School of Social and Political Science

Dr Sangeeta Chatterji

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Lecturer (Assistant Professor)


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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Violence against women (VAW); causes and consequences of VAW; developing and testing interventions to prevent VAW; improving the measurement of VAW; women’s economic mobility.


My research, practice, and teaching are geared toward ensuring that girls and women are safe, violence-free, and economically secure. Over the past ten years, my work has focused on understanding the dimensions and causes of violence against women and children, testing interventions that can prevent violence, and examining structural and economic inequalities that underlie gender inequality and violence against women and children. 

My research agenda is two-pronged. First, I seek to identify, develop, and test interventions that work toward preventing violence against women and children in India and globally. I have worked on the evaluation of two couples-based intimate partner violence prevention programs, Indashyikirwa in Rwanda and CHARM2 in western India. I am also interested in developing and testing novel methods to measure violence against women and children. My second line of research is focused on the impact of gender inequality on women’s education and labour market outcomes. In addition to my research, I have experience implementing violence prevention programs in the non-profit sector in India. I am committed to social justice issues through my research, teaching, and practice experiences. 


I obtained my PhD in Social Work from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA. I completed my postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California San Diego. I completed my MSW at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. 

Research Supervision:

I am interested in supervising students who want to research topics related to violence against women, measurement of different types of violence, violence prevention; the impact of violence on mental health and well-being; health inequities. 

If you are interested in being supervised by Sangeeta Chatterji, please see the links below (open in new windows) for more information:


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Staff Hours and Guidance

I am available to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in Semester 1. Please email me to set up an appointment. 

Publications by user content

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Raj A, Chatterji S, Johns NE, Yore J, Dey AK, Williams DR. The associations of everyday and major discrimination exposure with violence and poor mental health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Science & Medicine. 2022 Dec 15;318. 115620.
Dey AK, Bhan N, Rao N, Ghule M, Chatterji S, Raj A. Factors affecting delayed and non-receipt of healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic for women in rural Maharashtra, India: Evidence from a cross-sectional study. EClinicalMedicine. 2022 Nov 16;53:1-12. 101741.
Ferrari G, Torres-Rueda S, Chirwa E, Gibbs A, Orangi S, Barasa E et al. Prevention of violence against women and girls: A cost-effectiveness study across 6 low- and middle-income countries. PLoS Medicine. 2022 Mar 24;19(3):1-31. e1003827.
Chatterji S, Johns N, Ghule M, Begum S, Averbach S, Battala M et al. Examining the longitudinal relationship between intimate partner violence and couples’ marital quality in rural India. Journal of Family Violence. 2022 Jan 18.
Chatterji S, Heise L. Examining the bi-directional relationship between intimate partner violence and depression: Findings from a longitudinal study among women and men in rural Rwanda. SSM - Mental Health. 2021 Dec;1. 100038.
Chatterji S, McDougal L, Johns N, Ghule M, Rao N, Raj A. COVID-19-related financial hardship, job loss, and mental health symptoms: Findings from a cross-sectional study in a rural agrarian community in India. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021 Aug 16;18(16). 8647.
Gibbs A, Dunkle K, Ramsoomar L, Willan S, Shai NJ, Chatterji S et al. New learnings on drivers of men’s physical and/or sexual violence against their female partners, and women’s experiences of this, and the implications for prevention interventions. Global Health Action. 2020 Dec 31;13(1). 1739845.
Dunkle K, Stern E, Chatterji S, Heise L. Effective prevention of intimate partner violence through couples training: A randomised controlled trial of Indashyikirwa in Rwanda. BMJ Global Health. 2020 Dec 22;5(12):1-22. e002439.
Stern E, Heise L, Dunkle K, Chatterji S. How the Indashyikirwa intimate partner violence prevention programme in Rwanda influenced parenting and violence against children. Journal of Family Violence. 2020 Nov 4;37(2):195-206.
Chatterji S, Heise L, Gibbs A, Dunkle K. Exploring differential impacts of interventions to reduce and prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) on sub-groups of women and men: A case study using impact evaluations from Rwanda and South Africa. SSM - population health. 2020 Aug 8;11.
Kim J, Chatterji S. Gender and educational variations in the earnings premiums of occupational credentials. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy. 2020 Jul;20(3):1-21. 20190187.
Muchomba FM, Chatterji S. Disability among children of immigrants from India and China: Is there excess disability among girls? Population Studies. 2020 Jun 2;74(2):263-281.
Chatterji S, Stern E, Dunkle K, Heise L. Community activism as a strategy to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural Rwanda: Results of a community randomised trial. Journal of Global Health. 2020 Mar 30;10(1):1-17.
Ranade K, Shah C, Chatterji S. Making sense: Familial journeys towards acceptance of gay and lesbian family members in India. The Indian Journal of Social Work. 2016 Oct 1;77(4):437-458.
Chatterji S, Bay-Cheng LY, Schick V, Dodge B, Baldwin A, Van Der Pol B et al. The year’s best: Interpersonal elements of bisexual women’s most satisfying sexual experiences in the past year. Journal of Sex Research. 2016 Aug 5;54(7):887-898.
Alessi EJ, Kahn S, Chatterji S. 'The darkest times of my life': Recollections of child abuse among forced migrants persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Child Abuse and Neglect. 2016 Jan 4;51:93-105.
Daruwalla N, Chakravarty S, Chatterji S, More NS, Alcock G, Hawkes S et al. Violence against women with disability in Mumbai, India: A qualitative study. SAGE Open. 2013 Aug 5;3(3):1-9.