• 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.
  • 2011: Bachelor of Arts, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Studies in Ethnology, Sociology and Gender Studies.

record of employment

  • 03/2023–present, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oulu, Finland
  • 09/2021–02/2023, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 10/202211/2022, Visiting fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK
  • 06/2019–03/2020, Visiting scholar, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC), India
  • 04/2019–08/2021, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland  (parental leave, 10 months, 10/2020–8/2021)
  • 04/2015-02/2016, Visiting scholar, CEPT University, India
  • 01/2015-12/2018, Doctoral student, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 05/2013–08/2013, Intern, Social Insurance Institution of Finland

public talks and conference papers

  • 16 February 2023, Helsinki, Finland: Paper “Fish drought: Amphibious politics of Koli fishers in the aftermath of cyclones,” Development Days 2023 Conference.
  • 13 December 2022, Oulu, Finland: Invited lecture “Climate change, migration, and sustainable livelihoods in India,” University of Oulu.
  • 26 July 2022, Belfast, UK: Paper “Cultivating the sea: Kolis, dol netting, and ontopolitics in coastal Mumbai,” EASA Biennial Conference 2022.
  • 18 February 2022, Helsinki, Finland: Paper “Amphibious infrastructuring from below: Koli fishers, dol nets, and reciprocal care,” Development Days 2022 Conference.
  • 18 November 2021, Jyväskylä, Finland: Paper “Accumulating Violence: Artisanal Fishery and the Hereafter of Plastics in Peri-Urban Mumbai,” Asian Studies Days 2021.
  • 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 2017 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.

teaching merits

  • JanFeb 2022: Course “Anthropology of Climate Change,” University of Jyväskylä.
  • AugOct 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: Course “Research Methods in History and Ethnology” together with Matti Roitto and Anssi Halmesvirta, University of Jyväskylä.
  • 2016–2022, Jyväskylä, Finland: Individual lectures on the courses “Etnologian ajankohtaisia kysymyksiä,” “Ethnology of Development,” “Poverty and Development,” and “Socio-Cultural Ethnography and Ethics,” University of Jyväskylä.

artistic merits

  • 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.

other merits

  • 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