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Dr Walter Fernandes

Dr Walter Fernandes , present Director of North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC), Guwahati, Assam, was formerly Director of Research at Animation and Research Centre, Yangon Myanmar (2013-15) and Founder-Director of NESRC (2000-2011). Before moving to the Northeast, he was Director, Director of Research and of Tribal Studies at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi (1977-99) and Editor of Social Action (1985-93). He has worked extensively on tribal issues, gender issues, development-induced displacement and conflicts and peace. He has to his credit more than 50 books, over 200 professional articles and 150 newspaper articles on these issues. He has also been a member of several Government India Committees the last one being the National Commission for Land Reforms chaired by the Prime Minister (2008-14). He has been a visiting lecturer in some universities in India and abroad.

Email: walter.nesrc@gmail.com
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P. Lalpekhlui

P. Lalpekhlui completed her post-graduation in Political Science from Gauhati University, Guwahati and joined M. Phil. in Social Sciences at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus. Currently, she has submitted her PhD thesis at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She is currently working as a Senior Research Associate on the Oil Palm Plantations in Northeast India. Her area of interest includes the changing relationship between territory and citizenship and explores the processes, magnitudes and forms of negotiation in the borderland.

Email: nnlalpek05gmail.com
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Timothy Khongsai

Timothy Khongsai is a postgraduate from the School of Human Ecology at Ambedkar University, Delhi. He is currently working as a Research Associate at NESRC for a project on Oil Palm Plantations in Northeast India. His research interests include political ecology, agrarian studies, and environmental history. He has explored parallels between communities and the environment in North, Central, and Northeast India, with a focus on gender, marginality, livelihood, and sustainability.

Email: tmothylh@gmail.com
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Dejna Daulagupu

Dejna Daulagupu is currently working as a Research Associate in a study exploring the relationship between women and ecology in hill-communities of Northeast India. She completed her Bachelors’ and Masters’ in Anthropology from Hansraj College and Miranda House, University of Delhi, respectively. Her research interests lie at the nexus of agro-ecological issues, indigeneity, gender and development in Northeast India.

Email: dej.hicube@gmail.com
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Nipasa Dutta

Nipasa Dutta is a Research Associate at NESRC. She did her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, and her Master’s in Women’s Studies from Guwahati University. Her most recent work with NESRC has been published in a book form entitled Continuities of Migration: Women, Work, and Belonging in Northeast India. Currently, she is the project director in a study related to women and ecology in Northeast India. Her research is centered on gender issues, leisure studies, women, identity, and community in the Northeast.

Email: nipasadutta@gmail.com
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Hunti Haisa

Hunti Haisa is a Research Coordinator and is currently working on the project “Empowering for Peace Building in North East India”. She did her Master's in Peace and Conflict studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati. She has worked as Research Assistant for the project “Practicing Food Sovereignty: Indigenous Peoples and Agro ecological Relationships in the Eastern Himalayas” for three months.

Email: huntihaisa123@gmail.com
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Ashpriya Rohman

Ashpriya Rohman is working as Finance Officer at NESRC. She is also in-charge of day to day operations of the centre. She deals with all the financial, administrative and secretarial work. She has done her B.Com (Accountancy Hons) from Sonari Commerce College, Charaideo under Dibrugarh University. She has been working in NESRC since 2011.

Email: ashpiyarohman.sib@gmail.com
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Rita Xess

Rita Xess is currently working as a Librarian at the Centre. She has completed her Bachelors of Commerce from K.C. Das Commerce College and Bachelor of Library and Information Science from IGNOU, Guwahati. She has been working in NESRC since 2015.

Email: ritaxessghy@gmail.com
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Nirab Bora

Nirab Bora from Guwahati finished his B.Com(Hons) from Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Academy, Guwahati. He is currently working as Publication Assistant and is also responsible for maintaining documentation at the Centre.

Email: boranirab87@gmail.com
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Mary Nomita Devi

Mary Nomita Devi is working as a documentation assistant at North Eastern Social Research Centre. She has completed her Bachelors in Philosophy from Handique Girls College, Guwahati.

Email: marynomita1404@gmail.com
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Mrinmoy Kalita

Mrinmoy Kalita completed his Bachelor of Science in Statistics from B.Borooah College, Guwahati. He is currently working as a documentation assistant.

Email: mrinmoy1249@gmail.com
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Meenal Tula

Meenal Tula is currently an Honourary Research Fellow at the centre. She was employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the project Practising Food Sovereignty: Indigenous Peoples and Agroecological Relationships in Eastern Himalayas,funded by the Swedish Research Council, from January 2022-December 2023. Before that she worked as a Senior Research Associate since 2016, working on a range of areas from gender, livelihoods, customs and indigenous ontologies. She is interested in anthropological and historical approaches to studying the politics of gender, identity and community.

Email: meenal.tula@gmail.com
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Dixita Deka

Dixita Deka is an Honorary Research Fellow. Earlier she was a Postdoctoral Fellow working on the project Practicing Food Sovereignty: Indigenous Peoples and Agroecological Relationships in the Eastern Himalayas funded by the Swedish Research Council. She finished her PhD from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati in 2021. Her research and writings revolve around women's agency in insurgent struggles, memory and violence in Northeast India, gender studies, and food cultures in the Eastern Himalayas.

