Amrita Pande (Associate Professor)
My research revolves around globalisation and the intimate, with a focus on reproductive labour and new reproductive technologies. My most recent book is based on the multi-billion dollar industry of paid pregnancy, Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India (2014: Columbia University Press). For more details on the book see https://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-16990-5/wombs-in-labor” Related publications have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals like Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Gender and Society, Critical Social Policy, International Migration Review, Qualitative Sociology, Feminist Studies, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Anthropologica, PhiloSOPHIA, Reproductive BioMedicine and in numerous edited volumes and newspapers.Most articles are available for download at https://uct.academia.edu/Amritapande
I regularly write for national newspapers across the world and have been invited to discuss my work on surrogacy on Laurie Taylor's Thinking Allowed on the BBC, Sarah Carey’s Newstalk on Irish radio, DR2 Deadline on Danish National television, Morning Live on SABC2, South Africa and Otherwise SAfM.
I am currently leading a research project Rand and the Reproductive Body: Markets for Reproduction in South Africa, a large NRF-funded initiative based in the Sociology department. This project will map the "global fertility flows" (of eggs, sperms, travelling gamete donors and surrogates) that connect countries in the global south.
For related publications see:
Pande A. 2020. Revisiting Surrogacy in India: Domino effects of the Ban, Journal of Gender Studies, Online first available at https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/QA7UYXDSZVI22RY9MJTF/full?target=10.1080/09589236.2020.1830044
Pande, A. 2020. Visa stamps for injections: Traveling Bio-labour and South African egg provision, Gender and Society34(4): 573-596.
Pande. A. 2020. De(coding) “Loose women” in colonial archives, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Special Issue celebrating Professor Ari Sitas, Online first available at
Pande, A. 2020. From Boom to A Ban: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy In India. Revista Española de Derecho Constitucional(Peer Reviewed Spanish Journal), special issue on surrogacy edited by Maria Diaz Crego. Available at
https://www.iustel.com/v2/revistas/detalle_revista.asp?id=3&(translation available on request)
Pande. A, 2020. Are surrogate and IVF babies ‘essential’ in a pandemic? Mail and Guardian May 22
Pande, A and Moll, T. 2018. Gendered bio-responsibilities and travelling egg providers from South Africa
Pande. A, 2019. Want your eggs Black or White? Mail and Guardian Feb 1, 2019
Republished in online journal Confluence, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru
Pande. A, 2018. Labour Law Redefines Parenthood. Mail and Guardian Nov 29, 2018
Pande. A, 2018. Human Egg Providers are changing the way we think. Mail and Guardian Nov 9, 2018
In my other avatar I am an educator-performer involved in community and interactive theatre connecting the creative arts to social inquiry. I have been touring world-over with a multi-media theatre production, Made in India: Notes from a Baby Farm based on my recent book and ethnographic work on surrogacy. For details on the multimedia production see http://globalstories.net/productions/made-in-india/
Other Peer reviewed Publications (since 2015)
Pande, A. 2018. Intimate Counter-Spaces of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon International Migration review, online first https://doi.org/10.1111/IMRE.12325
Pande. A, 2017. Mobile Masculinities: Migrant Bangladeshi Men in South Africa Gender and Society, 31 (3): 383-406
Pande, Amrita. 2016. Surrogacy and Stratified Kinning, Jordens Folk (People of the Earth), Peer Reviewed Ethnographic Journal (In Danish), Special Issue on Mothers, 2016: 3-4, 41-48
Pande, Amrita. 2016. Global reproductive inequalities, Neo-Eugenics and Commercial Surrogacy in India, Current Sociology (issue on Global Inequalities and Hierarchies), Vol. 64(2) 244–258, edited by Manuela Boatca and Vilna Bashi Treitler
Pande, Amrita. 2015. Blood, Sweat and Dummy Tummies: Kin Labour and Transnational Surrogacy in India, Anthropologica: Canada's Anthropology Journal Vol 57, No 1: 53-62
Pande. A, 2017. Gestational Surrogacy in India: New Dynamics of Reproductive Labour,
Book chapter in Critical perspectives on work and employment in globalizing India
Ed. Ernesto Noronha and Premilla D’Cruz, Delhi: Springer: 267-282
Pande. A, 2017. Gestational Transnational commercial surrogacy in India: to ban or not to ban,
Book chapter in Global Babies: Transnational surrogacy and the New Politics of Reproduction Ed. Mirands Davies, Zed Books, London.
Pande. A, 2017. The Paradox of Surrogacy in India, Book Chapter in the Series Critical Posthumanism and Planetary Futures, Eds. Debashish Banerji and Makarand R. Paranjape. Delhi: Springer Publishers
Pande. A, 2017. Cross-Border Reproductive Surrogacy in India, Book Chapter In The Handbook of Gestational Surrogacy, International Clinical Practice & Policy Issues, edited by E Scott Sills, Cambridge University Press.
Pande. A, 2016. Surrogacy, Stratification and the State in India, Book Chapter in Global Bodies in Grey Zones: Health, Hope, Biotechnology, eds. Susanne Lundin, Charlotte Kroløkke, Elmi Muller & Michael Nebeling Petersen Stellenbosch: Sun Media. 2016: 95-106
Pande. A, 2015. Transnational Surrogacy and “kinning” rituals in India, Book Chapter in: Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility: Global Perspectives through the Life Course, edited by Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck and Glenda Bonifacio, Palgrave Macmillan
Pande. A, 2015. “Weekend families” of Migrant Domestic workers in Lebanon Book Chapter In Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship: Migrant domestic workers and family Life, edited by Maria Kontos and Glenda Bonifacio, Palgrave Macmillan. 300-316
I currently supervise learners interested in issues connected to globalisation and inequalities based on race, gender and sexuality, as well as topics related to reproduction and reproductive health. I encourage learners under my supervision to contribute to and gain from the peer mentoring element of the Rand and Reproduction project.