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

Core Team

Urvashi Aneja

Urvashi studies the politics, social impacts, and ethics of technology transitions in the global south. She has written extensively on the challenges and risks of AI in India, the emerging gig economy and labor well-being, data governance and gender and technology. She has served on government committees for artificial intelligence and frontier technologies. Urvashi is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, a Tech and Social justice champion at the World Economic Forum, and a former member of the T20 Task Force for the Future of Work in the G20. She regularly writes for national media publications and has been quoted in the BBC, Reuters, CNBC, Times of India, and Indian Express, among others. Previously she was a Research Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and Associate Professor at the Jindal School of International Affairs. Urvashi has a Doctorate from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Oxford

Vikrom Mathur

Vikrom believes that interdisciplinary research on cultural attitudes towards nature and technology need to inform contemporary debates on societal futures. His research interests include the governance of emerging technologies, social and cultural dimensions of technological transitions, cultural perceptions of environmental risk, dynamics between science and policy, and Cultural Theory. He is currently setting up India’s first Urban Living Lab in Panjim as a platform to design, test and fine-tune socio-technical innovation in local urban spaces. He has a PhD from the Institute of Science, Society, and Innovation at the University of Oxford.

Amrita Vasudevan

Amrita is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research. Her work currently focuses on investigating the intersections of AI and society in the context of the global South. She is interested in understanding the redistributional effects of tech policy in India and situating the politics of big data in developing countries. Her work has previously looked at the regulation of digital technology through a feminist lens. Amrita holds LL.Ms from Yale Law School and the NALSAR University of Law and a BA. LL.B from School of Law, Christ University.

Angelina Chamuah

Angelina Chamuah is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research. Her current work examines the social and ethical implications of AI and other emerging technologies in India. She has been studying the impact of AI in India across different sectors including agriculture, healthcare, policing, and finance. Key to her research are questions of values and interests that drive socio-technological imaginaries of AI and the future of AI governance in India. In addition to AI, her research interests include the role of Big Tech companies in India, politics of data and human-machine interaction. She holds an M.Phil in Sociology and a Masters in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, DU.

Ashali Bhandari

Ashali Bhandari is a Senior Urban Planner at Tandem Research where she leads the Future Cities programme. Her work focuses on generating anticipatory knowledge and implementing urban experiments that reimagine the trajectory of growth for mid-sized cities in India. In the past, she has pursued her interest in the intersectionality of climate change, women’s access to urban spaces and informal livelihoods through her work in cities in India and Bangladesh. She also has experience in data driven climate action, participatory planning, greenfield site planning and affordable housing. She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Middlebury College.

Charu Pragya

Charu Pragya is a research associate with the Future of Work & Learning initiative at Tandem. Her current research interests are in the advent of digital work and the resulting labour market transformations, digital development, and social reproduction in the context of modern technological changes. Charu has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Delhi and an MA in Philosophy from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Harsh Bajpai

Harsh Bajpai is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research. His research interest lies at the intersection of technology, digital humanities and political economy in the global south. His work explores the design and deployment of A.I. & ML applications by placing them in a given sociological structure. He is currently pursuing his doctorate from Durham University, U.K., and holds L.L.M. from George Washington University, U.S.A. and L.L.B. from Symbiosis International University."

Hema Vaishnavi Ale

Hema is passionate about urban studies, sustainability practices, environmental conflicts and movements, investigating the impacts of the climate crisis on people and extreme weather events and their resilience capabilities. At Tandem, her focus is on two initiatives: Future Cities and Human Choice and Climate Change. She obtained an M. Phil in social anthropology from IIT Hyderabad, where her thesis was an ethnography on activist networks towards climate crisis action in India. She has an M.A in political science from IGNOU and a B. Tech in Biotechnology from SRM University.

Karthikeyan Kuppu

Karthikeyan Kuppu works within the Mobility and Data Governance verticals of the Urban Living Lab at Tandem Research. His interests lie in leveraging data to solve mobility issues and to answer data policy questions through AI and technology lenses. Karthik holds a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Since 2017, he has worked in Mexico, India, and the United States with government bodies to implement mobility initiatives and policies.

Zaheb Ahmad

Zaheb is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research. His work explores institutions and governance arrangements in India, anchoring people-centred approaches to the environment and data. Zaheb is currently working on setting up an 'urban living lab' in Panaji - an experimental governance approach, established at the boundaries between research, innovation and policy, for urban sustainability transitions 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. His Master’s research deconstructs the functioning of the Environmental Impact Assessment mechanism in India and explores environmental justice implications for impacted communities.

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

Champa Patel

Dr Champa Patel became Director of the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House in September 2017. Before joining Chatham House she held several roles at Amnesty International including as the Regional Director for South Asia and South East Asia and Pacific Offices for Amnesty International, responsible for managing the research, campaigns, media and advocacy for the region and Global Director Campaigns. Prior to Amnesty she worked in public health for almost a decade, focused on children at-risk, refugees, asylum seekers and internal trafficking. She is a board member for the International Detention Coalition, honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham and on the Editorial Board of Human Rights Quarterly.

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

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.

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.