Toxicity, Environment, Labour Markets, Infrastructures, Coal, India
India, Tamil Nadu
I am an anthropologist and filmmaker with research interests that span from toxic environments and labour markets to the politics of protest in South Asia. With a BA in Journalism and Communication (2012), and an MA in History and Literature (2016), I completed my PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh in 2022.
My doctoral research project at Edinburgh, which was generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust, focused on the everyday lives and livelihoods of those who live by state-owned coal fired thermal power plants in southern India, and conceptualizes their bodily engagement, labour, and protest in the context of the multiple toxic substances suffusing the landscape.
Currently, after having joined the Department ‘Anthropology of Politics and Governance’ as a research fellow, I am working on an early draft of my book manuscript, while also drawing on selected chapters from my doctoral dissertation, along with a range of audio-visual material, for various academic and non-academic publications.
Over the years, a selection of my films and photography projects have been screened and exhibited at various international conferences and festivals, with some of them available to view here.