Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Geschlechterforschung (IZFG)


Postdoc responsibilities:

  • 50% of ‘protected time’ for my postdoc project titled ‘The gendered postcolonial pandemic’, exploring the geopolitical implications of colonial regimes and logics, for the Covid pandemic.
  • 50% of work time dedicated to two main activities: a. An ‘Oral histories of feminist theory’ project done with Prof Patricia Purtschert as the lead investigator b. A seminar course titled ‘Feminist and postcolonial critiques of neoliberalism’, to be co-instructed with Professor Purtschert.
  • Other responsibilities include organizing workshops and participating in the activities or the graduate school for gender studies as well as co-editing and writing for the anthology volume titled ‘doing gender studies otherwise’ (currently in press).
  • Scholar of public policy and social policy
  • Postdoctoral researcher
  • Postdoc project: Study of postcolonial and gendered power relations within the science, business and knowledges surrounding the COVID pandemic
  • Dissertation: "Governing through 'problems': Problematising anti-sexual harassment at workplace policies in the Indian context", submission: January 2022
  • at the IZFG since: 2019-2020 and 2022- ongoing

I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies (ICFG) since 2022. My primary research interests are critical policy studies, gender studies, feminist theory, postcolonial and decolonial theories, epistemic justice and critical approaches to neoliberalism(s) and nationalism(s). Specifically, I study gender and social policies, applying poststructuralist and intersectional feminist analytical tools to the study of how policy ‘problems’ are formulated – what is included in policy proposals and what remains excluded?

I have completed my PhD at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (2016-2022). Prior to that, I earned my Master’s degree in sustainable development at HEC Paris (2014-2015) and an integrated bachelor’s and master’s degree in Software Engineering from VIT University, India. At present, I am working on two projects.

a. My postdoc project where I analyse recent policy frameworks in India that invoke discourses of gender and development. The analysis is done from a postcolonial and feminist perspective.

b. The project ‘The many futures of Gender: Oral histories of feminist theory’ with the Lead Investigator Prof. Purtschert, where we interview feminist scholars from all over the world, to produce varied accounts of feminist theories, activism, praxis and worldmaking.

I am also an editor for the working paper series Gender(ed) thoughts’ housed at the University of Goettingen and a co-editor for the volume ‘Doing gender studies: Producing research otherwise’ – a volume that showcases the multi-lateral co-operation between the graduate schools (gender studies) of Bern, Basel and Zurich. I am a member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the Evaluation Community of India (ECOI), the Swiss Association for Gender Studies (SAGS) and the British Sociological Association (BSA).

In 2022 (July-August 2022), I was a visiting scholar at the University of Westminster’s Center for the Study of Democracy. In 2019, I received the Swiss Government Excellence scholarship for one year (2019-2020) for conducting part of my doctoral research at University of Bern. In 2018, I received the Ford Foundation and Institute of Social Sciences Trust’s grant titled ‘Small Grant for feminist research’ – for developing a policy evaluation framework using feminist theories.

I strongly advocate for postcolonial, decolonial, feminist, secular and anti-caste politics and have addressed this in my work (Dixit, 2023). This has also been the focus of two workshops I organised in 2023, with funding from the University of Bern, on decolonialities, postcolonialities and nationalist pasts, presents and futures. Together with Prof. Purtschert, I co-conduct the (ongoing) ‘intersectional feminist research colloquium’ – a platform for graduate scholars and early-mid career academics to present and discuss our research with a specific focus on intersectionality.

In terms of teaching, I co-instructed ‘Feminist and postcolonial critiques of neoliberalism’, together with Prof. Purtschert in the fall of 2022. I am also the co-conductor of the (ongoing and recurring) intersectional feminist research colloquium hosted together with Prof. Purtschert and have instructed the ‘gender medicine’ class held for the ethics week of medical resident training at the University hospital in Bern.

