CSS ( Centre For Social Studies) Centre for Social Studies
An Autonomous Social Science Research Institute Supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Government of Gujarat (GoG)
  Akash Acharya
Akash Acharya
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Name    : Akash Acharya
Degree : PhD (Economics)
Position : Associate Professor
Research Interests : Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) issues and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)), Health Implications of Climate Change
Contact Details    : Phone : +91-261-2227173/ 74 (O)
             +91-94261-48263 (M)
    Fax :     +91-261-2223851
    E-mail: akash@css.ac.in
My disciplinary background is of Economic and my PhD thesis was on equity impact of micro or community-based health insurance scheme of Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a well known NGO at the global level. I have been involved in international research projects and have collaborated with institutes like London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Emory University (USA). My papers have been published in national as well as international peer-reviewed journals. On invitation, I have visited Universities in USA, UK and Germany. I have also done projects for Government of Gujarat (GoG).
Current Projects/Work

My current research interests are role of health in development, health care financing models for the poor, health care-seeking behaviour and health systems in developing countries. Of late I am also involved in issues surrounding climate change and its health implications.

At present, I am involved in a project (supported by ICSSR) on city of Surat in which I am looking at occupational health issues of labour working in diamond and textile industries.

Selected Publications
1. Acharya Akash and Kent Ranson (2005) ‘Health Care Financing for the Poor: Community-based Health Insurance Schemes in Gujarat’, Download PDF Download PDF
                 Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) 40 (38) pp. 4141-4150 [ISSN: 0012-9976]  
2. Ranson Kent, Tara Sinha, Mirai Chatterjee, Akash Acharya, Ami Bhavsar, Saul Morris and Anne Mills (2006), ‘Making health insurance work for the poor: learning from SEWA's community-based health insurance scheme’ Download PDF Download PDF
                 Social Science and Medicine  62 (3) pp. 707-720 [ISSN: 0277-9536]  
3. Visaria Leela, Akash Acharya and Francis Raj (2006) ‘Two child norm: Victimizing the Vulnerable?’ Download PDF Download PDF
                 Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) 41 (1) pp. 41-48 [ISSN: 0012-9976]  
4. Acharya Akash (2003) ‘Land Acquisition, employment loss, and women’s participation in income generation in the coastal belt of South Gujarat’ Download PDF Download PDF
                 Development in Practice13 (1) pp. 97-103 [ISSN: 0961-4524]  
5. Acharya Akash (2008) 'Access & Utilisation of Health Care Services in Urban Low-Income Settlements in Surat, India', Download PDF
                  CSS Working Paper No. 5, January
6. Acharya Akash (2009) 'Assessing Gujarat's 'Chiranjeevi' Scheme', Download PDF Download PDF
                 Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), 44 (48) pp. 13-15. [ISSN: 0012-9976]