We work as a research network, with a core team in Goa and associates & advisors from around the world.

Core Team

Urvashi Aneja

Urvashi Aneja is Founding Director of Tandem Research. She works on the governance and sociology of emerging technology; southern partnerships for humanitarian and development assistance; and the power and politics of global civil society. Urvashi is also Associate Fellow at Chatham House and a columnist for the Indian Express. She has a PhD from the Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford. Previously, she was Associate Professor of International Relations at the OP Jindal Global University and Research Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation.

Vikrom Mathur

Vikrom is an anthropologist of science and technology. His diverse research interests include the governance of emerging technologies, social and cultural dimensions of technological transitions, political and social contingencies on the production of scientific knowledge about Nature, cultural perceptions of environmental risk, dynamics between science and policy, and Cultural Theory. He has a PhD from the Institute of Science, Society, and Innovation at the University of Oxford. Vikrom is a Senior Fellow of the Observer Research Foundation & Associate Fellow of the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Mawii Zothan

Zothan Mawii is Research Fellow at Tandem Research. Her current work focuses on Artificial Intelligence, the platform economy, and the intersection of gender and technology in South Asia. She is interested in digital labour, online social movements, and internet rights. She holds a MA in Digital Culture and Society from King's College London and a BA (Hons) in English from St. Stephen's College, DU.

Abishek Reddy

Abishek Reddy K is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research. His current work is focused on the technological  trajectories and social effects of  Artificial Intelligence. He is interested in understanding the relationship between technology, society and behaviour, and how they shape each other. He has a MSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences and BE(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technological Sciences, Pilani

Zaheb Ahmad

Zaheb is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research where he leads the Sustainability Transitions programme. His work focuses on governance and social dimensions of transitions in the environmental sector. His Master’s thesis explores the domestic environmental regime in response to global environmental frameworks, and evaluates the effects of the Clean Development Mechanism on communities in India. Zaheb holds an LL.M with specialisation in Environmental Law from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and B.L.S, LL.B from Government Law College, University of Mumbai.

Angelina Chamuah

Angelina Chamuah is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research. Her current work is focused on understanding regulatory frameworks for emerging technologies in India.She is interested in studying the development of emerging technologies and the complex entanglements between technology and society. Her M.Phil. research is centered on human-machine interactions in the context of social robotics and engages with questions of design and agency in the building of affective relationalities between humans and social robots. She has an M.A and M.Phil. in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics and a B.A (H) in Sociology from Miranda House, New Delhi.

Anushree Gupta

Anushree is a Research Associate at Tandem Research. She is interested in studying the embeddedness of technology in society, with a focus on technical workers. Her research interests include technology-mediated work, digital technologies and labour sociology. Her master's thesis examined the structure and dissemination of training in vocational education institutes (ITIs). Anushree has worked professionally on software development projects, including game development and social media analytics. She holds an MA in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a B. Tech. (ICT) from DA-IICT, Gandhinagar.

Aishwarya Shridhar

Aishwarya Shridhar is a Research Associate Tandem Research. Her current work is focused on the narratives of workers in India’s digital platform economy. Aishwarya is interested in the intersection of social identities with experiences of work. Her Master’s thesis is centred on perspectives of labour and community among sex workers in Mumbai. She has a MA in Social Work (Community Organisation and Development Practice) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and a BA in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi.

Pluto, Szabo & Luna

Szabo (father), Pluto (son) and Luna (daughter) are our in-house life-coaches, keepers of cheer and cuteness. They spend most of the day swimming, sleeping, and eating. They enjoy attending the occasional policy discussion.

Advisory Board

Rathin Roy

Dr. Rathin Roy is the Director of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. With postings in London, New York, Kathmandu, Brasilia and Bangkok, he has worked as an Economic Diplomat and Policy Advisor with the United Nations Development Program, with a particular focus on emerging economies. He has also worked as an investment banker and as an academic economist, with research on fiscal space, fiscal decentralization, macro-fiscal policy, and the economics of institutions. Dr. Roy is Member, India Advisory Committee, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial System, Member on the Meta Council on Inclusive Growth, World Economic Forum, Geneva, and Member, Poverty Task Force, Government of India. Dr. Roy holds a Ph.D and an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and BA (Hons) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.

