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Gitanjoli Dasgupta
Pune, Maharashtra
I am proficient in qualitative research, interested in informing conflict decisions and policy using evidence-based multidisciplinary research. My interests lie in exploring the perceptions of marginalised civilians towards conflict mitigation strategies to suggest mechanisms for policies to be more equitable in nature, and efficient resource use in conflict management.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Government/Governance, Reforms, Corruption
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research
  • Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
My interest in the protection of civilian populations in armed conflict, conflict mediation, peacebuilding and humanitarian coordination was sparked when I was embroiled in the 2016 Kashmir unrest in the aftermath of Hizbul Mujahideen’s former militant commander, Burhan Wani’s killing. Violent clashes between the security forces and civilian protesters ensued where I witnessed people being killed, injured and blinded. As an Operation Head at Borderless World Foundation, an NGO operating in the Kashmir valley, I played a central role in liaising with experts and accomplished ophthalmologists in India towards making available, the best medical and humanitarian aid to pellet injury victims during the unrest. This incident was covered in national and international print media and also in major television news channels.

Besides, along with being well aware of the historical and socio-political contexts within which conflicts operate, I have performed extensive primary and secondary research in rural India through detailed interviews that uncovered sensitive details and nuances on how women labourers navigate spaces of work in patriarchy infused village societies.
I have recently completed an MSc in Conflict Studies from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where my dissertation focused on illustrating the pitfalls associated with the constructivist school of thought in examining the formation of Hindu Nationalism as a dominant discourse in India. My knowledge in global political conflicts deepened during my time at LSE through a solid foundation in areas of qualitative and comparative conflict analysis; nationalist conflict and political violence; and women, peace and security studies.

Previously, as part of the ‘Peace and Conflict Studies’ programme at Oslo Metropolitan University, I conducted research on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar in view of its past lineages to find out to what extent political tools such as nationalism and democratization are used to justify ethnic violence in the state.

As a former business student and a current Conflict Studies graduate, I possess a unique combination of skills from both technical and policy aspects to comprehend the challenges associated with international political conflicts
Affiliations and Achievements:
Awards and Scholarships received at the London School of Economics and Political Science:

- Lady Margaret Basu Fund Award
- LSE Graduate Support Scholarship
- JN Tata Scholarship Award
- Vinod Saryu Doshi Fellowship Award

Awards and Scholarships received at Oslo Metropolitan University:

- OsloMet fully funded scholar

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    Years of Experience:
    0-2 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Bengali, Kashmiri, Marathi, German
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