Prof. Shalini Bharat

Member (Expert)

Former Director, Vice Chancellor,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences,


Professor Shalini Bharat is the former Director/Vice Chancellor of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Her research interests include equity and access issues with special reference to reproductive health, and health of women and youth; social determinants of HIV and TB, including stigma, discrimination and human rights issues; mental health; health vulnerabilities in the context of migration; demographic transition among minority communities; and qualitative and mixed methods research. As the former Director of TISS ‘Saksham’ program (2012-23), a sub-recipient of Global Fund grant, she led the development and implementation of psycho-social counseling, social linkages and capacity building for the national HIV Counseling and drug resistant TB control programs. 

Prof. Bharat’s research work has been supported by several UN organisations including UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNDP, World Bank and international bodies such as NIH USA, IAVI, Gates Foundation, and by Indian government including Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. She has published widely including a 4-Volume Series “Parsis of India: Continuing at the Crossroads” from Sage, “Health and Wellbeing of India’s Young People” from Springer, and is co-editing the India Series on Mental Health for the Journal Social Science & Medicine (Mental health). With nearly a hundred published articles, special reports and special issues of Journals, Prof. Bharat has lectured at Universities of Yale, Le Havre (France), Utrecht (Netherlands), London School of Economics, and was member of a high-level committee for the review of national HIV prevention program of Papua New Guinea. She serves on various Boards and Committees in the government and NGO sector.

Prof. Bharat obtained her MA and D.Phil in Psychology from Allahabad University.