N. Nakkeeran PhD., is currently working as an associate professor with Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar. He has training in social anthropology, M. Phil & doctoral research in Social Medicine and Community Health from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has over fifteen years of teaching, research and program implementation experience including with Tata Institute of Social Sciences - Mumbai, UNICEF - Mumbai.
His research interests include ‘equity and health’, health social sciences, child nutrition, ethnography and qualitative research. Nakkeeran has been organising short term trainings on Qualitative Research Methodology and Qualitative Data Analysis Software for health and medical professionals. He has designed and rolled out a six month certificate program in research methodology in Distance Learning.
Nakkeeran had edited four volumes of Social Science and Health Newsletter published by Department of Health Services Studies, TISS. His selected publications include , “Social and behavioural science teaching in medical and public health in India” South East Asian Journal of Medical Education, “Conditions of Women's Work, Status and Fertility: Land, Caste and Gender in a South Indian Village” Economic and Political weekly, “Qualitative Research Methodology: Epistemological Foundation and Research Procedures” Indian Journal of Social Work, “Knowledge, Truth and Social Reality: An Introductory Note on Qualitative Research”, Indian Journal of Community Medicine, “Rigour and validity in qualitative methods in applied situations, Indian Journal of Public Health, and an ethnographic monograph “Transfer of Home-based Newborn Care from SEARCH to Other Organisations: Process Documentation of the ANKUR Project” (SEARCH, 2007).