International Partners

BALM collaborates with the following universities:

- Athena Institute at the Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam – BALM partners with VU for conducting Research, PhD programmes, special courses and workshops. Faculty from VU teach at BALM as Visiting Professors. Students of VU conduct Research projects at BALM within the setting of The Banyan and its services.

- Rutgers University, USA: Towards offering joint research, teaching, and faculty exchange programmes through Winter and Summer Institutes (at BALM) offering niche courses on the homelessness – mental ill health – poverty nexus, and the social ecology of mental health.

- New York University – McSilver Poverty Institute, School of Social Work, USA: Towards joint research and publication, particularly on themes of marginality, homelessness, and housing programmes.

- Oxford University – Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, UK: Towards joint research and implementation programmes that focus on wellbeing oriented mental health service provision, and the joint development of online courses, modules and content based on the same.

- Cornell University – Department of Anthropology: Towards joint research, publication, and implementation of a Tribal Mental Health Programme in the Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu.

Winter – Summer Institute with Rutgers University, USA
Students from Rutgers University visit BALM to learn what personal recovery for mentally ill persons actually means in a low income country. Following which, students will systematically unpack elements within the social ecology of these individuals either contribute to, or hamper, recovery. Examples of these elements include subjective experiences of illness and wellness at an intrapersonal level; urbanity and rurality at the geographic level; social exclusion and loss of social capital, violence, poverty, stigma, the intersections of class and caste, homelessness, and other structural barriers to recovery at the societal level; and health and human services policies at the governmental level.

This is a field-based course. Hence, the pedagogy will be principally experiential, marked by immersion in the field, the discovery of learning opportunities, followed by collective debrief and discussion of assigned readings as applicable to individual field experiences.