Community Development), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
BA in Psychology, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India

Professional Leadership

Refereed papers for Development and Change, World Development, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Population Research, SSHRC. Faculty adviser, Undercurrent: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Development Studies. Coordinator, Development Seminar, Development Studies, York University. June 2010- Member, Curriculum committee, Graduate program in Women’s Studies, York University. June 2010- Member, Executive committee, Department of Social Science, York University.

Community Contributions

“Daughters unwanted”, Interview for the Magazine section, The Hindu, January 08, 2012, http://www.thehindu.com/arts/magazine/article2774504.ece?homepage=true Interviewed for a feature, “Millions of aborted girls imbalance India” in Al-Jazeera, October 24, 2011 http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/10/201110415385524923.html

Research Interests

Gender discrimination, gender-based violence, sex selection, young people and development

Current Research Projects

Young Punjabis and Sex Selection in Canada

Summary: 
The study aims to understand the experiences and views of Canadian Punjabi women and men on issues around the practice of sex selection in their community. The exploration is being undertaken from the standpoint of women and men in the age group 18-35 years in the Peel Region of Ontario.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Collaborator Institution: Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS)

'Scarce Women' and 'Surplus Men'

Summary: 
An examination of the social transformation underway in response to female deficit and surplus men in China, India and Vietnam. The India study focuses on the states of Punjab and Tamil Nadu.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-applicant

Collaborator: Dr. Daniele Belanger
Collaborator Institution: University of Western Ontario
Collaborator Role: Principal Investigator

All Publications

Books

2012 Daughter Deficit: Sex Selection in Tamil Nadu Pp.294. New Delhi: Women Unlimited.

Journal Articles

2011 Ensuring Daughter Survival in Tamil Nadu, India (with Arjun S.Bedi) Oxford Development Studies, 39(3): 253-283.

2010 Daughter Elimination: Cradle Baby Scheme in Tamil Nadu (with Arjun S.Bedi), Economic and Political Weekly, 45(23): 17-20.

2009 Girl Child Protection Scheme in Tamil Nadu: An Appraisal (with Arjun S.Bedi), Economic and Political Weekly, 44(48): 10-12.

2009 Tamil Nadu and the diagonal divide in sex ratios (with Arjun S.Bedi), Special article in Economic and Political Weekly, 44(3): 56-63.

2008 Daughter elimination in Tamil Nadu, India: A tale of two ratios (with Arjun S.Bedi), Journal of Development Studies, 44 (7): 961–990.

2007 Domestic violence and dowry: Evidence from a South Indian village (with Arjun S.Bedi), World Development, 35 (5): 857-880

2005 Daughters or dowries? The changing nature of dowry practices in south India, World Development, 33(4): 593-615.

2001 Gender inequality and child mortality, Economic and Political Weekly, 36(51): 4767-68.

Conference Papers

January 2011 Dowry, Daughter Elimination and Gender Transformation in South India, Mellon-Sawyer Seminar: Gender Bias in the Past and Future of Asia, Stanford University.

August 2010 Women’s Agency and Daughter Survival, MA program in Development Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

March - Daughters and discrimination in India, Graduate Women’s Studies Seminar Series, York University.

April - Daughters and discrimination in India, Department for Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, University of Western Ontario.

October - Ensuring Daughter Preference, Symposium on Gender and Sustainable Social Development: Consequences and Public Policies, organized by the Institute for Population and Development Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

July - Ensuring Daughter Survival, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

October - Ensuring Daughter Survival in India, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Asian Studies, Ottawa.

May 2009 Organised and presented paper in panels— Sex selection in Asia and Children and youth in development studies and policy— at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for the study of international development (CASID), Ottawa.

March 2009 Experts panel on “Transforming son preference into non-preference” at the International conference, Making recommendations work—The girl child conference, 9-10 March 2009, The Hague, The Netherlands. Organized by the Dutch Ministry of foreign affairs.

