Ramnath Subbaraman, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School (website)
I am an infectious diseases doctor and public health researcher. For two years, I helped lead field research investigating various aspects of health in a slum settlement in Mumbai, India as part of Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action, and Research (PUKAR), an innovative action-oriented research collective. We have performed in-depth studies of water quality and access in slums. Our work has also highlighted the way that legal exclusion from the municipal water supply and other basic services may adversely impact child health and mental health outcomes in non-notified slums. I am currently interested the human right to water in cities of the Global South and hope to engage in action-oriented research to promote social accountability for water service delivery in informal settlements.