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Anandini Dar

Dr. Anandini Dar

Assistant Professor

E-mail: anandini[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Assistant Professor , School of Education Studies


  • Ph.D. in Childhood Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,  United States of America.
    Dissertation title: “I Like Going Places:” The Everyday and Political Geographies ofSouth Asian Immigrant Youth in New York City.
  • M.A. (H1) in Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. 
    Thesis title: Child Abuse in Australian Aboriginal Communities: Controversies, Cross-cultural Perspectives, and Complexities.
  • Graduate Diploma in Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • B.A. (Honours) in English Literature, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India.


Past Experience

Anandini has been employed across a range of sectors: academia/ higher education; civil society/ i-/non-government organisations; policy and rights. 

Prior to joining AUD in July 2016, Anandini was working as an independent and consultant researcher for project based engagements with children’s rights based organisations in Delhi and with projects across India. During this period (2014-16), she conducted projects on issues of safety and security of children in schools, reading readiness, and right to education. 

From 2015-16 Anandini taught as adjunct faculty at the School of Education Studies, where  she also developed two Qualitative Research Methods Courses for both the MA programmes in the School. She also conceptualised and designed a research project proposal titled, “Privatisation of Schools: A micro study” for the Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Development (CECED).


My Zone / Area of Expertise

Anthropology and Sociology of Childhood and Youth; Migration; South Asian Diaspora; Youth Cultures and Identities; Gender and Diversity; Children’s Rights; Qualitative Methods; Feminist Pedagogies.


Research Activities/ Awards

Dar, Anandini is the Principal Investigator of the 50 lakh grant for the project titled,  “Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City.” Funded by EU-ICSSR under the EqUIP-India Pilot Research Call on “Sustainability, Equity, Well- being and Cultural Connections” (2019-21). Collaboration of project with international partners: Institute of Development Studies, UK; University of Sussex, UK; Migration Institute of Finland, Finland; Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. 

On-going research of this located is based in Delhi on the wellbeing and placemaking tactics of migrant children, youth and women. 

Invited Talks

Mentoring as a Femisnit Pedagogic Praxis 

UGC-UKIERI Joint Programme (4th Workshop) on “Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives: Questions of Identity, Pedagogy and Violence in India and the UK” in India Habitat Centre, AUD, New Delhi, India, 28 October 2019.

The “Knowing” Child Figure and Adult Moral Panics in India

National Conference on “Multiple Childhoods in India” organised by Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi, 23 October 2019. 

Ideologies of Childhood & Engaging with Children

Invited talk for Session: “How to Interact with Children” under the School Contact Programme of B.El.Ed, Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi, 17 October 2019. 

Calling out Patriarchy: When Women Write: Comments and Observations

WISCOMP workshop Gender Equity and Inclusion: Transformative Pathways in Higher Education at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar from 17-19 September  2019. 

Migration, Social Class, and Childhood: Understanding how South Asian children forge solidarities in the diaspora

National Conference on “Articulating Multiple Childhoods” hosted by Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, 08 August 2019.

Childhood, Immigration, and Racial Politics

Special Invited Lecture at the Department of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 26 June 2019.

Political Agency of Children: Analyzing immigrant teenagers politics through performativity

Special invited lecture for class, “Early Childhood and Racial Equity” in the Department of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University, Canada, 27 June 2019.

Youth Subjectivities & Sexualities

Workshop on “Sexual Cultures: Youth, Body and the Market” organised by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology - Gandhinagar, 11 May 2019. 

Reflection on Methodology for Research with Immigrant Teenagers 

Guest Lecture, MA Previous Research Methods Class, Department of Human

Development and Childhood Studies, Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, 08 April‘15.

Inspiring a New Generation: Orientation Day Lecture

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, India. 21 July 2014.

Lungi Style: Everyday Geographies of South Asian Teens in New York City

Children and Youth Studies Program, Brooklyn College, City University of New York,

USA. 05 February ‘14.

