PhD defence by Sanghamitra Chakravarty

A development lens to resource constrained innovation: Exploring frugality in medical device manufacturing in South Africa
PhD student

Sanghamitra Chakravarty

Friday 4 Nov 2022, 15:00 - 17:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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On 4 November 2022 Sanghamitra Chakravarty will defend her PhD thesis looking at innovations and resource constraints in the healthcare sector

Her overarching research question is how does resource constrained innovation influence the direction of technological change?

She argues that most medical devices by firms from high income countries which focus on their home markets. There is an urgent need to investigate alternative sources of frugal medical devices that can serve markets in resource-restricted settings.

Chakravarty focuses on firms in developing countries, advancing a 'development lens' to resource-constrained innovation taking into consideration both innovation for and under resource constraint. Her focus is on South Africa as a middle-income country with a sophisticated industrial base, legacy of biomedical innovation and a growing medical device manufacturing sector.

Doctoral Board


Professor Karin Arts

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Peter Knorringa, ISS
Professor Cees van Beers, Delft University of Technology
Dr Georgina Gomez, ISS

Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Judith Sutz, University of the Republic Uruguay
Dr Glenda Kruss, Human Sciences Research Council
Professor Erika Kraemer-Mbula, University of Johannesburg
Dr Henny Romijn, Eindhoven University of Technology
Professor Arjun Bedi, ISS
Dr Oane Visser, ISS

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The ceremony will begin promptly at 15.00 hrs in the Aula of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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