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Dr. B Bindu


  04902346153 (Office)


Qualifications :   M.A (Anthropology), PhD (Tribal Studies),PG Diploma (Rural Development), PDF-LSE (Britain),UGC-RA

Areas of Current Research Interest:

  • Anthropology of Development
  • Architecture and Anthropology of Space
  • Studies on Marginalized and Indigenous societies
  • Anthropology of Environment and Health
  • Studies on Marine Fishers in Kerala

Contributions to Teaching:

  1. 20 years of university level teaching for Post Graduate and M.Phil. programmes (Since 2001)
  2. 24 years of Research excluding research spent for PhD.
  3. Research Guide in Anthropology, Kannur University, Kerala, South India (2003 onwards).
  4. Research Supervisor (External) in Anthropology, Institute for Research in Social sciences and Humanities (IRISH) affiliated to Kannur University, Kerala.
  • Research Project awarded by District Primary Education Programme, Department of Education, Government of Kerala, and Government of India – 2000 (World Bank sponsored). Topic–Impacts of DPEP Interventions on Tribal education process in Kerala.
  • Research project on the constraints of education among the Kattunaicken tribe of Kerala towards CR Parekh Post-Doctoral fellowship sponsored by Asia Research Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, England in 2007.
  • Research Project funded by Decentralization Analysis Cell, Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation, Government of Kerala for a study titled " LSGs and inclusion of the excluded: Impact of Decentralization among the Kattunaickan ".
  • Research project funded by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India towards National Research Award (2014-16) for a study among the Marine fishermen of Kerala and Pondicherry.
  • Research project funded by Innovative Research Programme, Government of Kerala, India through Kannur university for a study among the women in marine fishers in Kannur district.


  1. An Anthropological study of Marine Fishermen in Kerala: Anxieties, Compromises and Survivals (2020) published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.


  1. The Adiyan (2008) Published by Department of Folklore and Tribal studies, Dravidian University, Kuppam, India.
    The Kattunaicken (2008) Published by Department of Folklore and Tribal studies, Dravidian University, Kuppam, India.

Papers in edited books


  1. Adiyan in Ethnographic Atlas of Indian Tribes (Ed) P.C Mehta, Discovery Publishing House, New Delhi. 2004. Pp.165.
  2. Anthropology of Food and Food technology- A case of Kattunaickan Studies in Indian Anthropology- Festschrift to Gopala Sarana (ed) P.K Misra. Rawat Publications, New Delhi.2004. pp.359


  1. The Mullukurumba in Marriages in Indian Society (ed) P.C Mehta, Discovery Publishing House, New Delhi 2005. pp.110.
  2. Adaptation and Transformation problems. A case of Kattunaicken of Kerala in Primitive Tribes in Contemporary India.Vol.11 (Ed) Sarit.K. Chaudhuri. Mittal publication. NewDelhi.2005.


  1. Displacement of land and identity crisis-Tribal situation today in Wayanad, Kerala, in Land and Forest Rights of the Tribals Today (Ed) R.M Sarkar. Serials publications,2006, New Delhi.pp.152
  2. Development of Indian Tribes: Anthropological analysis in Development of Indian Tribes (Ed) P.C Mehta New Delhi, Discovery publishing house. 2006.pp206


  1. Karimbalans in Cultural Heritage of Indian Tribes (Ed) P.C Mehta and Sonu Mehta. New Delhi, Discovery publishing house. 2007.pp81


  1. Social and Ecological aspects of health-Anthropological appraisal on Tribal women of Kerala in Indian: Health Scenario-Perspectives and dimensions (Ed) G.R Krishnamurthy Singh and S.K Bajpai, New Delhi, Serials Publications .2008. pp.109
  2. Tribal development in Kerala: Constraints and strategies in Development Studies Volume3(Ed) Robin Ghosh Gupta and Prasenjit Maiti. New Delhi, Atlantic publications 2008. pp.134.


  1. Between Ethno methodology and Ethnography: Constraints and strategies in Ethnographic discourses of the other: Conceptual and methodological issues (Ed) P. Mohanty, Ramesh C. Malik and Eswarappa Kasi. UK, Cambridge Scholars publishing. 2009.pp137
  2. Who starts? Who losts? A note on domestic violence against women in Kerala. In Domestic violence against women in India (Ed) A. K Singh, S.P Singh and S.P. Pandey. Hayana ,2009, Madhav books. pp355.


  1. Gender budgeting among the marginalized: A case of Parayan. In Gender budgeting and women empowerment in India (Ed) A.K Singh, S.P Singh and D.S Sutaria, New Delhi, Serial publications, 2010. pp.50.

Papers in International Journals

  1. Seafood Kitchen: Survival Strategy of Kerala’s Fisherwomen in an Uncertain Economy in International Journal of Rural Management.13(2) 199–205, 2017. SAGE Publications.
  2. Theeramythri and the fisherwomen in Kerala: Observations on empowerment initiatives in International Journal of Academic Research. Special issue on Challenges and opportunities for sustainable rural development.Vol.4Issue 2(3) August 2017. ISSN:2348-7666.
  3. Differential vulnerabilities among the tribes of Kerala: Anthropological insights (P.29-38): in Social exclusion in India: Critical ethnographic discourse from the margins. ANNUAIRE ROUMAIN D’ANTHROPOLOGIE,50, P.1-86, BUCAREST,2013.
  4. Denotified tribes and Inclusive Development: Anthropological interventions and Methodological Issues: Afro Asian Journal of Anthropology and Social Policy 2011, Volume2, Issue1 page: 12-16. Online ISSN: 2229-4414.
  5. Denotified Tribes and inclusive development: Anthropological interventions and methodological issues. International Journal of Social and Economic Research.Vol.1, Issue1, January-June 2011 pp.66-70
  6. Anthropological Engineering in Tribal Development: Concept and issues. International Research Journal of Social Sciences. Volume 1, Number 1 January-June 2008. Pp.157-162.
  7. Alternative tribal curriculum- A case from Kerala. International Research Journal of Social Sciences. Volume 2, Number 2 July-December 2009. pp. 245-251.

