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NESRC started functioning on March 1, 2000 with Dr Walter Fernandes as Director and Sanjay Barbora as research associate.
Postal Address: North Eastern Social Research Centre, JAGRITI(2nd Floor),Arunudoi Path,GMCH Road,Christian Basti,Guwahati: 781005,Assam,India. Tel. (0361) 2340179. Email:

   Dr. Walter Fernandes

Dr. Fernandes founded the North Eastern Social Research Centre in 2000 and resumed charge as the Director in 2020. Currently he is studying development-induced displacement in North East India. Formerly, Dr Fernandes was the Director of Indian Social Institute, Delhi, and the Editor of its quarterly, Social Action. He has done extensive studies on tribal rights, livelihood issues, land rights, climate justice and peace initiatives. He has written or edited several books and articles on these issues.  Some of his recent books are Search for Peace with JusticeRelations Across BordersUprooted for Whose Cost?



      Dr. Meenal Tula
   (Senior Research Associate)

Meenal Tula received her doctorate in Gender Studies from the University of Hyderabad in 2016. She is working at the Centre as a senior research associate and project coordinator. She has recently finished work on a project related to gender implications of customary laws in Northeast India. She is interested in anthropological and historical approaches to studying the politics of gender, identity and community.



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    Upasana Goswami
    (Research Associate)

Upasana Goswami is a Research Associate at NESRC. She did her Bachelor's degree in Economics from Maitreyi College, University of Delhi and recently completed her Master's in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Currently, she is working on two studies related to Development induced Displacement in the states of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Her research interests include Northeast India studies, anthropology of development, gender and labour, and social exclusion.





       Anurag Das
    (Research Associate)

Anurag Das is a Research Associate at NESRC and is currently working on the Child Budget project. He has completed his Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati. He was previously associated with Ayang Trust, Majuli, as an educational researcher. His research interests include ethnic nationalism, resource conflict, memory and militarization.




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      Joseph Zoliana
     (Research Associate)

Joseph Zoliana is a Research Associate currently working on the Peace Project at the Centre. He has received his Master’s degrees in Philosophy at Chennai University and in Anthropology at Savitribai Phule Pune University. His research interests include peace processes, reconciliation, and social justice.






     Sonakshi Goswami
   (Research Associate)

Sonakshi Goswami is a Research Associate at NESRC. She did her Bachelor's degree in History from B. Borooah College and Master’s in Women Studies under Gauhati University. Currently she is working on the project “Learning Loss during Pandemic” under NESRC funded by Aid-et-Action. She has previously worked as a Program Manager for a Corporate Social Responsibility Project sponsored by State Bank of India Foundation, Mumbai implemented by Assam Centre for Rural Development, Guwahati. She has also done her internship at Shaktivahini, Delhi which works against women and child trafficking. Her research interests include Northeast India studies, women and health, education and social justice.


   Upasana Sarma
  (Research Associate)

Upasana Sarma is a Research Associate at NESRC. Currently she is working on the project which aims towards assessing the extent of learning loss induced by the pandemic, especially with reference to primary school education, in the state of Assam. She has previously worked on a project on understanding the role and assimilation of Kashmiri Migrant Merchants in Guwahati as well as conducted research concerning conflict in the Northeastern states. She has done her MPhil in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and MA in Sociology from the SAARC affiliated South Asian University in New Delhi. Her research interests include urban anthropology, Northeast India, media, ecology and labour.

      Ms. Ashpriya Rohman
      (Office Manager cum        Accountant)

Ms. Rohman is in charge of day-to-day operations of the NESRC office with duties ranging from Reception and Secretarial work to Accounting and financial services. She also aids in documenting research materials. She has Done her B.Com from Sonari Commerce College under Dibrugarh University.






          Ms. Rita Xess
         (Office Assistant)

Ms. Xess is Office Assistant at North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati. She also works as library assistant and helps in documentation department. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from K C Das Commerce College, Guwahati.





         Nirab Bora
     (Assistant Publications &      Documentation)

Nirab Bora from Guwahati finished his B.Com(Hons) from Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Academy, Guwahati. He is currently working as Publication Assistant and is also responsible for maintaining documentation at the Centre.


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