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.

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 also leads Tandem's Research Business Development. He has a MSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences and BE(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technological Sciences, Pilani

Aishwarya Shridhar

Aishwarya Shridhar is a Research Fellow at 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 also leads Tandem's Research Learning & Development team. 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.

Natalia Sanchez Kumar

Natalia Sanchez is a Research Associate at Tandem Research. She is a social media and technology enthusiast with experience at the interface of web development, research, and graphic design. She completed a Liberal Arts and Computer Science program in Paris, France, and is finishing her Bachelor's degree in History at New York University in 2019. Her current work focuses on social Media and mental Illness among youth in India.

Mawii Zothan

Zothan Mawii is a researcher 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.

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.

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 has also worked as an international consultant on Internet issues, including for the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, as well as having been a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India. Prior to focusing her work on the information society, Anja researched and consulted on a wide range of development-related issues. She has lectured at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and Ambedkar University, Delhi, India, and has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout South Asia. 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. Carbon exchanges quantify, manage, and financialize the environmental behaviour of corporations and citizens. From urban consumers on smart grids to rural farmers planting trees to absorb carbon dioxide, carbon management provides integrative platforms for environmental governance that reconfigure China’s uneven rural-urban terrain. 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). Over the past few years, he has critically examined the policy implications of a wide range of technologies and solutions including digital identities, blockchain, civilian drones, gene editing, and electric mobility, with special focus on ease of innovating in India. His chapter on Big Data in a forthcoming volume on Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance (Hart Publishing, 2019), is part of a continuing initiative to examine the public law and regulatory dimensions of new technologies. It builds on his understanding of the Indian State and the Supreme Court within the constitutional context, explored through chapters in Rethinking Public Institutions in India (OUP, 2017), and the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (OUP, 2016). He engages in broader public conversations on the impact of technology through his opinion pieces in ThePrint, Livemint, Indian Express, and other print / new media. Previously, Ananth worked with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New Delhi, starting their technology policy research initiatives in India and the Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, an annual forum for stakeholder conversations on technology policy. He has practiced law in the Madras High Court and taught at several institutions including the National Law University, Jodhpur, and the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. 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 scholarly interests also span across these very different fields: across projects, he has worked to understand and facilitate collaboration across disciplinary and national borders. 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. In his current research, Khandekar manages the Indian component of an international multi-city project, The Asthma Files, examining different science-policy pathways and “styles of (environmental health) governance,” focusing especially on air pollution. He also participates in the development of the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE; pronounced "peace"), a digital platform seeking to create infrastructure to support transnationally distributed and collaborative research, especially in the empirical humanities. Khandekar currently serves as Managing Editor of infraStrucTureS, an archive, collaborative workspace, and publication platform for STS and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). From January 2018, he is also serving as Associate Editor of Engineering Studies, the journal of the International Network for Engineering Studies (INES). Khandekar also serves as Faculty Coordinator for the newly launched interdisciplinary Liberal Arts minor, Artificial Intelligence & Humanity, at IIT Hyderabad