Research & Programme Assistants


Apala Kundu is Research and Programme Assistant at Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group. She completed her B.A. and M.A. in English from Presidency University. In her post-graduation dissertation, Apala attempted a comparative analysis of Western and Eastern religious systems through a study of Kieślowski’s Decalogue and Peter Brook’s Mahabharata, drawing on Levinasian understanding of ethics as the lens of her study. Her areas of interest are varied and include postcolonialism, migration and diaspora studies, gender and sexuality studies (including queer studies) and graphic narratives. She has presented research done on these areas at various national, international and UGC-sponsored conferences and seminars in the country. Apala has previously worked as Conference Assistant at CRG on the project ‘Capital in the East: A Conference on Marx’s Capital after 150 Years of Its Publication’.


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Ankita Manna is Research and Programme Assistant in Calcutta Research Group (CRG).She completed her M.Sc. in Economics from University of Calcutta. She had studied International Trade, Operations Research and Environment & Resource as special papers and Econometrics as compulsory paper in her Master’s. She took Economics Honours, Mathematics and Statistics in the course of B.Sc. Her Master’s project showedthe impact of trade in health services and entry of FDI, and its effects on the agricultural and manufacturing sectors of a developing country’s economy. Her under graduation term paper focused on migration in India due to employment crisis, based on Harris-Todaro model. She assisted in a research project which aimed to trace the rural dependency on forest resources and natural rural conservation. All these projects include economic modelling, statistical data analysis and market research. She is proficient with statistical analysis softwares R, Stata and Advanced Excel.


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Shatabdi Das is Research and Programme Assistant at Calcutta Research Group. She did her Graduation (with Honours) in Geography, from Banaras Hindu University and then went on to complete her Masters in Geography (with specialisation in Environmental Geography) from University of Calcutta. Having also studied the discipline of Urban Management and Planning, from the university, her research interests lie in the dynamics of urbanisation and their impacts on the urban environment. In her post-graduation dissertation, she has worked on the hazards of coal mining in the Raniganj Coalfields and continues with her research focussed on the very many implications of developmental changes on physical and social environment of urban locales. She was Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Economic Studies under University of Calcutta from August 2013 to October 2014. Besides participating in workshops along with paper presentations at national and international conferences, she has published research papers on urban and environmental issues in international journal and seminar proceedings volume. Shatabdi is also currently pursuing her Doctoral research in Geography from University of Calcutta on the impacts of industrial and urban development in Asansol-Durgapur region. She has post-graduation teaching experience in Geography and is drawn to the study of the varied genres of music, culture, art and architecture through travel and photography.


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Previous Research & Programme Assistants




Snehashish Mitra
Sucharita Sengupta
(01.01.16-31.12.17 & 07.1209-31.12.10)
Madhura Chakraborty
Madhurilata Basu
Shuvro Prosun Sarker

Debarati Bagchi
Anwesha Sengupta
Agnibho Gangopadhyay
Sagbida Lahiri
Suparna Banerjee