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Mamatha Karollil

Assistant Professor

PhD in Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Glasgow University UK

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Education & Research


Dr Karollil completed her Masters from Bangalore University and her Doctorate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Glasgow Univeristy, U.K. where she did a brief stint as a Commonwealth split-site doctoral scholar. Her doctoral work examined the social construction of “love” and “work” across cultures; it researched youth transitions to adulthood across India and the U.K. and linked “choice” and “well-being”.


Dr Karollil is interested in research that looks at the manner in which larger social, political and cultural processes reach into the personal lives of people: self and identity, personal relationships, age, sexuality, life-courses. Her theoretical standpoints can be traced to cultural psychology, critical psychology, positive psychology, youth sociology and sociology of gender and sexuality.


Dr Karollil also loves methodology, especially qualitative methodology and is keen to explore methodological innovations it allows.


Past Employment



  •  Book Chapter: Karollil, M (2009) .“Indian Youth in a Changing Society”. In Chandra, Sharma and Jain (Eds.) , Childhood, Child Labour and Youth: Contested Boundaries, New Delhi: Manak Publications.
  • Book Review: Karollil, M (2008) Review of “Culture in Minds and Societies: Foundations of Cultural Psychology”, by Jaan Valsiner . Sociological Bulletin, 57(3).
  • Book Review: Karollil,M (2010). Review of “Indian Youth in a Transforming World”, By Peter. R. DeSouza, Sanjay Kumar and Sandeep Shastri (Eds.). Sociological Bulletin (forthcoming).


  •  “A qualitative study of youth values in India and the U.K.: A Critique of Individualism/Collectivism”. Presented at the 19th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), 2008, Bremen, Germany.
  • A Qualitative Study of Youth Values in the India and the U.K.: Exploring links between Choice and Life-Satisfaction” Presented at the 1st International Congress of Social Sciences (ICSS), organized by Social Sciences Research Society (SoSReS) 2008, Izmir, Turkey.
  • “Indian Youth in a Changing Society” Accepted for the 8th International Conference on Asian Youth and Childhoods, of the International Sociological Association (ISA), 2007, Lucknow, India.

Professionl Activities/Awards


  • UGC Research Fellowship
  • Commonwealth Split-Site Doctoral Scholarship


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