I am a medical doctor with an interest and specialisation in public health. I work at the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore. For my PhD at ITM, Antwerp, I studied health care organisation and management at the district level in Tumkur district of Karnataka in south India. I studied how capacity-building of health managers at the district level could lead to positive organisational change (see paper based on protocol, some general thoughts on programme evaluation in India, some early results and some actual results). And for this, I used an emerging theory-driven evaluation approach called realist evaluation (see the reading list of RE that I maintain on Mendeley or ITM’s dossier on theory-driven evaluation; I also run a twitter channel @realisteval). My other research interests within public health are mainly in primary health care, disease surveillance, district health management, health financing, mental health and eHealth. I also teach at the school of development studies at Azim Premji University, Bangalore and am on the national pool of adjunct faculty of the Public Health Foundation of India. I am also a Faculty in the Duke semester in India programme of the Duke University.
After my medicine, I worked in an ngo that is engaged with development work in a tribal area called br hills in southern Karnataka. I continue to write about my work there. I subsequently worked in primary health centres in Karnataka and Arunachal Pradesh. Most of my travels have been to forests and my work at br hills has been the origin and the consequence of my passion for wildlife, especially birds, stemming from a larger interest in natural history and biology itself. I try to keep this alive by birdwatching, reading and writing about this.