Dr. Assa Doron
Dr. Assa Doron is Professor of Anthropology & South Asia, (ARC Future Fellow 2012-2016) Australian National University, Canberra, and Honorary Professor at University of Sydney. He was also the Founding Director of the South Asia Research Institute at ANU and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2012-16).
A leading global anthropologist specialising on India, Professor Doron’s main areas of interest include media and technology, urban anthropology, development, environment & public health.
His latest books include The Great Indian Phone Book (Harvard University Press/C. Hurst, 2013); Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India (Harvard University Press, 2018)- both co-authored with Prof Robin Jeffrey. Prof Doron has spent many years working in Varanasi where he focused on the ritual economy of the river, a study that was published in the book, Life on the Ganga, (Cambridge, 2013).
Doron is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (2018), was awarded the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Early Career Research Prize (2013/14), and an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008). He has published over three dozen peer-reviewed research papers, supervised over a dozen doctoral students and has been awarded several research grants including from the Australia-India Council and an AusAID Australian Development Research Award.
Doron is currently working on questions to do with public health, environmental degradation and the crisis of antimicrobial resistance. He has a BA in History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and PhD in social anthropology from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.