Prashanth N Srinivas (Assistant Director Research)
Assistant Director (Research), Health equity cluster lead & DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (Intermediate) Fellow in Clinical/Public Health (2017-2022)
Prashanth N Srinivas is a medical doctor and public health researcher with experience in working in primary health care and community settings in southern Karnataka. He has worked at the intersections of healthcare and health systems with ecological and social systems with a particular focus on health inequities and social determinants of health. He leads the health equity cluster at the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru where his work critically examines the apparently transformative dimensions of technological solutions to health inequities vis-a-vis addressing fundamental issues of social inequality, exclusion and governance. He has been a champion of open knowledge and continues to contribute actively to English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Internet Archive and various other open knowledge and open data projects. Since 2014, he lives and works at a public health research field station in BRT Tiger Reserve in southern India and is setting up a planetary health information centre at Pakke Tiger Reserve in Northeast India through collaborations with local communities and ecologists. He served as the Chair of Emerging Voices for Global Health (2015-2019) and is a member of the General Council of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Belgium) and has several publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Through a fellowship from the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, he has set up collaborations to examine health inequities in indigenous communities in multiple remote forested locations in southern, central and northeast India. He has experience with using health policy and systems research methods particularly realist evaluation, implementation research and participatory action research approaches in addition to experience with quantitative epidemiological methods. He is part of research consortia on health systems strengthening for OneHealth and mental health in primary health care.