- Research Coordinator/Ethnographer, The Institute for Community Research
Gayatri Moorthi, Ph.D. is Research Coordinator/Research Associate at ICR. She is an interdisciplinary health researcher, who is the Project Supervisor and Ethnographer for the IDU Peer Recruitment Dynamics and Network Structure in RDS project. Her primary research interests lie in the areas of harm reduction, drug use, HIV risk, social suffering, health policy, qualitative research methods, critical medical anthropology and public health. She recently concluded her dissertation research, a multi-sited ethnography, which examined the harm reduction policy and interventions in New Delhi, India. The research evaluated the efficacy and impact of these measures on injecting drug users as well as the dynamics of a peer driven model of intervention. The project examined how notions of risk and ‘pharmaceuticalization’ framed harm reduction and critically reviewed the policies that shaped the context of substance abuse treatment in India.
She has also worked on projects involving vulnerable families, at risk foster children, low income communities and schools, both in India and the U.S. She has worked across a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research projects. She aims to continue working in the area of health, evolving new methodologies to fuel practical solutions for community concerns and bridge the gap between practice and policy.