Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Ieva Zumbyte

PhD Candidate in Sociology
Summer Fellow 2018, 2019, 2020
2018 Project Title: Pre-dissertation fieldwork "Childcare regimes in urban India"
2019 Project Title: Varieties of Public Childcare in Urban India

Ieva's research explores the social, economic and political conditions that explain governance practices in public childcare provision in cities in India. Specifically, she isĀ  interested in how public childcare is organized in cities and why some neighborhoods have better public childcare than others. In this project, Ieva explore variations in childcare provided through state-led neighborhood centres called anganwadis in several settlements in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She argues that a comparative analysis of public childcare at the neighborhood level can help us understand local governance practices and their drivers that create, sustain or that can possibly mitigate inequalities in service provision.