I study three broad and interlinked areas: inclusive innovation, social entrepreneurship and impact investing; technology, digitisation and society; and arts + culture entrepreneurship and management.
Inclusive Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
India is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship that offer both development or societal benefits as well as financial sustainability. Yet while inclusive innovation and social entrepreneurship are established sectors and concepts, we still know relatively little about what the best support or most appropriate policy framework looks like, or how to effectively deal with last mile access and distribution challenges. I look at what inclusive innovation means in the context of India, and at how to best enable and scale inclusive innovation and social entrepreneurship. I am also interested in how to make other forms of innovation and entrepreneurship more inclusive, how to work with corporates to enable inclusive innovation thinking, and mainstreaming inclusive innovation policy and different forms of impact investing.
Technology, Digitisation & Society
Technological change is occurring at an increasingly rapid pace and we do not yet know how new technologies including AI and machine learning, as well as digitisation will affect society, and the way we work, study, or live. I study how the adoption of new technology and digitalisation may affect society, with a focus on inclusion and access for all. I look at links between technology, digitalisation and development, social impact and public good. I consider the impact of technology on the future of work. And I look at gender dimensions of technological change, digitalisation and the future of work.
Arts + Culture Entrepreneurship
India's cultural and creative industries is rapidly evolving, primarily from the bottom up - such as new creative businesses including art and artist management, festivals, performance spaces or schools for music, theatre and dance; new collectives, associations and platforms to engage with consumers and fans, started by artists and other creatives; and the explosion of digital creative content and content makers. I study how technology is changing arts + culture, what startups and other new organisations are emerging, and how this is changing the dynamics of the industry.