I am a researcher and teacher in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) & Design. I am trained as an architect, industrial designer, and hold a PhD in Interaction Design from the IT University of Copenhagen.
My research lies at the intersection of HCI, Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD), Participatory Design, and Community Wellbeing. I seek to address the challenges posed by the resource-constrained settings for technological design, and take a critical yet constructive stance through exploring alternative possibilities for localized, de-colonized and participatory design of self-tracking and data-driven digital-physical infrastructures for community care. My inquiry is driven by the act of in-situ design and sketching performed in close collaboration with multiple stakeholders including households, family members, community workers, and organizations working in community healthcare. I work closely with international and national academic research organizations as well as grassroots, third-sector, activist organizations, bridging multiple cross-geographical and cultural gaps through the methods of ethnographic and participatory design research.
In my teaching I focus on enabling students to shape their emerging design practice both critically and creatively. In many ways my research informs my teaching, and vice-versa. My goal is to dismantle the ‘design studio’ as a unit of design learning, and explore a space (and place) of learning that is situated in the very sites of social change.
In current job as an Associate Dean, I oversee and manage undergraduate and graduate programs in and around Human-Centered Design at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.
I occasionally write some thoughts on design research and education on Medium.
I retweet ideas, thoughts and articles that I align with on Twitter.