Usha Rao is trained as an anthropologist. As a consultant she has engaged with a diverse set of research projects ranging from an exploration of the culture of mithai (sweets) in India to a critical discourse analysis of Indian Supreme Court judgements that relate to caste, tribal rights and development. As a researcher, Usha Rao brings a historical and cultural perspective to her enquiry. Her multi-disciplinary approach and range of perspectives developed in the course of field research make the outcome of her research sensitive and rich in detail.

Usha uses multiple approaches in her work – extended observations, in-depth interviews and group work, as well as media analysis. She has also worked extensively with audio-media in education for rural children in India.

Usha has collaborated with a diverse set of organizations and institutions, including:

  • The National Law School University Bangalore
  • Madras Institute for Development Studies, Chennai
  • Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  • Education Development Center, India

Usha has co-directed a documentary film, “Our Metropolis”, which is about the transformation of Bangalore into a “world class metropolis” and its impact on the city and its residents. Click here to view the trailer.

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