Since 2015, I have from time to time served as research assistant to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Department of Estates & Land Management and the Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Improvements). I earlier pursued my doctoral research in the municipal archives at MCGM from 2010-13.
I founded, am Co-Director and Managing Partner of Topomancy LLC with my partners and co-founders in the U.S. and U.K., Schuyler Erle and Tim Waters. With developer Sanjay Bhangar, we have developed and successfully deployed open source software for clients in the geo-spatial, web mapping, digital libraries and archiving communities in the U.S., U.K. and India since 2008.
Between 2014 and 2018 I was Consulting Editor (Book Reviews) (2016-18) and Editorial Consultant (2014) for the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), India’s premier journal of social sciences and contemporary affairs, published continuously every week from Mumbai (Bombay) for over fifty years.
From 2008 to 2014 Topomancy LLC developed and deployed the NYPL Map Warper, a crowd-sourcing web application for geo-referencing historical maps. These remain in daily use by scholars, students and citizens at the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA), and the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA).
Topomancy LLC has also developed the Digital Gazetteer (or Chronology of Places) database and web services API for the Library of Congress, to disambiguate historical place names over and across changing times and spaces, deployed for internal use at the Library of Congress and NYPL since 2012.
Our work with the New York Public Library Maps Division and NYPL Labs has received grants from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities (2011 and 2012), and the Cutting Edge Technology in Library Services Award from the American Library Association (ALA) (2012).
Topomancy LLC has also consulted for the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) where I am on the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Worldmap Project. We have also consulted and successfully completed projects for the Stanford University Humanities Center, NiCHE (Network in Canadian History of Environment), AOL/MapQuest and the Columbia University Millenium Villages Project (2007-9).
From 2011-2013 I started and coordinated ChaloBEST as a studio-based learning project in open source application development for urban mobility via SMS, web and print media at with Sanjay Bhangar at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai. ChaloBEST won the first prize by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore in the Sankranti Transform Urban India Competition (2011-2012).
From 2007-2008 I was a Mozilla Foundation Fellow and technology evangelist for the free and open source bibliographic manager Zotero at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University.
From 2003-2005 I worked with Mahiti Infotech as a technology consultant and web developer for non-profits and NGOs in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
From 2000 to 2003 I was a founding Coordinator and then Associate Director of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & Research) in Mumbai, where I worked with Professor Arjun Appadurai and the late Profesor Carol Breckenridge.
From 2000 to 2005 I taught and worked at design and architecture colleges in Mumbai and Bangalore. I was Visiting Faculty at the Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture & Environmental Studies (KRVIA) and Researcher and Visiting Faculty at the Srishti School of Art Design & Technology.
Between 1998 and 2000 I worked as a labour and trade union reporter with the India Centre for Human Rights & Law (ICHRL) and researcher and publicist for the Girni Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti (Mill Workers Action Committee) and Lokshahi Hakk Sanghatana (Organisation for Democratic Rights) (1998-99). I was also a freelance journalist and features writer with the Indian Express Mumbai Newsline, Satyam Online, and Rediff on the Net (1997-2000).