Swati Banerjee was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University. She was visiting the Centre during the period September and October 2009 in the frame of the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Programme. This grant programme was financed by the European Commission.
Dr. Swati Banerjee is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Community Organisation and Development Practice, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Recently, she has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
She did her masters in Social Work with specialization in Urban and Rural Community Development from TISS, Mumbai, India and PhD in Rural Development from the University of Mumbai on 'Relationship Between Environment, Quality of Life and Gender of Indigenous Communities in India'. Also participated in several national and international conferences and research\study programmes including a programme on Gender Studies at the International Women's University (ifu), University of Kassel, Germany and a programme on Environment and Development at Schumacher College, U.K. Received fellowships from Ford Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) etc.
She is associated with several grassroots organisations in India working with Indigenous communities and poor urban and rural communites with a focus on women. She is also part of the task force of the Government of Maharashtra, India to look into issues of gender, livelihood and Self Help Groups.
Major areas of research interests include Gender and Development with a focus on women's collectives, Environment,Livelihood and Indigenous Communities. Major publications include, 'The Impact of depleting environment and changing patterns of life on the access to food of the Katkari tribal community in Raigad, Maharashtra, Change, transformation and Collective Action Towards Empowerment of Women etc.