Anthropology of Public Policy, Medical Anthropology, Political Economy, Governance and Neo-Liberalism, Urban Anthropology
South Asia, India
Smriti Sharma is a currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Lucerne. She joined the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich in August 2019 under the chair of Prof. Dr Johannes Quack. Smriti obtained her B.A (H) and M.A in Sociology from University of Delhi and Ambedkar University Delhi respectively. In 2019, she was awarded with a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. As part of her MPhil dissertation titled, ‘The Politics of Public-Private Partnership in Healthcare: A Study of Dengue Epidemic in Delhi’, she did an extensive review and a critical analysis of existing literature on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in healthcare in India. She also did fieldwork with public health officials and private diagnostic clinics in Delhi to understand the politics of PPPs within dengue prevention and control. At UNILU, she is currently working on the Ambizione SNSF project ‘Visions of the Social: The Transformation of State Planning in Post-Colonial India’ under the supervision of Prof. Dr Sandra Bärnreuther. Her doctoral project investigates a specific health insurance scheme in India, Ayushman Bharat - examining notions of access, the making of health policies along with healthcare financing and decision making in India.