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Research interests

My current research projects examine sociocultural construction of risk, trust, and their management, public understanding of science and science communcation related to vaccines and 5G technology. A second strand of my research explores healthcare decision making amongs poor people in India.

I am currently collaborating with Discourse, Science, Publics Lab (Kieran O'Doherty) at University of Guelph, Canada on vaccine hesitancy in Ontario and with Dr Chetan Sinha Jindal GLobal University, Sonepat, India on strategic risk taking in health decisions amongs poor people in India.

Scholarly biography

I joined University of Brighton in September 2017. Prior to this I worked with Dr Kieran O'Doherty (University of Guelph) as a Postdoctoral Fellow on a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) funded project on vaccine hesitancy in Ontario.

In 2009, I received my BSc and MSc in Psychology with honours and university merit from University of Delhi, India. Subsequently, and until 2011, I worked with Prof Girishwar Misra and Prof Anand Prakash at UoD as social psychology GTA. During 2011-2012, I was a Commonwealth Trusts and Camrdge Trusts funded scholar at University of Cambridge where I received my MPhil in social psychology with distinction and first position in the cohort. My PhD (2012 - 2016) at the London School of Economics (LSE) was fully funded by LSE PhD Scholarship. I worked under the supervision of Prof Catherine Campbell and developed a social psychological perspective on poverty in Bihar, India.

Supervisory Interests

I welcome research ideas related to risk and trust in and healthcare settings, perspectives on vaccines (including hesitancy and refusal); public understanding of science; poverty, deprivation, and social exclusion. Research related to Indian subcontinent and the Global South are particularly welcome. Interested students are encouraged to send a short email to me with their initial ideas.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Master, University of Cambridge

External positions

Member, Expert Reference Group on Poverty, British Psychological Society

15 Jan 2020 → …

External Examiner Psychology - King's College London, King's College London

2020 → …

Peer Reviewer - Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)

1 Sep 201930 Sep 2024

External Examiner, Psychology, University of East London, University of East London

Dec 2017 → …

Editor in Chief


  • BF Psychology
  • risk
  • trust
  • vaccine
  • philosophy of mind
  • Self-identity


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