Email: guwahatidixita719@gmail.com

Former Staff of NESRC

  • Management Personnel
  • Dr Walter Fernandes: Director (2000-2012)
  • Dr Melvil Pereira: Director (2012-2019)
  • Dr Hector D’Souza: Director (2019-2020)
  • Dr Alphonsus D’Souza: Associate Director (Nagaland based) Librarian (2000-2019)
  • Professional Staff
  • Sanjay Barbora: Gender Studies; Nagaon Study; Human Rights (2000-2003)
  • Rose Mary Kikon: Gender Studies (2000-2001)
  • Jhimly Baruah: Nagaon Study (2001-2002)
  • Gita Bharali: Disp Studies; Indigenous; Plantation Labour (2002-2011)
  • Wahidur Rahman: Prim Edu. of Plantation Labourers’ Children (2002)
  • Manasjyoti Bordoloi: Prim Educ of Plantation Labourers’ Children (2002-2003)
  • Kazimuddin Ahmed: Social Change (2004-2005)
  • Vizalenu Khatso: Customary Law & Gender (2004-2005)
  • Alam Sleeva: Assam Child Budget (2006-2007)
  • Marline Pinto: Peace initiatives (2006-2007)
  • Pranami Garg: Displacement Northeast (2006-2008)
  • Keyileuhingbe Elu: Peace Initiatives (2007-2008)
  • Ankur Tamuli Phukan: Peace Initiatives; Assam Child Budget (2009-2010)
  • Daisy Nath: Assam Child Budget (2009-2010)
  • Sujata Hati Baruah: Peace Initiatives (2011)
  • Tribeni Gogoi: Assam Child Budget (2011-2012)
  • Afruza Nasrin Islam: Climate Change (2011)
  • Garima Thakuria: Land Issues in Guwahati (2011-2012)
  • Jyotishman Taye: Peace Initiatives (2011-2012)
  • Kezhangunuo Kelio: Customary Law & Gender (2012)
  • Sunumi Changmi: Customary Law & Gender (2012-2017)
  • Wellessly Lyngkhoi: Child Labour in the Coal Mines of Meghalaya (2012)
  • Upasana Bhuyan: Customary Law & Gender (2012-2013)
  • Tiken Das: Cross Border Study (2012-2013) 
  • Bitopi Dutta: Peace Initiatives; Displacement in NE (2012-2015)
  • Prabal Pijush Bharali: Assam Child Budget (2012-2013)
  • Furzee Kashyap: Making Women Count for Peace (2012-2013)
  • Chandana Kakoti: Sarba Shiksha Abhjyan; Assam Child Budget (2012-2013)
  • R P Athparia: Customary Law & Gender (2013-2016)
  • Jyotikona Chetia: Customary Law and Gender (2014-2019)
  • Bhaskar Jyoti Athparia: Assam Child Budget (2014)
  • Kanu Kanta Sen: Assam Child Budget (2014-2016)
  • Kankana Borah: Customary Law & Gender (2014)
  • Ankita Gupta: Children in Conflict Zones (2013-2014)
  • Shaunna Rodrigues: Children in Conflict Zones (2014)
  • Bhaswati Borgohain: Peace Initiatives (2014-2016)
  • Madhusmita Chowdhury: Meghalaya Child Budget (2015-2017)
  • Binita Kakati: Customary Law & Gender (2015-2016)
  • Angshuman Sarma: Health of Women & Children in Tea Garden (2016-2017)
  • PF Asojiini Kashena: Peace Initiatives (2016-2018)
  • Anindita Datta: Conflict Mapping in the Northeast (2016-2017)
  • Kusumika Ghosh: Conflicts and Peace (2017-2019)
  • Augustin Millik: Traditional Land Management; Displacement (2017-2019)
  • Annesha Bora: Traditional Land Management (2017-2018)
  • Anuprova Ghose: Customary Law and Gender (2018)
  • Vizhokole Ltu: Customary Law & Gender (2018-2019)
  • Namrata Kalita: Peace initiatives (2019-2020)
  • Joseph Zoliana: Peace Initiatives; Ecology in the Northeast (2020-2023)
  • Upasana Goswami: Land & Gender, Displacement in NE (2020-2022)
  • Upasana Sarma: Education, COVID & the Marginalised (2021-2022)
  • Sonakshi Goswami: Education, COVID & the Marginalised (2021-2022)
  • Abhishruti Sarma: Migration & Women; Ecology in the Northeast (2021-2023)
  • Joel Rodrigues: Food Sovereignty (2022-2023)
  • Secretarial/Support Staff
  • Anamika Deka: Secretary; Accounts (2002-2009)
  • Julee Bhuyan: Secretary; Accounts (2009-2010)
  • Dulumoni Gogoi: Secretary; Accounts (2010-2011)
  • Malamoni Das: Library (2008-2016)
  • Ripamoni Borah: Library (2014-2015)
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