ADITI SURIE Sociologist, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore

Aditi Surie is a sociologist with training from the Department of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics. Surie’s research has been academic, policy-focused and action-oriented over the past seven years. She began her research career when she was granted a research fellowship by the European Commission in 2010. The short, multi-lingual research project yielded insights on differences in childcare infrastructure (creches) for neighborhoods of varying socioeconomic profiles
in Paris. This fellowship also gave Surie the chance to conceptualise European society as an object of inquiry from the perspective of a Southern Indian scholar thus reversing the usual trajectory of research.

Continuing with her focus on urban issues, Surie joined the SUBURBIN project at the Centre de
Sciences Humaines de Delhi. The core research inquiry of the SUBURBIN project was the definition of
urbanisation in India – normatively and in statistical measurement – with the aim to forefront the
role of small towns in India’s urban transition. Surie’s work under Dr. Marie-Helene Zerah was a
study of the power and position of municipal councillors in small-towns in the Delhi-NCR region. A
gendered analysis of small town councillors from this work led her to join the International Center
for Research on Women (ICRW) to do more focused gender and action-based research. Surie worked
on several projects at ICRW that were centered around women’s economic empowerment including
women entrepreneurs and women workers in micro, small, and medium enterprises.