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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.




Augustin Millik
(Research Associate)

Augustin Millik is a research associate currently working on the “Traditional Land Management System and type of Alienation” in the North East. He has completed his B.A from B.Borooah College, Guwahati and majored in History. And he pursued his Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati in Peace and Conflict Studies. His master thesis is titled “Celebrating the Karbi Youth Festival: Reimagining Identity”. His area of interest are Land rights, Identity politics, Law and Human Rights.



Dr. 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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Ms. Annesha Borah
(Research Associate)

Annesha Borah has been working in NESRC as a research associate from 1st September, 2017. She is also pursuing her PhD in Geography from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.  Her research topic is ‘Heritage tourism in Sonitpur district of Assam’. She has completed her M.phil in Geography in the year 2014 from the same university during which she worked on ‘Socio-economic characteristics of street vendors in Shillong’. She completed her masters in geography as a gold medalist from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong in 2012.   Her areas of interests are culture and heritage, tourism, environment and society, urban studies, sustainable development.





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. 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.





Mr.Peter Lakra
(Assistant Publications & Documentation)

Mr.Peter Lakra completed his higher secondary from Sarvapalli.Radhakrisnan Academy, Guwahati. He works as a publication assistant in NESRC. He alsoassists in documenting research materials for the NESRC research associates






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