Rishita  Nandagiri

Rishita Nandagiri

LSE Fellow

Department of International Development

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English, Hindi
Key Expertise
Abortion, India, SRHR, feminism, reproductive justice, agency, policy

About me

Rishita Nandagiri is an LSE Fellow in Health and International Development (HID) at the Department of International Development. Her research focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Rishita’s doctoral research (Department of Social Policy, LSE) is an interdisciplinary, multimethod study investigating women’s abortion trajectories in Karnataka, India. Drawing on feminist and reproductive justice lenses, she analyses the role of stigma and social norms in shaping abortion care-seeking and policy construction.

She possesses over ten years of research, policy and advocacy-related experience, having previously worked with and consulted for the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, the United Nations Population Fund, FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund, and Women Deliver. Most recently, she was a research assistant on the ICO-funded Children’s data and privacy online project at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications.

Rishita is a member of the BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health journal's editorial advisory board. She is also an external graduate member of the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies, and Health at the University of Sussex.

Rishita serves on the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population’s panel on Abortion Research. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her academic interests include feminist research paradigms, anthropological demography, social movements, and conceptualising agency and autonomy. 

Rishita is fluent in English, Hindi and Telugu. 

Selected publications

  • Nandagiri, Rishita. (2019). “Like a mother-daughter relationship”: Community health intermediaries' knowledge of and attitudes to abortion in Karnataka, India. Social Science & Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112525
  • Stoilova, M., Nandagiri, R., and Livingstone, S (2019) Children’s understanding of personal data and privacy online – a systematic evidence mapping. Information, Communication, & Society (forthcoming) https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2019.1657164 
  • Livingstone, S., Stoilova, M., and Nandagiri, R. (2019) Data and privacy literacy: the role of the school in educating children in a datafied society. In: IAMCR-Wiley Handbook on Media Education Research. Wiley. (forthcoming)
  • Nandagiri, Rishita. (2017) Post-what? Global advocacy and its disconnects: the Cairo legacy and the post-2015 agenda. In: Harcourt, Wendy, (ed.) Bodies in Resistance: Gender and Sexual Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism. Gender, Development and Social Change. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, UK, pp. 235-249. ISBN 9781137477798
  • Nandagiri, Rishita. (2012). The politics of being “young”: Is a “youth” category really necessary for “development”? Feminist Africa, 17, 114-121. Retrieved from http://awdflibrary.org/bitstream/handle/123456789/90/Feminist Africa issue 17 2012.pdf
  • Nandagiri, R., Livingstone, S. and Stoilova, M.(2018) 11 key readings on children’s data and privacy online. LSE Media Policy Project Blog (18 Dec 2018).
  • Nandagiri, Rishita (2017) Why feminism: some notes from ‘the field’ on doing feminist research. Engenderings (12 Oct 2017).

Expertise Details

Stigma; qualitative research; movement building; adolescents; youth leadership