In 2007, the Jamsetji Tata Trust pledged £1.8 million to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to support research collaboration between LSE and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in India. A memorandum of understanding consolidating this partnership was signed by the 3 institutions in June of the same year.
A paramount part of the collaboration between LSE Health and TISS is to develop a programme of work on health policy in India and Dr Emma Pitchforth joined LSE Health in June 2008 as Jamsetji Tata Senior Research Fellow to take this forward within the collaboration.
With a core team of colleagues from LSE Health (Professor Elias Mossialos, Dr Mrigesh Bhatia, Divya Srivastava and Maria Lluch), Emma will work collaboratively with a group from TISS led by with Dr C.A.K. Yesudian, Dean of the School of Health Systems Studies. The areas of mutual interest and combined expertise between partners provide an exciting opportunity to develop high quality research in priority areas of health policy in India.
The research programme benefited greatly from multi-disciplinary perspectives, and colleagues from across LSE, TISS and other institutions also played an important and active role in the collaboration and research and its developments.
TISS - The Tata Institute of Social Sciences is a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission and was the first school of social work in India. Situated in Mumbai, TISS has nearly 120 faculty members who work closely with government bodies, academic institutions, NGOs and activist groups, bilateral and multilateral agencies, media and communities in various initiatives. TISS offers academic programmes in social work, personnel management and industrial relations, hospital and health administration and social sciences. www.tiss.edu
LSE Health - LSE Health is a research Centre located within LSE Health and Social Care, London School of Economics and Political Science. It is affiliated with the Departments of Social Policy, Management and the Accounting Group. It was established in 1995. The Centre's fundamental mission is the production and dissemination of high quality research in health and social care. The Centre's unique research base contributes to the LSE's established world presence and reputation in health policy, health economics and demography. Bringing together a core team of researchers and academics, LSE Health promotes and draws upon the multidisciplinary expertise of its staff members, associated academics and a number of PhD students. See LSE Health.
The partnership between LSE Health and TISS is part of a broader partnership between institutions formed to strengthen teaching, training and development of researchers working in common areas of social sciences. For details of other areas of partnership between TISS and LSE see the India Observatory.
The collaborative research addressed priority areas around health policy in India.
Areas of scientific focus included:
Pharmaceuticals and access to medicines
HIV prevention for women and children in India
These priorities reflect current health policy priorities in India and the research strengths of both institutions.