By training, Gayatri is a sociologist and has specialized in qualitative research with vulnerable communities in India and the UK. She completed her B.A. (Hons) in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women from Delhi University and her Masters in Culture, Globalisation and the City from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
After college, Gayatri lived in London for six years and worked as qualitative researcher for the Social Research Institute at Ipsos MORI. She returned to India in 2008. Since returning, Gayatri has worked with NGOs conducting research regarding: children of sex workers in Kolkatta's Songachi red light district; urban and rural nutrition among middle and low-income families; equitable health protection for families living below the poverty line; and maternal health and education for nomadic shepherd communities.
Fortunately for us, Gayatri visited CHM in 2012. She says that, from her first visit, she has been inspired by the dedication of the people who live and work here and the concrete differences they make in people's lives.
Since that visit, she has been sharing her many talents with us from home. In February 2016, she and her husband, Aswan Korula, will move to Mungeli from Mumbai. Aswana, a submariner taking early retirement from the Indian Navy, will teach maths, physics, computers and robotics at the Rambo Memorial School. Gayatri will continue to raise funds, build capacity among the staff, guide international students and conduct research into the issues facing women living in poverty.
We are very fortunate indeed to have Gayatri with us.