I am a Research Fellow existing betwixt disciplines. My background is in Sociology (BA, University of Mumbai, 2012) and Social and Cultural Geography (MA, University of Leeds, 2014). My PhD (University of Leeds, 2019) was an inter-disciplinary study on youth decision-making as they graduated from a STEM degree to their employment futures in the UK, framed in the context of a neoliberalised higher education system within a Knowledge Economy. My current research titled Youth negotiation of tourism-based employment in Goa and Lisbon follows this pattern to understand young people’s futures and sense of place, while employed in the contentious industry of tourism in their respective local contexts. The research is carried out as a Widening Fellowship, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, accepted for funding through the MSCA - IF scheme.
I am also engaged in community social justice and was previously part of the steering group for the Inequality Research Network at the University of Leeds. I have taught on undergraduate courses focusing on Urban society, geographical insecurity and social research methods.