I am a social scientist with expertise in the social study of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). I joined the University of Helsinki’s sociology department in 2018 as postdoctoral researcher for the international, multidisciplinary consortium Antimicrobial Resistance in West Africa (AMRIWA). My research focuses upon how changes in food production, rapid urbanisation, expanding healthcare facilities and poor institutional and material infrastructures for water and sanitation management open new pathways for AMR transmission between humans, non-human animals and the environment (One Health Approach). In this current role, I study microbes in the social context of development in Burkina Faso and Benin.
An anthropologist by training, I have worked in anthropology, religious studies and human geography departments. My expertise lies broadly in ethnography and development studies, drawing inspiration from Science and Technology Studies approaches. My PhD research examined the intersection of religion, development and climate in Ladakh, North-West India, traversing interesting materialities routes as I examined the role of geomancy and supernatural agency in political questions of climate, development and wellbeing in the Himalayas. I then acted as postdoctoral research assistant on an ESRC-funded international multidisciplinary collaboration examining the socioeconomic drivers of antibiotic use in Bangladesh’s aquaculture sector. I have field experience in the Indian Himalaya, Bangladesh and West Africa.