Depleted By Debt is an interdisciplinary and comparative research project (ESRC-UK funding, 2019-2022) that investigates the interactions between debt, migration, food insecurity and climate change from a gender perspective. In collaboration with ecologists and nutritionists, we are investigating how surface irrigation, rainfall, soil fertility and salinity influence local (individual and village) trajectories of migration, indebtedness and food practices. The pandemic context also leads us to question the role of local ecosystems in the diversity of responses to the pandemic and its consequences. The research combines questionnaire surveys (400 households surveyed in 2021) and qualitative interviews (60 people followed up by telephone and then in person for almost a year) in both South India and Cambodia.
The Observatory of Rural Dynamics and Inequalities in South India (ODRIIS) analyses over the past 15 years how structural changes in contemporary South India are reshaping the organisation of work, social hierarchies and household livelihoods using first-hand and original data (quantitative and qualitative) collection tools.