CURRENT RESEARCH

My current research explores the global data economy by situating it in the longue durée. I explore the following:

(a) the global data economy in India; and

(b) how social and ecological sustainability intersect with the expansion of this economy.

I am also developing collaborative research on digital technologies and the neurological condition of myelopathy.

RESEARCH COMPLETED

My first large-scale research project was for my PhD (2019), where I conceptualised and conducted a policy ethnography across Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Bangladesh, drawing on over a 100 interviews and informal conversations. This work is now available as Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). The book conceptualises the theoretical approach of Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach to the study of media policy and presents an expansive critical policy ethnography conducted in South Asia. This theoretical approach has since been developed further, and has received good reviews from scholars on media governance. I am the recipient of the Best Paper Award from the Communication Policy and Technology Section at IAMCR 2018 for my paper, Airing Imperium: A Historiography of Radio Governance in South Asia.

I have since been involved in a few research projects. These include conceptualising and writing about Hated Speech and the Costs of Freedom in India (2022), which is now part of Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression curriculum. Further, as part of a multi-country team, I researched for and coauthored Gender-sensitive AI Policy in Southeast Asia (2023). From 2021 to 2023, I was a Country Expert (India) for the multi-country European Research Council-funded Bottom-up Initiatives and Anti-Corruption Technologies (BIT-ACT) project housed at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Extending my academic work to the public and engaging with diverse stakeholders, I was part of a national consultation with the Government of India in 2018. I have also contributed opinion and think pieces to newspapers and institutional websites on education and media technology policies, and data governance and democracy.