I currently work as Research Fellow in International Development within AstrobiologyOU. My interest is in critical Development Studies and issues of justice, equality and ethics. In my role, I look at how postcolonial and decolonial studies can contribute to current debates on knowledge production within space science and to decolonising astrobiology research methods. My research also explores how space technologies are used in International Development programmes funded by different Space Agencies to understand how effective they are at changing people's lives. This strand of research utilises and adapts the theory of 'Inclusive Innovation'.
I hold a PhD in Postcolonial and Cultural Studies awarded by the University of Naples, L’Orientale (Italy); my doctoral work looked at appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare in India and led to the publication of the edited volume Shakespeare in India (Editoria e Spettacolo, 2012). In my postdoctoral research, I continued working on the relationship between literary productions and politics in the ERC-funded project 'Citizenship after Orientalism' led by Engin Isin. My monograph Acts of Angry writing (Wayne State University Press, 2015) is based on fieldwork in tribal communities in Northern India. It demonstrates how big infrastructural projects, like the Sardar Sarovar mega-dam, or the constraints of the postcolonial legal systems have marginalised indigenous populations. More broadly, I have published on gender, citizenship, and visual arts.
My research interests are in Postcolonial Theory; Decolonial Studies; Feminist Philosophy of Science; Critical Development Studies; Inclusive Innovation; gendered citizenship.
I am currently a Visiting Researcher for the Centre for a Spacefaring Civilization (https://www.spacefaringcivilization.space/)