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.
11 May 2020
Independent reporting that helps uncover corruption is under new threat as a result of the pandemic.
30 Apr 2020
Large disbursements of funds to tackle the current crisis are at risk of corruption. Through digital accountability networks, civil society can play a crucial role in ensuring funds for the pandemic reach their destination.
26 Mar 2020
Maintenir la lutte contre la corruption durant la réponse à l’épidémie du Covid-19 s’avère essentiel.
26 Mar 2020
This pandemic will be seen by some as an opportunity to take advantage of the emergency to abuse their power for private gain. In this unique circumstance, it is critical that corruption not be ignored.
3 Mar 2020
Youth-centric anti-corruption programmes have the potential to turn innovative ideas into effective initiatives to reduce corruption and hold governments accountable.