Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators

Principal Investigator – Professor Raghu Raghavan (De Montfort University, DMU)

Raghu is an expert in transcultural mental health and wellbeing, will lead, integrate, represent this project. Raghu’s clinical background is in health psychology and nursing, with expertise in participatory research and co-production. His research is encapsulated by four overarching, but inter-related themes which address issues in mental health, disability and wellbeing: improving access to services/interventions, user involvement, practice and service development, cultural diversity and inclusion.

Co-Investigator – Professor Brown (De Montfort University, DMU)

Brown is Professor of Health Communication at De Montfort University and brings substantive research expertise in health humanities and has worked on in a number of AHRC funded projects. The core of Prof Brown’s work has focused on the interpretation of human experience across a variety of different disciplines including health care, philosophy, education and spirituality studies, exploring how this may be understood with a view to improving practice and with regard to theoretical development in the social sciences. Particularly, this concerns notions of governmentality and habitus from Foucauldian and Bourdieusian sociology and how the analysis of everyday experience can afford novel theoretical developments.

Co-Investigator – Dr Mark Crossley (De Montfort University, DMU)

Mark is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts and brings his experience and expertise in community theatre. Mark is on the Editorial Committee of Ride: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance and has published widely on devised and intermedial theatre. His most recent text is Devising Theatre with Stan’s Cafe (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).


Co-Investigator – Professor Sivakami Muthusamy (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, TISS)

Sivakami has expertise in population studies and is the main co-investigator in India. She will co-lead work packages 1 and 5 with Professor Raghavan. Sivakami has previous experience working on public health projects with migrant communities in Mumbai. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, where Sivakami is based, is an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centred, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.

The project is located in School of Health Systems Studies (SHSS) within TISS, Mumbai which has active research programmes and national and international research collaborations in areas of health policy, health systems strengthening and public health.

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Co-Investigator – Dr Nilesh Gawde (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, TISS)

Nilesh has expertise in migration and health studies and will co-lead work package 2 and the project’s engagement activities. Nilesh is also based at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. This project will sit within TISS’s School of Health Systems Studies which has an active research programme in areas of health policy and health systems for public health.

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Co-Investigator – Professor Santosh Chaturvedi (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience)

Professor Chaturvedi is Head of the Department of Mental Health Education at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) at Bengaluru, India, a multidisciplinary institute for patient care and academic pursuit in mental health and neurosciences. The priority gradient adopted at the Institute is service, manpower development and research. NIMHANS participates and conducts a number of psychosocial and cultural international projects. Professor Chaturvedi will contribute research training, linking the project with government and NGOs and will input into analysis and dissemination.

Research Partner/Advisor – Dr Ashock Dyalchand (Institute of Health Management Pachod)

Dr Ashok Dyalchand is the Director of the Institute of Health Management, Pachod (IHMP). Ashok founded IHMP after witnessing the need for better public services for deprived sections of society. IHMP initially focused on pioneering training of community health workers but have since expanded their work. See