Dr Aprajita Sarcar

Dr Aprajita Sarcar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi (2020-2022). 

PhD in History, Queen's University, Canada (2020).

M.Phil in Social Medicine, School of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2013)

Masters in Political Studies, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2010)

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Aprajita Sarcar (she/her) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laureate Centre for Population and History. She works on everyday governance of the population control policies in postcolonial India. Her research brings together the historiography on global population planning, reproductive politics and urban histories of South Asia. She was awarded my PhD from the Department of History, Queen’s University, Canada. in 2020.

Her doctoral dissertation was titled ‘Mythical Families: The small family norm and everyday governance of population in India, 1954-1977.’ The thesis studies the nuclear family in postcolonial India. It studies how this notional unit of a small family was a mode of developmental economic planning, and also a site of aspiration for a modernizing nation. While she studies the role that advocacy on contraceptives played in translating cultural anxieties around overpopulation and entrenched poverty, she also document the contestations and overlaps between municipal and transnational archives.

She is interested in mixed method research that historicizes the people ‘on the ground’ and closes the gap between the archives and the everyday lives of national health programmes. Her primary research area is postcolonial South Asia. She also researches topics in colonial history of medicine, family, gender, nationalism, legal governance and citizenship. She studies the role of built environment or modernity in population planning programmes.

Room 348, Level 3, Morven Brown Building UNSW SYDNEY 2052

ADA ECR Research Support Enhancement Scheme (2022)

Laura Bassi Editorial Scholarship (Partial) of Summer 2019 for Thesis Completion.

Research Fellow, Consortium of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, 2017-18.

Research Stipend Recipient of the Rockefeller Archive Center, 2017.

India China Population Race: No Side is A Winner In This Numbers Game,’ BQ Prime (Bloomberg India), January 29, 2023.

Aprajita Sarcar and Joel Wing-Lun, ‘Calls for a One-Child Policy in India are Misguided at best, and dangerous at worst,’ The Conversation, November 15, 2022.

Christophe Guilmoto and Aprajita Sarcar, ‘The Right Lessons to Draw as India Overtakes China's Population,’ The India Forum, July 11, 2022.

 ‘How a Village in Delhi Influenced Public Healthcare in India,’ The India Forum, April 15 2022.

‘Impact of China’s Three-Child Policy on Demography, Migration and Economy,’ moneycontrol.com, 3 June 2021.

‘Planning the Family, Planning the Nation,’ The India Forum, 10 April 2021.