March 2009 Childhood experiences of daughter elimination in Tamil Nadu, India at the International Development Studies program, St.Mary’s University, Halifax.

January 2008 Co-organized and presented a paper (Strategies to prevent daughter elimination in Tamil Nadu) at the workshop on preventing daughter elimination in India, Mumbai.

December 2007 Invited to present a paper Tackling daughter deficit in Tamil Nadu, India at a workshop on sex selection in India, Organized by Action Aid and Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi.

October 2007 Declining daughter deficit in Tamil Nadu, India? Presented in the Development Research Seminar Series, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.

October 2006 From event to practice: Daughter elimination in Tamil Nadu, India at the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.

July 2006 Invited to present a paper at the Asia-Pacific Childhoods: An ethnography of childhood Workshop, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

February 2005 Ensuring daughter survival in India: Strategies, challenges and dilemmas, presented in the Global Development, Population & Rural Livelihoods Seminar Series, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.

August 2004 To conform or to confront? Women’s autonomy in daughter elimination in India, Presented at the 12th annual conference of the International Association of Feminist Economics (IAFFE), Oxford.

January 2003 Changing nature of dowry: Evidence from a south Indian village, Presented the 6th International Conference on Dowry, Bride burning and Son preference, Organized by the School of Oriental and African Studies, New Delhi.

Book Reviews

2011 Review of Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Population ageing and international development: From generalization to evidence, Population, place and space, 17: 689-690.

2009 Review of Mary Elizabeth Shepherd, Sex-selective abortion in India: The impact on child mortality, Development and Change 40(3): 601-602.

2008 Review of Tulsi Patel (ed.), Sex-selective abortion in India: Gender, society and new reproductive technologies, Gender and Development, 16(1): 214-215.


Her research focuses on gender-based discrimination and violence including young people's experiences of them. Her current work examines the relative value of daughters and sons among the Indian diaspora in Canada, as well as the social transformation underway in India in context of daughter deficits. She has published in World Development, Economic and Political Weekly and Journal of Development Studies.

Area of Specialization

Social Science

Degrees

Ph.D. in Development Studies, Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands
M.A. in Women and Development (Development Studies), Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands
M.A. in Social Work (Urban and Rural Community Development), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
BA in Psychology, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India

Professional Leadership

Refereed papers for Development and Change, World Development, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Population Research, SSHRC. Faculty adviser, Undercurrent: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Development Studies. Coordinator, Development Seminar, Development Studies, York University. June 2010- Member, Curriculum committee, Graduate program in Women’s Studies, York University. June 2010- Member, Executive committee, Department of Social Science, York University.

Community Contributions

“Daughters unwanted”, Interview for the Magazine section, The Hindu, January 08, 2012, http://www.thehindu.com/arts/magazine/article2774504.ece?homepage=true Interviewed for a feature, “Millions of aborted girls imbalance India” in Al-Jazeera, October 24, 2011 http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/10/201110415385524923.html

Research Interests:

Gender discrimination, gender-based violence, sex selection, young people and development

Current Research Projects

Young Punjabis and Sex Selection in Canada

Summary: 
The study aims to understand the experiences and views of Canadian Punjabi women and men on issues around the practice of sex selection in their community. The exploration is being undertaken from the standpoint of women and men in the age group 18-35 years in the Peel Region of Ontario.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Collaborator Institution: Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS)

'Scarce Women' and 'Surplus Men'

Summary: 
An examination of the social transformation underway in response to female deficit and surplus men in China, India and Vietnam. The India study focuses on the states of Punjab and Tamil Nadu.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-applicant

Collaborator: Dr. Daniele Belanger
Collaborator Institution: University of Western Ontario
Collaborator Role: Principal Investigator

All Publications

Books

2012 Daughter Deficit: Sex Selection in Tamil Nadu Pp.294. New Delhi: Women Unlimited.

Journal Articles

2011 Ensuring Daughter Survival in Tamil Nadu, India (with Arjun S.Bedi) Oxford Development Studies, 39(3): 253-283.

2010 Daughter Elimination: Cradle Baby Scheme in Tamil Nadu (with Arjun S.Bedi), Economic and Political Weekly, 45(23): 17-20.

