Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in working with PhD candidates working on critical media/data policy, ethnography and allied areas, with a focus on South Asia.


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Personal profile


I work on communication and media governance, and media anthropology. My current work is in Critical Data Governance, contextualising and historicising data policies and practices in South and Southeast Asia.

My previous research was an ethnography of policymaking for community radio, unravelling its politics and practices, across four countries of South Asia. The policy ethnography led to the development of the 'Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach' to the study of media policy. I hope to continue bringing nuance to this theoretical endeavour through my engagement with communciation governance and media policy research. Towards this, I draw on ethnography as methodology. 


Monash Teaching Commitment

I teach units across the Masters in Communication and Media Studies programme. I also teach a capstone unit for the Bachelors in Digital Media and Communication. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

International Relations and Politics, MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Communication, Literature, Political Science, BA (Triple Major), Osmania University

Communication, PhD, University of Hyderabad

External positions

Country Expert, India, Universita di Bologna (University of Bologna)

1 Apr 202131 Mar 2023

Research area keywords

  • communication governance
  • media policy
  • media anthropology


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