I am a PhD Student at UCL Geography (2022 -2025). My research focuses on the relationship between hiphop, gender, and youth aspirations in Delhi. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) UBEL-DTP studentship. My primary supervisor is Dr. Andrew Harris, and my secondary supervisor is Dr. Pushpa Arabindoo.
I hold a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies (2017) from Grinnell College, and an MSc in Contemporary India Studies from SOAS, University of London. After graduating in 2018, I worked with various organisations in the development sector. My professional interests centred on co-creating learning and evaluation frameworks through participatory mechanisms with young people — those directly impacted by the programmes we were working on.
I am passionate about centring this same approach in my doctoral project — ensuring that the outputs that I produce are translatable beyond academia, and are engaging and accessible to the communities and organisations I will engage in my project and beyond.
Image is Mark Bhatia, performing at Nehru Place Social, Delhi. 28th June, 2023.