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Priya is a doctoral researcher at the School of Area Studies, Sociology, History, Politics and Literature. Her thesis Designing the Right to Surrogacy in India: Neoliberal Homo-Normativity and Primitive Accumulation in the Global North-South asks if the integration of privileged queer bodies and their reproduction through the use of gestational labour reinforces dominant paradigms of domesticity and consumption that belong to earlier periods of capitalist crisis. Priya’s inspiration comes from examining the various ways through which the moral rehabilitation of subaltern women takes place globally through NGOs, the UN’s regime of International Human Rights, western feminism, LGBTQ + activism, International Development, governments, the biomedical industry in surrogacy as well as universities. Decolonizing narratives about the ‘agency’ of women in the Global South are produced by networks all over the world. A global Civil Society sets itself the task of liberating the subaltern woman from patriarchy and poverty. Priya’s research is about drawing attention to the sociological ways in which this metropolitan project fails to register the new regimes of extraction that afford many of us in the Global North the right to produce life.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions