I am passionate about ethical research that can help us understand the socio-technical practices of communities living at the margins of society. A major strand of my research focuses on how informality shapes everyday life and technology use, and how this can inform the design of bottom-up community-centric technologies.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the dgp Lab at University of Toronto’s Computer Science Department. Here I work with Prof. Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed and the Thirdspace research group. In May 2019, I completed my Ph.D. from the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where I was adviced by Prof. Joyojeet Pal. I hold a MS in Economics and a BE in Electronics Engineering with prior experience in education research and data analytics.
My research is interdisciplinary, influenced by theories and concepts from STS, sociology, development studies, and institutional analysis, and existing socio-technical research drawn from HCI/CSCW and information studies.
PhD in Information, 2019
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
MS in Economics, 2009
Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India
BE in Electronics and Communications, 2006
Imagining new design paradigms that are cognizant of the interplay between the formal and informal
How can we be more generous to actors when designing?
Studying the technical infrastructures supporting informal transnational networks