• 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.

teaching merits

  • 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.

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