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Deepali Gaur, Ph.D.


Deepali Gaur, Ph.D.


  • Postdoctoral Researcher (01.08.2009-31.01.2010)

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About Deepali Gaur

Deepali is a Bangalore-based (Karnataka, India) academic and media practitioner. She is the author of the book ‘Drugs Production and Trafficking in Afghanistan,’ (Pentagon Press, 2007) which focuses on the economy and politics of Afghanistan, in particular, the effects of the narcotics trade on security and stability both regionally and globally. She has an M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree on Tajikistan and Afghanistan from the Central Asian Studies Programme, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

As a freelancer she has researched and written extensively on Afghanistan and the new Central Asian Republics. Many of her writings have been published in Indian national dailies and the Afghanistan-based, Kabul Press.

She is a Consultant for the United Nations Foundation’s Better World Fund and writes on gender issues from the South Asian region for their reproductive and sexual health website, Reality Check.

Deepali is also a filmmaker and photographer. She has been actively engaged with developmental organisations in rural Karnataka, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Orissa documenting social change and developing an archive of alternative images in different media on issues ranging from early childcare, primary education, health and environment to the informal sector workforce and sustainable livelihoods. As a DAAD scholar at the University of Hannover she worked on gender and migration (film project). She is also an NTS-Asia Research fellow, 2009. Her current post doctoral research is on the Afghan diaspora.