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Lecturer in Sociology, The University of Edinburgh

Research interests

My principal research interests are as follows:
Political Sociology
Sociology of South Asia
Social Movements
Sociology of Violence
Sociology of Identity

My research has focused on social and political movements both in South India and Scotland.
My research in India focused on the socio-political mobilisation of Dalits (ex-Untouchables) and their struggle to achieve equality and deepen Indian democracy. This research fed into my book: Untouchable Citizens which explores the interplay between Dalit movements and Democratisation in South India. I have also written on issues pertaining to collective violence, identity politics and the construction and negotiation of social space.

My research in Scotland has focused on the global protests surrounding the G8 meeting in 2005 and the policing of those protests. This is an ongoing project in collaboration with Michael Rosie. An interim report on our findings and details of publications can be found here:


  • –present
    Lecturer in Sociology, University of Edinburgh


  • 2002 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD
  • 1998 
    University of Edinburgh, MSc by Social Research
  • 1997 
    University of Essex, BA Sociology and Politics