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NESRC started functioning on March 1, 2000 with Dr Walter Fernandes as Director and Sanjay Barbora as research associate.
Postal Address: North Eastern Social Research Centre, 110 Kharghuli Road (1st floor), Guwahati 781004, Assam, India. Tel. (0361) 2602819. Email:

Dr. Melvil Pereira

Dr. Pereira began serving as Director of NESRC in 2012. He earned his Doctoral Degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and did his Post Doctoral Research at Creighton University, Omaha, USA. His specialization is on ‘Customary Laws of the Tribal Peoples of North East India’. His other research interests include ethnicity, migration, climate justice, gender justice, land alienation, self-governing institutions of tribal communities, citizenship and nationalism. He has co-authored three books - Changing Land Relations in North East India, Customary Law and Gender Impact and Search for New Society: A Tribal Theology for North East India. He has written a number of articles for reputed journals and newspapers. At present, he is member of Assam State Backward Class Commission.



   Dr. Walter Fernandes
   (Founder Director)

Dr. Fernandes founded the North Eastern Social Research Centre in 2000 and served as its Director through 2011. Now as a Senior Fellow, Dr. Fernandes continues to pursue diverse research topics. Currently he is studying development-induced displacement in North East India. Formerly, Dr Fernandes was the Director of Indian Social Institute, Delhi, and the Editor of its quarterly, Social Action. He has done extensive studies on tribal rights, livelihood issues, land rights, climate justice and peace initiatives. He has written or edited several books and articles on these issues.  Some of his recent books are Search for Peace with Justice; Relations Across Borders; Uprooted for Whose Cost?



Prof. Alphonsus D’Souza
(Senior Fellow)

Prof. D’Souza is serving as Senior Fellow and Librarian at North Eastern Social Research Centre from 2008. He was Associate Director of NESRC from 2000 to 2007. He taught Sociology at St Aloysius College, Mangalore (1972-1995) and at St Joseph’s College, Jakhama (1995-2007). He has conducted independent research on religion and social change. His present research interests are related to tradition and change among the tribal communities of North East India. He has written or edited several books and one of the often referred books is Traditional Systems of Forest Conservation in North East India.




Dr. Rajendra Prasad Athparia
(Senior Fellow)

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Athparia is a Senior Fellow at NESRC. He obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Dibrugarh University, Assam. He is former Head of Office of Anthropological Survey of India (ASI), North Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong. He has done considerable work in political Anthropology, ethnicity, folklore and ethnography. He has edited the Assam State Volumes (2 Volumes) of People of India series published by ASI. At present he is the coordinator of a study on “Gender Implication of Tribal Customary Law”. He is a member of Juvenile Justice Board, Kamrup (Rural), and a Language Expert of North Eastern India in Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. He was instrumental in establishing the ethnographic Museum at Rama Krishna Mission, Cherrapunji.



Ms. Sunumi Changmi
(Research Associate)

Ms Changmi has completed her Master’s degree in Anthropology from North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong and her M.Phil at Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies in Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar. Since 1st April 2012 she is working with North Eastern Social Research Centre as Research Associate for the project “Gender Implications and Customary Law”. Her areas of interest are gender studies, migration & refugees.





Ms. Madhusmita Chowdhury
Research Associate

Ms Madhusmita Chowdhury is a research associate in the project on Budget for the Welfare of Children in North East India at North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC). She completed her Bachelor's Degree from Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University. She has done her Masters in Sociology from Jamia Millia Islamia and M.Phil in Development Studies from Centre of Jawaharlal Nehru Studies (CJNS), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She is interested in studying Child Rights and Social Change. Her other areas of interest include Tea Garden Workers in Assam and Development and Gender Studies.





Ms. Meenal Tula
Senior Research Associate.

Meenal Tula is pursuing her Ph D in Gender Studies at the University of Hyderabad. She has recently submitted her thesis titled, 'Precarious Control, Anxious Desire: Courtesans and Emerging Publics in Late Colonial India'. She has done her M.Phil in English Literature from EFLU, Hyderabad. Her research interests include Women’s History, Gender and Sexuality, Gender and Law, Gendering Women’s Bodies, Feminist Research Methodology, Visual Culture, and Popular Culture.



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Angshuman Sarma
Research Associate.

Angshuman Sarma serves as Research Associate at NESRC. He has done his masters from Humanities and Social Science Department of Indian Institute of Technology in Development Studies and MPhil from Economics department of Sikkim University. He is presently engaged in a research Project titled “Causes and Extent of Health Vulnerability: Status of Women and Children in Tea Gardens of Assam”. His research interest are: Informal economy, Rural Development, Social Security, Identity issues and Health Economics.


Ms. Jyotikona Chetia
(Research Associate)

Jyotikona Chetia is a research associate at North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati. Currently she is on Gender Implication of Tribal Customary Law. She completed her Bachelor's Degree from Handique Girls’ College, Gauhati University and pursued her Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Prior to her working at NESRC, she served as a programme manager at TISS, Guwahati campus. Her areas of interest include gender studies, child rights and migration.


Ms. Anindita Datta
(Research Associate)

Ms. Anindita Datta has completed her graduation in Philosophy from Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi and her masters in Peace and conflict studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati. From June 2016 she has been working with NESRC on the study on Conflict Mapping in North East India.  She did her research in “Lives near the vicinity of Border case study of Boxanagar (Tripura) Indo- Bangladesh border” where she tried to focus on how people deal with their daily human rights violation caused by border fencing and also to analyse the interplay of socio economic realities and social experiences. She is presently engaged in two studies of NESRC, namely, Conflict Mapping of Northeast India and 'Bru-Mizo conflict and peace processes'. Her areas of interest are migration, peace studies, gender studies and conflict resolution.


Ms. Asojüni Kashena (Rachel)
(Research Associate)

Ms Asojüni Kashena (Rachel) is serving as a research associate at NESRC. She is engaged in a research project titled "The Processes of Conflict and Peace Making in Northeast India". She did her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Botany at St. Edmund's College, Shillong. She earned her Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati campus. Her research interests include peace building avenues, militarization, gender issues, identity issues, boundary issues and culture.


Ms. Ashpriya Rohman
(Office Manager cum Accountant)

Ms. Rohman is in charge of day-to-day operations of the NESRC office with duties ranging from Reception and Secretarial work to Accounting and financial services. She also aids in documenting research materials. She has Done her B.Com from Sonari Commerce College under Dibrugarh University.






Ms. Rita Xess
(Office Assistant)

Ms. Xess is Office Assistant at North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati. She also works as library assistant and helps in documentation department. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from K C Das Commerce College, Guwahati.





Ms. Mala Das
(Assistant Librarian and Documentation)

Ms.Mala Das is responsible for assisting Prof. D’Souza in cataloguing and maintaining the Centre’s library collection. She also assists in documenting research materials for the NESRC research associates.

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