Jane is a specialist in South Asian History, particularly the history of South India. Her research interests are principally in the areas of law, welfare and philanthropy and the history of medicine and health. Jane's research into colonial medical history has included archival and hospital experience and she has travelled extensively throughout India. Jane's current research project focuses on government and philanthropy in early colonial Madras.
See also Jane Buckingham (History website)
Elaine is a senior lecturer and postgraduate Co-ordinator in the School of Music at the University of Canterbury. She is responsible for the introduction, teaching and development of the ethnomusicology courses, Himalayan Music and Asian Music.
Her research into Tibetan and Bhutanese music, particularly that of the dranyen or Himalayan lute, has led to field work in Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal in 1991, 1998, 2004 and 2006, including visits to the remote areas of the eastern borders of Bhutan and the Humla region of north-west Nepal. In 2005, she undertook a preliminary, field study of the music of the Lepchas, the indigenous people of Sikkim (north India) and in 2006 was invited to be a member of the jury of the 2006 Bhutan Motion Picture Association Film Festival.
Baljit is a faculty member in the School of Educational Studies and Human Development, College of Education. She has been a teacher educator for primary and early childhood teachers in India before joining the University of Canterbury. Her research interests are in the areas of historical and cultural studies of childhood and education with focus on home school relationships, literacy, disability, diversity and social justice. She has worked in Bastar, India, to investigate the relevance and substance of preschool education for tribal children, and studied the acquisition of reading and writing in five Indian languages. She is currently writing a book on the history of early childhood education in British India.
Aditya is member of the Anthropology programme. His research icenters on the religious culture of Rajasthan and that of the Himalayan region of Kumaon using a combination of anthropological, textual and historical approaches. His interests cover oral traditions and ritual performance, pilgrimage, 'folk' Hinduism, multi-media and cultural studies, as well post-colonial and post-modern issues related to the study of Hinduism. His current research is focussed on narratives and rituals of embodiment and notions of social justice with regard to Goludev, a widely worshipped folk deity from Kumaon.
See also Aditya Malik (Anthropology website)
Clemency is a member of the Mathematics and Statistics Department and researches in the History of Mathematics and Science in Ancient and Medieval India, particularly the transmission of ideas from other scientifically active societies in the ancient world. Of the estimated 30 million manuscripts that exist today, roughly as high as ten per cent of these are scientific. Clemency works with primary sources in Sanskrit, which she edits, translates, and writes scientific commentaries.
Nilakant is a member of the School of Management. His area of specialization is management of change. His research and writings relate to organizational changes in India after liberalization (post-1991). Currently he is working on a project which explores the management of change in the Indian Railways from 2004-2008.