Kailash Tandel completed his BA in Sociology from St. Xavierâ€™s College, Mumbai in 2007. Two years later, he completed his Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and then went on to complete his MPhil from the same institution in 2016. While studying for his MPhil, he also worked as a coordinator at the M K Tata Learning Centre for the Visually Challenged at TISS between 2010 and 2014. During this period, he also enrolled for a degree in law at the Government Law College, Mumbai and successfully completed two years of the three-year course. During his MSW, he undertook research on his own community, the Kolis of Mumbai, in a project titled â€˜Globalisation and its impact on the fishing community in South Mumbai (Colaba)â€™. One of the outcomes of his MSW research was that he was able to design and run personality development classes for the youth at the Machchimar Nagar fishing community, Mumbai, which enabled these youth to continue with their education and seek attractive alternate careers as well. While studying for his MPhil, Kailash continued his research on the Koli community, this time from a theoretical perspective, and published a paper titled â€œReflection of contemporary geopolitics â€” special reference to eminent domain in the Koli communityâ€. His research during MSW and MPhil motivated him to continue research in the same field at the IITB-Monash Research Academy, and his broad research project for his PhD programme at the Academy is titled, â€˜Lives, livelihoods and aspirations of the Kolis in Mumbai: urban transformation, space, habitat, and coastal contestationsâ€™ under the guidance of Prof. Dharma Arunachalam, Prof. Marika Vicziany, and Prof. D. Parthasarathy.
Link to student’s project: HSS0707b