Nithya Joseph is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the French Institute of Pondicherry, a research institution under the joint supervision of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), where she is working on a project titled "Depleted by debt? Focusing a Gendered Lens on Climate Resilience, Credit and Malnutrition in Translocal Cambodia and South India".
The project compares debt relations within particular regions in Cambodia and South India from where there is significant migration, to work in brick kilns as well as in other sectors. The villages selected for the study have different environmental profiles and the project examines the role of climate factors in determining different forms of vulnerability and resilience. These are understood in terms of the conditions of work in the village and in the sites of migration, levels and impact of indebtedness, and variations in food access - paying particular attention to intra-household differences in order to understand the ways in which they are gendered.