Dr Rishita Nandagiri

Dr Rishita Nandagiri

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Key Expertise
Abortion, Global Health, Reproduction

About me

Dr Rishita Nandagiri is a feminist researcher focusing on gender, abortion and reproduction in the Global South. Her interdisciplinary work is underpinned by feminist and reproductive justice approaches, interrogating how power and politics manifest and are wielded at individual, interpersonal, community, and macro levels. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Rishita was previously an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2021, LSE’s Department of Methodology) and an LSE Fellow in Health and International Development (2019-2020, Department of International Development). Her doctoral research (Department of Social Policy, 2019) was a multimethod study investigating women’s abortion-related trajectories to care in Karnataka, India. During her ESRC postdoctoral fellowship, she extended this work to co-produce visual abortion resources with an Indian abortion non-profit organisation. She co-founded (with Joe Strong) the Abortion Book Club, examining depictions of abortion in fiction. 

Rishita is currently analysing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on abortion. Her abortion and reproduction-focused research agenda follows five interconnected streams: (i) theorising safety and risk, (ii) reconceptualising self-managed abortion, (iii) mapping trajectories to care, (iv) examining the roles of lay community health in care provision, and (v) reproductive governance.

Methodologically, she is interested in multi-method research designs that incorporate co-production and participatory methods in addition to questionnaires, interviews, archival research, and policy analysis.

Rishita serves on the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population’s panel on Abortion Research.  She is also an editorial advisory board member of BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, a council member of the British Society for Population Studies, and co-convenes the Development Studies Association’s Women and Development Study Group. She possesses over ten years of research, policy and advocacy-related experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), having previously worked with and consulted for the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, the United Nations Population Fund, and FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund. In 2018-2019, she was a Research Assistant on the ICO-funded Children’s Data and Privacy Online project at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications. 


Nandagiri, R. (2021). Gender, health, and development in the context of pandemic: Reflecting on the International Day of Action for Women's Health. World Medical & Health Policy. DOI: 10.1002/wmh3.462 

Nandagiri, R. (2021). Fiona Bloomer , Claire Pierson and Sylvia Estrada Claudio (2020), Reimagining Global Abortion Politics: A Social Justice Perspective, Bristol: Policy Press, £24.99, pp. 176, pbk. Journal of Social Policy 1–3. DOI: 10.1017/S0047279421000374

Nandagiri, R., and Berro-Pizzarossa, L (2021). Self-Managed Abortion: a constellation of actors, a cacophony of laws?. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. DOI:10.1080/26410397.2021.1899764

Nandagiri, R., Coast, E., & Strong, J. (2020). COVID-19 and Abortion: Making Structural Violence Visible. International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 46(Supplement 1), 83. DOI: 10.1363/46e1320

Stoilova, M., Livingstone, S., and Nandagiri, R. (2020) Digital by default: children’s capacity to understand and manage online data and privacy. Media and Communication. 8(4), 197-207. DOI: 10.17645/mac.v8i4.3407

Livingstone, S., Stoilova, M., & Nandagiri, R. (2020). Data and privacy literacy: The role of the school in educating children in a datafied society. The Handbook of Media Education Research, 413-425.

Nandagiri, R. (2019) “Like a mother-daughter relationship”: Community health intermediaries’ knowledge of and attitudes to abortion in Karnataka, India. Social Science and Medicine. 239, 112525. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112525 

Stoilova, M., Nandagiri, R., & Livingstone, S. (2019) Children’s understanding of personal data and privacy online – a systematic evidence mapping, Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2019.1657164 

Nandagiri, R. (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, R. (2012) The politics of being “young”: Is a “youth” category really necessary for “development”? Feminist Africa, 17, 114-121.


Conferences and Public Events

Nandagiri, R., Strong, J., Leone, T, and Coast, E. (2021) Recent UK cuts to global health funding will cause irrevocable damage under the guise of ‘tough but necessary decisions’ (27 May 2021). https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/uk-oda-cuts/

Nandagiri, R., Coast, E., and Strong, J. (2020) Abortion in the time of COVID-19: a study in structural violence. LSE COVID-19 blog (17 Dec 2020). https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/covid19/2020/12/17/abortion-in-the-time-of-covid-19-a-study-in-structural-violence/

Wenham, C., Coast, E., Footman, L., Leone, T., Nandagiri, R., and Strong, J. (2020) Abortion and COVID-19: why we need to support women’s right to abortion in health emergencies. LSE British Politics and Policy Blog (27 Mar 2020). https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/abortion-and-covid-19/

Strong, J., Nandagiri, R., and Sochas, L. (2019) Reproductive Health and Rights: What’s Social Policy got to do with it? LSE Social Policy Blog (30 Aug 2019). https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/socialpolicy/2019/08/30/reproductive-health-and-rights-whats-social-policy-got-to-do-with-it/

Stoilova, M., Livingstone, S., and Nandagiri, R. (2019) Children’s personal privacy online- it’s neither personal nor private LSE Media Policy Project Blog (28 Jan 2019). https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/medialse/2019/01/28/childrens-personal-privacy-online-its-neither-personal-nor-private/

Livingstone, S, Stoilova, M and Nandagiri, R. (2018) Children’s conception of privacy online. OECD Expert consultation – “Protection of children in a connected world.” University of Zurich, October 2018.

Livingstone, S, Stoilova, M and Nandagiri, R. (2018) Consultation response to the Information Commissioner’s Office Call for evidence on Age-Appropriate Design Code.

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). https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/medialse/2018/12/18/11-key-readings-on-childrens-data-and-privacy-online/

Nandagiri, R. (2017) Why feminism: some notes from ‘the field’ on doing feminist research. Engenderings (12 Oct 2017). https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/gender/2017/10/12/why-feminism-some-notes-from-the-field-on-doing-feminist-research/


ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020-2021)

LSE Class Teacher Award, Department of International Development (2020) 

LSE Research Investment and Infrastructure Funds, “Gender, Neo-Malthusianism & Climate Emergency” (2020)

Best PhD Poster Prize, British Society for Population Studies annual conference (2018)

LSE PhD Studentship (2015-2019)