Varun Sahni

Varun Sahni is Vice-Chancellor, Goa University. From December 2008 to January 2012, he served as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu.He is also Professor in International Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (currently on deputation leave). At JNU, he has served three times as Chairperson, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD) and was also Director, International Collaboration Office. Professor Sahni has been "Personnalité d'Avenir" at the French Foreign Ministry (1995) and was a Member of Mexico's Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (National System of Researchers) (1999-2002). He serves on the editorial boards of The Chinese Journal of International Politics (Oxford University Press), Asian Security Series, Stanford University Press, Contemporary Politics (Taylor & Francis), and International Studies Quarterly. He is Chairman of the Programme Committee of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi and a Member of the FIST Advisory Board of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Associate Fellows

Anja Kovacs

Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi, India, which works for an Internet that supports free speech, democracy and social justice in India and beyond. Anja’s research and advocacy focuses especially on questions regarding freedom of expression, cybersecurity and the architecture of Internet governance. She has been a member of the of the Investment Committee of the Digital Defenders Partnership and of the Steering Committee of Best Bits, a global network of civil society members. She obtained her PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK.

Charlotte Bruckerman

Charlotte Bruckerman specializes on the intersection of economic and ecological processes from an anthropological perspective in contemporary China. She explores how financialization and deindustrialization reconfigure spatial relations through government policies constructing Chinese Ecological Civilization. She completed a PhD in anthropology at the University of Oxford in 2013 based on 16 months of fieldwork living with rural families in China’s coal producing region of Shanxi. She is currently a Research Fellow on a team examining the Frontlines of Class, Value and Social Transformation in 21st Century Capitalism at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Lilly Irani

Lilly Irani is an Assistant Professor of Communication & Science Studies at University of California, San Diego. She also sits on the faculty of the Design Lab, the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, and Critical Gender Studies. She is author of Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India (Princeton University Press, 2019). She has also extensively studied and collaborated with workers in the data processing platform Amazon Mechanical Turk. She is a co-founder and maintainer of digital labor activism tool Turkopticon. Her work has appeared at ACM SIGCHI, New Media & Society, Science, Technology & Human Values, South Atlantic Quarterly, and other venues. She has a Ph.D. in Informatics from University of California, Irvine.

Vir Kashyap

Vir Kashyap is currently Director of International Strategy at Indeed (part of Recruit Holdings). Previously, he co-founded Babajob.com— India's largest job platform for lightly skilled workers which was acquired by Quikr. Further, he was a Partner at Indaves— an early stage venture capital firm in India. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Religion from Bowdoin College, Vir began his career as an analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York. His experience also includes a stint at Epinions.com (now part of eBay) in Silicon Valley where he helped launch the enterprise-computing vertical. Throughout his career, Vir has actively advised and invested in passionate entrepreneurs.

Ananth Padmanabhan

Ananth Padmanabhan is a fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and is part of CPR’s newly launched technology and society initiative. His research interests are in the fields of technology policy, data governance, intellectual property rights, and innovation scholarship. He has authored a leading treatise, Intellectual Property Rights: Infringement and Remedies (LexisNexis, 2012), and co-edited an important volume, India as a Pioneer of Innovation (OUP, 2017).Previously, Ananth worked with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New Delhi.He holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is presently completing his doctoral thesis on digital copyright at the same institution.

Aalok Khandekar

Aalok Khandekar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology/ Sociology at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad and Visiting Researcher at Department of Anthropology at University of California Irvine (USA). Khandekar has an interdisciplinary background, with under/graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and a doctoral degree in Science and Technology Studies (STS; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA). His research and teaching have focused on a diverse range of topics, including transboundary flows of technical experts, engineering cultures, environmental health, urban studies, and civic data infrastructures.