Bhakti Patil joins CSPPG

Wednesday 5 October 2022

We are delighted that Bhakti Patil joins us as a new PhD student at CSPPG this month. Her research will explore the epistemic and normative presumptions of contemporary philanthropy, with a particular focus on strategic giving in India. Drawing on Mohandas Gandhi’s moral and conceptual universe, her work seeks to develop a knowledge-critique of contemporary philanthropic thought and practice and the growing epistemic closure that circumscribes ways of thinking about and doing ‘giving’. Engaging with Gandhi’s ideas of Ahimsā (non-violence, or non-dualism) and Swarāj (freedom, or rule of the self) as theoretical and methodological categories, her work explores the possibilities of more democratised and plural philanthropic discourses.

Bhakti holds a Master’s and M.Phil degree in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. She has spent the last eight years working with think tanks and CSOs in India across organisational development and strategy, fundraising, strategic partnerships, and grant management. She has served served as Guest Faculty/Mentor with the Indian School of Public Policy (2020-2022) and with the Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability (GPODS) Fellowship (2021-22), coaching students and young professionals in fundraising and grant management.

She has been a DAAD Research Fellow (Germany) and a graduate of the Asia Institute of Political Economy (The Fund for American Studies/George Mason University, USA).

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