I am a docent in Social and Cultural Anthropology in the Department of Social Research in the University of Helsinki. Since August 2014 I teach anthropology in the University of Jyväskylä in the Department of History and Ethnology.
My latest research has focused on the appropriation of mobile technology in rural India. This project has developed the understanding of how new media mediates social processes within interrelated social spheres and local hierarchies. As my previous research projects on women’s wage labour in urban India or gift giving in rural India, this project has also sought to understand unexpected cultural manifestations of market economy. My latest book Innovation as Social Change in South Asia: Transforming Hierarchies (Routledge 2015, co-edited with Minna Säävälä) analyzes how the deeply engrained cultural values affect the forms that an innovative process can take. I have published articles in Contemporary South Asia, Ethnos, JRAI, Modern Asian Studies and Contributions to Indian Sociology. Get an update of my research from the following blog writing.