Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
I am interested in everyday practices of eating and care aimed at managing metabolic illnesses. In my PhD project, I explore how people with diabetes in middle-class, urban Indian communities negotiate and subvert biomedical and dietary forms of governance and move to outwit their illness. Using a phenomenological and critical race theory lens, I examine the colonial origins and history of biochemical and dietary measurements, and the sensual and affective dimensions of their presence in modern nutritional agendas. I explore how measuring comes to be embodied by people with diabetes, as a means to contend with colonial and capitalist forms of indexing foods, bodies, transnational conglomerates and agri-food systems.
Date Position Institution name 2019 - ongoing PhD Student University of Adelaide
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Hindi Can read, write, speak and understand spoken Tamil Can speak and understand spoken Telugu Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2011 - 2012 University of Oxford United Kingdom MSc Medical Anthropology 2008 - 2011 Osmania University India BSc Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry
Research InterestsAnthropology Consumption and Everyday Life Culture, Gender, Sexuality Endocrinology & Metabolism Family Care Food Nutritional Balance Food Packaging, Preservation and Safety Gender Studies Phenomenology Philosophy and Religious Studies Population Health Preventive Medicine Social and Cultural Anthropology Studies in Human Society
Year Citation 2015 Taylor, K., Blacklock, C., Hayward, G., Bidwell, P., Laxmikanth, P., Riches, N., . . . Mant, D. (2015). 'You can't stay away from your family': A qualitative study of the ongoing ties and future plans of South African health workers in the United Kingdom. Global Health Action, 8(1), 8 pages.
DOI Scopus5 WoS3 Europe PMC2
2014 Poppe, A., Jirovsky, E., Blacklock, C., Laxmikanth, P., Moosa, S., De Maeseneer, J., . . . Peersman, W. (2014). Why sub-Saharan African health workers migrate to european countries that do not actively recruit: A qualitative study post-migration. Global Health Action, 7(1), 9 pages.
DOI Scopus25 WoS25 Europe PMC16
2014 Bidwell, P., Laxmikanth, P., Blacklock, C., Hayward, G., Willcox, M., Peersman, W., . . . Mant, D. (2014). Security and skills: The two key issues in health worker migration. Global Health Action, 7(1), 10 pages.
DOI Scopus26 WoS25 Europe PMC15
Year Citation 2013 Poppe, A., Jirovsky, E., Blacklock, C., Laxmikanth, P., Moosa, S., Maeseneer, J., . . . Peersman, W. (2013). Why Sub-Saharan African health workers migrate to European countries that do not actively recruit: a qualitative study post migration. In TROPICAL MEDICINE & INTERNATIONAL HEALTH Vol. 18 (pp. 37). WILEY-BLACKWELL.
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Year Citation 2020 Bird, T. (2020). Interview with Pallavi Laxmikanth, a medical anthropologist, in lockdown in Hyderabad, India (No. Of Pieces: 21 minutes) [Podcast Interview]. Online: Around the Table: Food Stories from Science to Everyday Life.
Year Citation 2021 Laxmikanth, P. (2021). Baking my way through ethnography: cakey encounters with diabetes during a pandemic. Ethnographic Marginalia.
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