Research Interests

Construction of public toilets in the Indian village

I am active in academic research and publishing relating to WASH and I am currently working with colleagues at different universities on the projects below:

Sanitation workers and intersectionality

(January 2021- present)

I am currently collaborating with Dr. Sally Cawood, a researcher at the University of Sheffield who is leading a GCRF-funded project on the rights of sanitation workers in India and Bangladesh. As part of this collaboration, we aim to write and publish a commentary-style academic paper on the need to consider intersectionality in sanitation work using desk-based research through a literature review. I recently published a blog with Sally in March 2021 which explores the role of artificial intelligence in eliminating manual scavenging in India and Bangladesh for FemLab.co.

I am on the organising committee for the first Sanitation Workers Forum, to be held online in November 2021. The organising committee comprises of volunteer MSc, PhD students, researchers and professionals based in the UK, USA and India working on and passionate about the topic of sanitation labour. Organisational partners include the Initiative for Sanitation Workers, a collaborative partnership for global advocacy on sanitation workers between ILO, WaterAid, WHO, World Bank and SNV. Interest for participating in the conference can be registered here.

The relevance of menstrual health and hygiene to the Jal Jeevan Mission and Swachh Bharat Mission in India

(January 2021- present)

In collaboration with the Center for Water and Sanitation at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, I am currently writing a journal paper with colleagues. This paper will aim to discuss the need to provide water for menstruating women and girls in community toilets in the context of the ongoing Swachh Bharat Mission and Jal Jeevan Mission activities in India.