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About Me

I am a historian, anthropologist and technology consultant. I am currently based in Mumbai, India as an independent researcher and urbanist. You can download my latest CV, contact me via electronic mail and follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

Since January 2014 I have been working as a consultant with the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW) and Hivos India in Mumbai.

Between 2005-2013 I pursued my doctorate in History and Anthropology in the Program in Science Technology & Society (STS) at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) where my research was on the history of technology and the urban environment in colonial Bombay City. I completed my dissertation titled Empire’s Metropolis: Money, Time and Space in Colonial Bombay, 1870-1920 and graduated with my PhD in September 2013.

Since 2008, I have been managing partner and co-director of the open source technology collective Topomancy (earlier known as Entropy Free). Our clients include the New York Public Library (NYPL) Maps Division, the Library of Congress, and the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) where I am on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Worldmap Project. Topomancy developed and maintains the Map Warper, Digital Gazetteer and Chronology of Places tools and services for libraries, archives and collections.

Since 2011 I founded and have coordinated ChaloBEST, a studio-learning initiative in sustainable mobility and urban transport at the Homi Bhabha Centre of Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) using data from BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking) to provide free and open source web and SMS services for public buses in Greater Mumbai.

From 2010-2011 I was a Junior Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) affiliated to the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai. From 2007-2008 I was a Mozilla Foundation fellow and technology evangelist for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University. From 2006-2007 I was a doctoral exchange scholar in Middle Eastern, South Asian & African Studies (MESAS) at Columbia University in New York City.

Between 1999-2005 I worked in Mumbai as an independent researcher, where I helped found and was co-director of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & Research) (2000-2003). I also co-founded CRIT (Collective Research Initiatives Trust) (2004-2010), was Visiting Faculty at the Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture & Environmental Studies (KRVIA) and the Srishti School of Art Design & Technology (2003-2005), and was founder and Joint Convenor of the Mumbai Study Group at the Academy of Architecture (1999-2001).