BBI Welcomes Gagan Chhabra, Doctoral Candidate from Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway

November 5, 2018

Gagan Chhabra

The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University welcomes Gagan Chhabra, Doctoral Candidate in Social Work and Social Policy from Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway. Chhabra, who is 32 years old and visually impaired, came to the United States in 2018 for a research visit at the University of California, Berkeley. He was invited by Professor Peter Blanck to disseminate his research work and to connect with like-minded researchers and policy makers at BBI. During his research visit on the East Coast, he will present comparative findings from his Ph.D. project at BBI. Subsequently, he will travel to Washington D.C. and secure insightful inputs from experienced public bureaucrats and policy makers on his comparative research. Thereafter, he plans to travel to Harvard University and New York City to share the comparative results from the research project in the remaining part of his East Coast research visit in November. “I am very thankful to Professor Peter Blanck for giving me this exciting opportunity to share my research and to connect with experienced colleagues at BBI”, says Chhabra.

Gagan’s educational background includes two masters in Norway (masters in International Social Welfare and Health Policy from Oslo Metropolitan University, and a masters in Special Needs Education from University of Oslo). Prior to that, he earned a masters/post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore with a specific focus on Corporate Strategy, Human Resource Management and Marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce, with advanced accountancy and auditing. He has worked as a management consultant in India and as a guest lecturer and tutor at Oslo Metropolitan University.

Gagan will be concluding his research stay in the United States in the end of February 2019, and will submit his Doctoral Dissertation at the end of 2019. His first research article will soon be published in ALTER European Journal of Disability Research, and the second article is under review at the Journal of Disability Policy Studies in the United States. 

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