My Website link

LinkedIn page

Academic CV available for download: 23-11-2023 CV Dixit

Thematic priorities

  • Critiques of neoliberal regimes in situated contexts – such as workplace sexual harassment or so clled ‘vaccine hesitancy’ oft he ‘developing world’ during the COVID pandemic
  • Social inqequality and feminist theory
  • The labelling of ‘scientificity’ of knowledges – postcolonial critiques
  • Workplace precarity and cultures of compliance
  • Problematizing legal technologies tht produce (colonial) binary seggregations – e.g. the ‘reasonable person’, principles of ‘natural’ justice and quid pro quo

Methodological priorities

  • Qualitative research
  • Critical and feminist methodologies
  • Poststructuralist and postcolonial research

Book Chapters

Verma, S. & Dixit, A. (2020) (shared first authorship). A Governance-Practice Framework for Remanufacturing in the Indian Automobile Sector. In A. Kumar, J.A. Garza-Reyes, & S.A.R. Khan (Eds.), Circular Economy for the management of operations. Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 9781003002482.

Dixit, A., & Mathur, N. (2021). Evaluating policies and programs that address sexual harassment: A feminist deconstruction framework for the Indian context. In R. Nandi, & Sudarshan, R.M., (Eds.), Recognizing connectedness: The practice of Feminist Evaluation (pp. 87-161). Zubaan Books. ISBN: 978 93 90514 44 1.

Dixit, A & Samar (in press). Hegemonic discourses of religion and citizenship. Handbook: Religion, Gender, & Sexuality. Bloomsbury (forthcoming)

Dixit, A. (in press). Participatory development: An analysis of Ostrom’s framework of seven design principles in context of social enterprises in India. Edited volume on social entrepreneurship. Springer (forthcoming)

Manuscripts in preparation

Dixit, A. (2020) Epistemic impunity and self-problematization: Engaging with speakability, ethics and politics of research(ing) [unpublished manuscript]. Public Systems Group, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. [Under review]

Dixit, A. (21/05/2021). The Argumentations Within: Fighting Rejections while Acknowledging Privilege in Researcher Subjecthood. Targeted Journal: Organization.


Manufacturing absences: The absence of caste in India’s anti Sexual Harassment legislation. Author: Anukriti Dixit. Published in ’’ (January 2021).

Journal Articles

Dixit, A. (2023). Caste(d) knowledges: (Self)-problematising epistemic impunity and caste-privilege in academia.Organization, 0(0).

Dixit, A., Pinto, J.S., & Garde, J. (2020). Making Connections: An interview with Margo Okazawa Rey. Gender Studies, resident publication of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, University of Bern.

Dixit, A. Postcolonial pandemic: Inadequate science, deferential business and disposable lives of the Global South. Doing Gender Studies Otherwise, an anthology series edited by the gender studies cohort of Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich.

Peer reviewed conference papers/presentations/panels

Dixit, A. (27/08/2021). “It is about compliance, not social justice”: Compliance as a neoliberal technology. Work Employment and Society annual conference, 2021.

Dixit, A. (21/05/2021). The Argumentations Within: Fighting Rejections while Acknowledging Privilege in Researcher Subjecthood. 17th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, June 2021.

Dixit, A. (15/04/2021). Governing through ’problems’: public policies as discursive practices. British Sociological Association Annual Virtual Conference, April 2021

Dixit, A., Sarin, A., & Purtschert, P. (15/04/2020). Problematizing sexual harassment at workplaces in context of India’s policymaking. 39th Indian Labour Process Conference (ILPC), University of Greenwich (virtually presented)

Dixit, A., & Mathur, N. (05/07/2021). Agency, hegemony and political participation: A critical look at the politics of parliamentary representation of women in India. European Conference of Politics and Gender (3-6th July 2019).

Dixit, A. & Mathur, N. (08/02/2018) Policy evaluation of India’s law on Sexual harassment of women at workplaces. Authors: Anukriti Dixit Navdeep Mathur. EvalFest, New Delhi 2018.

Dixit, A. (2017). Participatory governance and the social enterprise. Authors: Anukriti Dixit. International Consortium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research, Christ University, Bangalore, 2017 (Best paper award).

  • Strategic Management in Emerging Markets (Cornell University certificate course, Hyderabad, June 2012)
  • Revenue Management & Dynamic Pricing (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, November 2012)