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.