Pallavi Laxmikanth

Pallavi Laxmikanth

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.

  • Journals

    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
  • Conference Papers

    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.
  • Live Performance of Creative Works

    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.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2021 Laxmikanth, P. (2021). Baking my way through ethnography: cakey encounters with diabetes during a pandemic. Ethnographic Marginalia.

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