Youth Against Violence on Women 

United Nations Volunteers and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Annual Conference,

Delhi, India. 04 December 2014. 



  • Global Childhoods, self designed MA elective course, School of Educational Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi, India, Monsoon/ Fall 2016 to present (Monsoon Semester). 
  • Qualitative Research Methods, self-designed MA course, School of Educational Studies, Ambedkar University, New Delhi, India, Fall 2015 to present. 
  • Introduction to Educational Thought, MA Course, School of Educational Studies, Ambedkar University, New Delhi, India, Winter 2017 to 19. 
  • Introduction to Educational Research, MA Course, School of Educational Studies, Ambedkar University, New Delhi, India, Winter 2017 to 19. 
  • Global Childhoods, BA course, Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, USA, Spring & Summer 2013. 
  • Key focus of course: Children’s Rights; United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); Globalization. 
  • Introduction to Childhood Studies, BA course, Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, USA, Fall 2011, Spring, Summer & Fall 2012. 
  • Key focus of course: Sociology of childhood; youth cultures; multi-disciplinary perspectives to children and childhood studies. 
  • Beginning Hindi I & II (as tutor), BA course, South Asian Studies Department, La Trobe University, Australia, 2005 & 2006.


  • Dar, A. (Forthcoming, 2019) “Teen Lives in India.” In Karen Wells (Ed). Teens Lives around the Word: A Global Encyclopedia. ABC – CLIO Publications.
  • Dar, A. (Forthcoming, 2019) “Political Geographies of Youth.” In Daniel T. Cook (Ed.) Sage Encyclopedia for Children and Childhood Studies. Sage Publications. 
  • Dar, A. (2018) Performative politics: South Asian children’s identities and political agency. Childhood, 25(4), 473–487.
  • Dar, A. (2016) “South Asian Youth Groups.” In Simon Bronner & Cindy Dell Clark. Eds. Youth Cultures in America. California, USA: ABC – CLIO.
  • Dar, A. (2015)  A Vision Document on Safety and Security: An inquiry into safety and security concerns of children in elementary schools. CARE India. New Delhi. 
  • Dar, A. (2015) Status of Implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009: Year Five (2014-15). RTE Forum. New Delhi. 
  • Dar. A. (2012) “Children’s Lives.” In Edward Ramsamy, Andrea L. Stanton, Peter J. Seybolt, and Carolyn Elliot Eds. Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia and Africa: An Encyclopaedia. Volume 4: West, Central and South Asia. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Dar, A. & Cox, P. (2011) “Editorial: Re-Exploring Childhood Studies.” Childhoods Today, 5(2): 1-8.
  • Wall, J. & Dar, A. (2011) “Children’s Political Representation: The Right to Make a Difference.” International Journal of Children’s Rights, 19 (4): 595-612.
  • Hart, D. Watson, N, Dar, A, & Atkins, B. (2010) “Prosocial Tendencies, Antisocial Behavior, and Moral Development in Childhood Prosocial tendencies.” In Alan Slater and Gavin Bremner. Eds. An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 2nd Edition. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell (with Daniel Hart, Nyeema Watson, Bob Atkins).
  • Dar, A. (2009) “Children in Conflict With Law: A Case Study of Young Boys in Delhi.” In My Name is Today, Vol. 16. New Delhi: Butterflies.
  • Dar, A. (2007) Report: Access to Protection of Dalit girls: An Inquiry; the case of Garhi Chhaju, Haryana. New Delhi: UNICEF and Knowledge Community of Children in India (with Ishita Islam, Shruthi Jayaram and Ananya Ohri). 
  • Dar, A. (2007) Ed. Report on the Seminar on ‘Children as Victims of Crime: Psycho-social and Forensic Perspectives. New Delhi: Prayas Juvenile Aid Center.
  • Friedlander, P. & Dar, A. (2007) Reading Hindi Newspapers: A source book. Melbourne: La Trobe University.