visiting researcher at Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Ethnology; Affiliated
- Visiting address:
- Campus Gotland, Cramérgatan 3
- Postal address:
- Uppsala universitet, Campus Gotland
I am a political scientist with training in ethnographic research methods. My doctoral work analysed the intimate lifeworlds of child workers. I am associated with Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University, Dalberg Global Development Advisors and magazine Governance Now. My recent research deal with intersections of digital technologies with daily lived experiences. I have authored & edited five books and presented several papers at conferences.
Keywords: political economy urban public space digital technology information flows smart cities
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R. Swaminathan received his doctoral degree from India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). As part of his doctoral work on child labour and new social movements in Global South, he has worked extensively with street children in South Karnataka. He has 20 years of professional experience across various domains in social sector, academia, think tanks and the corporate world. He advises and consults with select Civil Society Organisations, foundations, media houses and global consulting majors. He has been part of senior management in several companies and foundations, including with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives as their Chief Strategy and Programme Officer. Before that he worked with Reliance Industries Limited as Vice President in Chairman’s Office, where he was instrumental in evolving social business models for the group. He has also worked in senior management positions in UTV-Disney as Vice President & Business Head of their Digital Operations, Daily News and Analysis (DNA) as Senior Editor and National Affairs Editor, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) as Senior Fellow & Head of Mumbai Chapter and rediff.com as their News Editor. He is well versed with ethnographic research methods, having used it extensively for his doctoral work. He is the author and editor of five books, including the forthcoming Notes of a Digital Gypsy: Decoding the Other India, and has presented and published several peer reviewed papers. He also writes extensively on cities and digital technologies in the popular media. Swaminathan divides his time between Visby, Mumbai, Bangalore & Delhi.
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