Research area & interests
Hello world! I am an interdisciplinary social scientist, and my research interests are rooted in science and technology studies. I am most fascinated by knowledge production in our digital world, i.e. how digital technologies shape the ways in which we understand and interact with the world around us.
Some broad research interests include technologies for wildlife conservation; digitally-enabled environmental participation; diversity, inclusion and representation in virtual landscapes; ‘digital afterlives’; and contemporary knowledge production discourses and practices. I am always on the lookout for interdisciplinary research in these areas, so please feel free to contact me.
My PhD research (2012-2016) with the University of Aberdeen was on the role of digital technologies in human – nature relationships. In 2016, I had the wonderful opportunities of lecturing in Sociology at the world’s oldest business school, and of working on the novel Citizen Sense project. An ongoing postdoc with Newcastle University sees me conducting an ethnographic study to better understand the interdisciplinary knowledge production processes occurring within the Creative Fuse North East project.
When not being a social scientist and minor activist, I can almost definitely be found outdoors looking for birds and bugs. The nature blog I co-write is Winging It.
- 2016: PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen; affiliated with dot.rural RCUK Digital Economy Hub and The James Hutton Institute (Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group) [see my post-graduation interview here]
- 2011: Master’s in Sociology (M. Soc. Sci.), National University of Singapore
- 2007: Bachelor’s (first class honours) in Sociology (B. Soc. Sci. Hons), National University of Singapore
- spoken and written: English and Malay
- spoken: Mandarin and Hindi/Punjabi
- beginner: Arabic