Papers in National Anthropology journals


  1. Aranadar of Kerala: A vanishing primitive culture. Man and Life Vol-17 Nos 3&4 July-Dec 1991. pp.159


  1. Social structure and kinship of an ex-bonded labour community. Man and Life Vol.22 Nos 3&4 July-Dec 1996. pp.143.


  1. Ethnographic notes on the Kattunaicken-A food gathering Tribe of Kerala. Journal of Human ecology volume 8 July 1997. pp.293


  1. Significance of ‘Kavu’-A note on the sacred groves of Kerala in eco-cultural context. Journal of Human ecology volume 10 July 1999. pp.285.


  1. Kattunaicken Kinship-An Analysis. Calicut University Research Journal.Vol.2 April 2001. pp.109.


  1. Development Strategy for a Food gathering Tribe. Man and Life.Vol.27 Jan- June 2001. pp.35.
  2. Gaddika-Male ritual in a patrilineal society as a cultural paradigm. The Anthropologist. Vol.3 2001. pp.29
  3. Tribes of Wayanad- Transformation problems. Kerala calling December 2001. pp.21


  1. Tribes of Wayanad and Transformation problems. Calicut University Research Journal. Vol.3 July 2002. pp.138.
  2. Kurumakkudiyudae kaivela. Naattarivu. Folklore journal. 12. 2002(Malayalam). Pp.350


  1. Transmutation of Economy and Transference of Status (An overview of Adiya women in socio-economic context). South Indian Folklorist.No.6 2003. pp.45
  2. Onyam- An Anthropological perspective on male initiation ceremony among the Pitaran. The Anthropologist. Vol.5 Jan 2003. pp.41
  3. Fertility concept in a ritual- Anthropological explanation of pandalpattu. Studies of Tribes and Tribals Vol.9 2004. pp.19.
  4. Transmutation of Economy and Transference of status. A case study from Tribal Wayanad. Journal of Social Sciences. Vol. 9 July 2004. pp.1-4


  1. Adaptation to Resource constraints and Displaced economy- Tribal situation in Wayanad, Kerala. Man in India. Volume 85 Number 3&4 July-December 2005. pp 291
  2. Eco-stress and Sustainable Development- Reflections from Wayanad, Kerala. Man and Life Vol.31 July-December 2005. pp. 97
  3. Ecological reflections in the folksongs of Kurichiyan tribe of Kerala. Indian Folklore Research Journal.Vol.1 2005. pp. 35
  4. Between Customary Law and Constitution- A note on unwed maternity among Adiyan. The PRP Journal of Human Rights. Vol.9 Oct. Dec 2005. pp. 6-7
  5. Gender Biodiversity among the PTG’S OF Kerala. Proceedings of the XVth Swadeshi Science Congress. 2005.pp .119


  1. Socio-linguistic explanation of kinship in an agricultural society-A case of Mullukurumba. The Eastern Anthropologist. Vol.59 Number 2 April-June 2006. pp.221


  1. Gender Dynamics in Resource Management: Anthropological interpretations on Kattunaicken. South Asian Anthropologist. Volume 7 Number 2, 2007. pp. 101.


  1. Gender and biodiversity management in a food gathering society of Kerala. Indian journal of Human Rights and Justice. Volume 4 Number 1-2 2008. pp.97


  1. Qualitative assessment of Public policies: Ethnographic method as an interdisciplinary approach” Published in the proceedings of the second Pan IIM World Management Conference held on 5-8, 2014 at IIM, Kozhikode.


  1. Anthropological insights on ‘Siddasamajam’: A Commune in Kerala. SOUTH ASIAN ANTHROPOLOGIST, 2015. Vol.15 (2): 95-99.
  2. Policy Designs and beneficiary responses: A case study from development Anthropology. Nrtattv-The Anthropology.Vol.5 No.7 and Vol.6 No.8 July –Dec 2014 and Jan-June 2015.Department of Anthropology, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, Biannual Journal ISSN: 2249-9830.


  1. Spatial restrictions in subsistence making: Anthropological insights on the problems of marine fishermen with special reference to Tsunami rehabilitation in Mahe, Pondicherry state. Book of abstracts published for XI Deccan Geographical Society, India International conference on Geospatial solutions to urban and regional environmental issues organized by Centre for advanced study, Department of Geography, Osmania University Hyderabad on 27th-29th September 2016.
  2. Educational Constraints among the Mukkuva Community in Kerala: Anthropological Insights and Empirical Realities. Indian Journal of Educational Research, Volume-V, March 2016, Pp. 86-97.


  1. Seafood Kitchen: Survival Strategy of Kerala’s Fisherwomen in an Uncertain Economy. International Journal of Rural Management 13(2) 199–205, 2017 Institute of Rural Management, SAGE Publications.
  2. Denotified Tribes and Inclusive Development: Anthropological intervention and methodological issues’ in Tribals and Social Exclusion: Between culture and development (ed). New Delhi: Aayu publications, 2017.