Hello! I’m a first-year PhD student in the department of geography.
My research focuses broadly on water-society relations, state power and infrastructures, and I draw from perspectives of feminist political ecology, and science and technology studies. I am currently interested in understanding how state water bureaucracies play a role in explaining the politics connecting the state to water, and water to people, and how such bureaucracies evolve, function on the inside, and view the world.
In the past, I have worked on a wide range of research and teaching assignments, including transboundary water governance, techno-economic environmental modelling, normative ethics in public policy and professional ethics at the Centre for Policy Research and Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India, among others. Following my interest in normative ethics and governance, I co-wrote (with Shashi Motilal and Keya Maitra), The Ethics of Governance: Moral Limits of Policy Decisions (Springer Singapore 2021). The book presents a global, decolonial and expanded normative lens on contemporary issues of governance in India, in a way that is accessible to intelligent lay readers.
My academic training has been in economics with specialization in the environment. As a novice geographer, I strive to draw liberally (and meaningfully) from insights and tools of social sciences, the humanities and the physical sciences, uninhibited by disciplinary boundaries, to pursue research problems that concern the nature-society imbroglio, and command a critical and transdisciplinary inquiry.