2014–2019 PhD (Ethnology and Anthropology), University of Jyväskylä, Finland.Thesis title: “Differentiated citizenship, displacement, and materiality in state–citizen relations in Ahmedabad”
2013 M.Soc.Sc. (Social and Cultural Anthropology), University of Helsinki, Finland. Thesis title: “If my daughter runs away, I will drink poison” – (In)dividual honour and the gendered nature of child marriage in southern Rajasthan, India.
2011 Bachelor of Arts, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Studies in Ethnology, Sociology and Gender Studies.
record of employment
2021–present,Postdoctoral researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2019–2020, Visiting scholar, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC), India
2019–2021, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland (parental leave, 10 months, 10/2020–8/2021)
2015-2016, Visiting scholar, CEPT University, India
2014-2014, Doctoral student, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2013, Intern, Social Insurance Institution of Finland
public talks and conference papers
25 Apr 2019, Helsinki, Finland Paper “Rakennettu ympäristö, sosiaaliset suhteet ja koettu kansalaisuus uudelleenasutusalueella Ahmedabadissa, Intiassa,” Urban Studies Conference 2019.
17 Apr 2019, Santiago de Compostela, Spain Paper “The great sacrifice: demonetization, anti-nationalism, and the ‘common people’ motif in Modi’s India,” SIEF Congress 2019.
17 Aug 2018, Stockholm, Sweden Paper “Arborescent Community: Displaced Sindhis’ Politics of Emplacement,” EASA Biennial Conference 2018.
31 Oct 2017, Jyväskylä, Finland Talk “Aistitieto ja etnografinen elokuva,” Jyväskylä City library.
27 Jun 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark Panelist in a discussion titled “Democracy at 70.” Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference 2017.
27 Jun 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark Paper “From Third-Class to World-Class? Claiming Belonging, Countering Betrayal in the Margins of Ahmedabad,” Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference 2017.
22 May 2017, Jyväskylä, Finland Paper “Shaped stories: Material modifications in a slum resettlement site in Ahmedabad, India,” Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2017.
22 Mar 2017, Tampere, Finland Participant in the working group “Urban Studies,” SOVAKO Winter School.
2 Feb 2017, Helsinki, Finland Paper “‘All the Others are Third-Class Citizens’: Claiming Belonging, Countering Betrayal in Neoliberal Ahmedabad,” Development Days Conference.
9 Dec 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland Chair of the panel “Western Identity,” The West: Concept, Narrative, and Politics.
6 Aug 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland Paper “Materiality of Belonging: Contestations over Religious Buildings in a Slum Resettlement Site in Ahmedabad, India,” Poverty’s Causes and Consequences in the Urban Developing World.
5 Aug 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland Chair of the panel “Poverty & Development in India,” Poverty’s Causes and Consequences in the Urban Developing World.
23 Jul 2016, Milan, Italy Paper “Ambivalent Engagements: Resettled Slum-Dwellers’ Responses to the World-Class City Vision in Ahmedabad, India,” EASA Biennial Conference 2016.
11 Jul 2016, Vienna, Austria Paper “Thrown into the Jungle – Experiences of Displacement and Disruption in Neoliberal India,” ISA Forum of Sociology.
18 Feb 2016, Ahmedabad, India Invited lecture “Mobilization of Difference in a Slum Resettlement Site in Ahmedabad,” FP Lecture Series, CEPT University.
Aug – Oct 2020 Course “Anthropology of Climate Change” together with Dayabati Roy, University of Helsinki.
1 Apr 2019 Lecture on the course “Etnografiaseminaari I: Etelä-Aasia,” University of Helsinki.
11 Sep – 18 Oct 2017, 16 Jan – 14 Feb 2017, 23 Sep – 24 Oct 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland Course “Research Methods in History and Ethnology” together with Matti Roitto and Anssi Halmesvirta, University of Jyväskylä.
2016–2018, Jyväskylä, Finland Individual lectures on the courses “Etnologian ajankohtaisia kysymyksiä,” “Ethnology of Development” and “Socio-Cultural Ethnography and Ethics,” University of Jyväskylä.
23 Sep 2019, My photo series “Kansalaisuuden materiaalisuus” won the third place in the science photography contest organized by The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies
8 Nov 2016, Short documentary “The Goodwill City” screened at the event “Visual India: Films and Photos from the Field,” University of Jyväskylä
19 Dec 2015, Photo essay “Distanced Away: Constrained Livelihoods in the South-Eastern Margins of Ahmedabad” (in collaboration with Niklas Salmi). Exhibition “Violence, Conflicts and Inequality in Ahmedabad,” Satya Art Gallery, Ahmedabad.
2021-present, scientific editor in AntroBlogi, a Finnish-language online publication bridging the gap between the academic and the everyday
2017–2020, board member in the Association of Finnish Ethnologists Ethnos