Ekta Srivastava

Postgraduate Research Student
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
 Ekta Srivastava


Ask me about
  • Psychoanalytic Research in Social Contexts
  • Relational Perspectives
  • Culture and Psyche
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Migration and Forced Displacement
  • Home


Ekta is a researcher in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex. She holds an MA in Psychosocial Clinical Studies and a BA in English Literature, as well as an MBA in Marketing Management and a Diploma in Fine Arts. She is a psychoanalytically oriented clinician in private practice in India, and has worked for a year with a refugee camp in the city of Delhi providing psychosocial therapeutic support. Her doctoral thesis explores the hermeneutic dimensions of 'home' and the ways in which these occupy the lives and selves of rural women migrants living in urban village communities in India. She is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Stephen Mitchell Award, sponsored by Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She has presented papers at the Department's Postgraduate Research Conference in 2023, APA's Division 39 Spring Conference 2022, and at the 'Memory of Place and Place of Memory' Conference organized by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in 2021. Her publications include: Home in Border Crossings: A Psychoanalytic Study of Dislocations in the Lives of Female Domestic Workers, Journal Article, Psychoanalytic Psychology, 2022 Re-membering Home, Book Chapter (Poem), Mind in the Line of Fire: Psychoanalytic Voices to the Challenges of Our Times, Upcoming


  • MA Psychosocial Clinical Studies Ambedkar University Delhi (2021)

  • MBA in Marketing School of Inspired Leadership (2014)

  • BA English Literature Delhi University (2011)

Research and professional activities


On Psychic Shelters and Survival: A Critical-Cultural Psychoanalytic Study of the Sense of Home in the Lives of Migrant Women in Delhis Urban Villages

Understanding the subjective sense of home, along with it's continual evolution and psychic preservation, through repeated relational failures which threaten to render one homeless, is the focus of this research project - through bearing witness to, and formulating a critical, cultural, psychoanalytic theorization of, the sense of home in the lives of women migrants residing in urban village settlements in the National Capital Region of Delhi, India.

Supervisor: Renos K. Papadopoulos

Research interests

Critical Psychoanalysis, Cultural Psychology, Psychosocial Studies, Relational Perspectives



Colchester Campus