M.A. (TISS, Mumbai);
M.Phil., Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Dr. Vidya Subramanian is a sociologist of education researching education policy and development, civil society and public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurial cultures among urban youth.
She has a PhD and MPhil from the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, during which she was a doctoral fellow at the Transnational Research Group (TRG) of the Max Weber Foundation-German Humanities Institutes Abroad. She also holds an MA in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has taught at TISS Mumbai and was earlier a consultant to the Tata Trusts.
Her ongoing research explores the trajectories of young corporate professionals entering the developmental sector to further aspirations of service, self-making, and entrepreneurship. This extends her doctoral work that examined the Teach for India (TFI) programme for its intersecting discourses of corporate philanthropy, PPPs, and new forms of governance in public education. Parts of her work have been published in Economic and Political Weekly, Contemporary Education Dialogue, and International Studies in Sociology of Education.
In addition, she was also one of the co-PIs of a Spencer Foundation funded international conference on Educational Transformations and Societal Change in Liberalising India, in collaboration with Ahmedabad University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Rutgers University (New Brunswick) and the Centre for Budget and Policy Studies.