I am a social scientist with a background in historical sociology, development studies and South Asian studies. My research interests include the interaction between the state and society, the role of people and social movements in social change, and state formation and governance. In addition to these general themes and in light of the “youth bulge” challenge facing many countries, I am interested in exploring the role youth can play in holding power to account.

Prior to joining CMI and U4, I was manager of a development programme to increase youth participation and leadership in civil society in Nepal, Uganda, and Tanzania for a Norwegian NGO.

In addition, I've held academic research roles at l’École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris. As a research associate at the University of Oxford, I published a book Opening the hidden land – on state formation processes and social relations in the multi-ethnic Indian state of Sikkim.

I hold a doctorate and masters from the University of Oxford in South and Inner-Asian/Oriental Studies as well as a BA in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.


Online training and workshops

Recent work

  • Publication | U4 Issue
    Addressing illicit financial flows for anti-corruption at country level

    9 Jun 2019

    Approaches for donors to achieve coordinated policy responses to stem illicit financial flows.

    Illicit financial flows
  • Publication | U4 Issue
    Follow the integrity trendsetter

    20 Feb 2019

    In some societies people come to see corruption as the norm. Programmes that bring youth into contact with integrity trendsetters can help change these attitudes, building trust in government officials.

    People's engagement
  • Publication | U4 Helpdesk Answer
    Bangladesh: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption efforts

    14 Feb 2019

    The extent of corruption and its effect on the poor. How it prevails in sectors such the judiciary, and what forms it takes. The main drivers, and the anti-corruption actors and initiatives.

    Anti-corruption basics
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    Anti-corruption through a social norms lens

    15 Oct 2018

    Social norms in communities, families, and organisations are key to understanding why corruption persists. Strategies to diagnose and relieve social pressures can help anti-corruption reforms succeed.

    Informal contexts
  • Publication | U4 Helpdesk Answer
    Anti-corruption and integrity awards

    19 Jul 2018

    For decades, anti-corruption strategies have been based on an understanding that corrupt people were rational beings, making rational decisions when they decide to engage in corruption. As a result, t...

    People's engagement

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