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Dr.Seetha Kakkoth

Assistant Professor


Qualifications :   M.A. & Ph.D (ANTHROPOLOGY)

Areas of Current Research Interest:

  • Aging
  • Hunter-Gatherers
  • Tribal Education
  • Tribal Ecology

Contributions to Teaching:

  • Offering the following courses for MA -Tribal and Rural Studies

TRS 1C004 Introduction to Anthropology

TRS 2C008 Tribes in India

TRS 2C007 Understanding Development (2modules)

TRS E004 Health and Society

  • Course Coorodinator of General Elective Course ' Cultural Anthropology' at National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Managattuparamba, Kannur

Research Project - Completed:

  • National Child Rights Fellowship-2010 from Child Rights and You(CRY), New Delhi

‘Unheard Voices: A Study on the Perceptions of Tribal School Drop-outs in Kerala’ (2012)- Published by Child Rights and You (CRY) By_Seetha_Kakkoth.pdf

Post- Doctoral Research - Completed:

  • Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship-2007/08 from Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, England.

“Environment and Aging Experiences among the South Indian Hunter- Gatherers” (2011) - Published by Asia Research Centre (ARC), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as a working paper.

  • Principal Investigator - Minor Project ' Assessing and Building Capacity for Community Development: A Tribal Perspective.(in collaboration with Sri Ramakrishna Hegde Chair on Decentralization & Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, Karnataka). Project sponsored by Kannur University under Local community Development programme (2019).
  • Principal Investigator - Minor Project ''Safeguarding Endangered Mother Tongue: Preparation of Dictionary for Cholanaickan/ Kattunaicken Tribes of Nilambur Valley, Kerala' sponsored by Kannur University (2018-2020).
  • Principal Investigator - Minor Project 'Tribal-Rural-Urban Complex of Mananthavady : The Nature of Transformation in the Wayanad Region of Western Ghats' sponsored by Anthropological survey of India (AnSI), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India (2017-18).

Articles in Journals:

  • "No Space of Our Own": A Vanishing South Indian Hunter- Gatherer's Experience in Space Sharing (Hunter Gatherer Research Vol. 3, No. 3, April 1, 2019- Liverpool University Press)
  • ‘Square Pegs in Round Holes: Perceptions of Hunter-gatherer School Dropouts of Kerala, South India’ (Eastern Anthropologist, Vol-66, No. 3-4, 2014)
  • "Social Support for Hunter-Gatherers: Care or curse?(Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIV. No.36, 2009)
  • ‘Issues of Development in a Changing Primitive Tribe: Koraga of Kasaragode, Kerala’ (Man in India, Vol.85, No.3 & 4, 2005).
  • ‘‘We are siblings for ever : Folklore Elements in a changing Rural Society’ (South Indian Folklorist, No. 8, 2005).
  • ‘The Primitive Tribal Groups of Kerala: A Situational Appraisal’ (Studies of Tribes and Tribals, Vol 31(1), July 2005).
  • ‘Nature- Man relationship in Aranadan Myths: A Study’ (Man and Life, Vol 31(1-2), Jan-June 2005).
  • ‘Demographic Profile of an Autochthonous Tribe: The Aranadan of Kerala.’ (The Anthropologist, Vol 6(3), July 2004).
  • ‘Fertility and Foetal Mortality among a diminutive Tribe: The Aranadan of Kerala.’ (South Asian Anthropologist 2004).
  • ‘Health Status of Women in a Marginalised Tribal Community : A Study of the Aranadan of Kerala.’ (Man and Life, Vol 29(1-2), Jan-June 2003).
  • ‘Bhakshanam : Chila Adivasi Vamsiya Arivukal’ (Poli, Vol 2 (1), 2003).
  • ‘Kinship and Tribal Lore: A Study.’ (Indian Folk life, Vol2, issue-3, January- March 2003).
  • ‘Tribal Participation in Forest Management: A Note on Participatory Forest Management in Kerala’- (Ashwattha Vol.2, July-September, 2002)

Articles in Edited Books:

  • Whom to Marry? Spouse Selection in Small Tribal Communities of Nilambur Valley, Kerala’. 2011. in Migration, Health and Development. S. Lahiri, B. Paswan and K.C Das (Ed.) IIPS (International Institute for Population Sciences), Mumbai. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.
  • Aranadan’.2004 in Jeevithavum Samskaravum.Vol-4. V.M.Vishnu Namboothiri (General Editor), Chirakkal: Kerala Folklore Acadamy.
  • Tribal Economy: Reforms & Unequal Partners’. 2007 in Economic Reform and Regional Inequality. Gangadharan(Ed.). New Delhi: Serials Publications.

Conference Proceedings:

  • Article titled ‘Go up in smoke: Hunter-Gatherer children’s Encounter with Ashram School Education’ - Proceedings of the National Conference on ‘Education for Human Resource Development and Management (EHRDM-2014)’, Department of Education, Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal (2014).

Working Paper/Research Report Published Online:


  • 'Square Pegs in Round Holes' (20 minutes video, available in Youtube)