2009 Girl Child Protection Scheme in Tamil Nadu: An Appraisal (with Arjun S.Bedi), Economic and Political Weekly, 44(48): 10-12.

2009 Tamil Nadu and the diagonal divide in sex ratios (with Arjun S.Bedi), Special article in Economic and Political Weekly, 44(3): 56-63.

2008 Daughter elimination in Tamil Nadu, India: A tale of two ratios (with Arjun S.Bedi), Journal of Development Studies, 44 (7): 961–990.

2007 Domestic violence and dowry: Evidence from a South Indian village (with Arjun S.Bedi), World Development, 35 (5): 857-880

2005 Daughters or dowries? The changing nature of dowry practices in south India, World Development, 33(4): 593-615.

2001 Gender inequality and child mortality, Economic and Political Weekly, 36(51): 4767-68.

Conference Papers

January 2011 Dowry, Daughter Elimination and Gender Transformation in South India, Mellon-Sawyer Seminar: Gender Bias in the Past and Future of Asia, Stanford University.

August 2010 Women’s Agency and Daughter Survival, MA program in Development Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

March - Daughters and discrimination in India, Graduate Women’s Studies Seminar Series, York University.

April - Daughters and discrimination in India, Department for Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, University of Western Ontario.

October - Ensuring Daughter Preference, Symposium on Gender and Sustainable Social Development: Consequences and Public Policies, organized by the Institute for Population and Development Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

July - Ensuring Daughter Survival, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

October - Ensuring Daughter Survival in India, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Asian Studies, Ottawa.

May 2009 Organised and presented paper in panels— Sex selection in Asia and Children and youth in development studies and policy— at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for the study of international development (CASID), Ottawa.

March 2009 Experts panel on “Transforming son preference into non-preference” at the International conference, Making recommendations work—The girl child conference, 9-10 March 2009, The Hague, The Netherlands. Organized by the Dutch Ministry of foreign affairs.

March 2009 Childhood experiences of daughter elimination in Tamil Nadu, India at the International Development Studies program, St.Mary’s University, Halifax.

January 2008 Co-organized and presented a paper (Strategies to prevent daughter elimination in Tamil Nadu) at the workshop on preventing daughter elimination in India, Mumbai.

December 2007 Invited to present a paper Tackling daughter deficit in Tamil Nadu, India at a workshop on sex selection in India, Organized by Action Aid and Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi.

October 2007 Declining daughter deficit in Tamil Nadu, India? Presented in the Development Research Seminar Series, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.

October 2006 From event to practice: Daughter elimination in Tamil Nadu, India at the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.

July 2006 Invited to present a paper at the Asia-Pacific Childhoods: An ethnography of childhood Workshop, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

February 2005 Ensuring daughter survival in India: Strategies, challenges and dilemmas, presented in the Global Development, Population & Rural Livelihoods Seminar Series, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.

August 2004 To conform or to confront? Women’s autonomy in daughter elimination in India, Presented at the 12th annual conference of the International Association of Feminist Economics (IAFFE), Oxford.

January 2003 Changing nature of dowry: Evidence from a south Indian village, Presented the 6th International Conference on Dowry, Bride burning and Son preference, Organized by the School of Oriental and African Studies, New Delhi.

Book Reviews

2011 Review of Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Population ageing and international development: From generalization to evidence, Population, place and space, 17: 689-690.

2009 Review of Mary Elizabeth Shepherd, Sex-selective abortion in India: The impact on child mortality, Development and Change 40(3): 601-602.

2008 Review of Tulsi Patel (ed.), Sex-selective abortion in India: Gender, society and new reproductive technologies, Gender and Development, 16(1): 214-215.