Research Staff

Saumya Pandey

Doctoral Researcher

Current projects

Saumya Pandey is a doctoral researcher working on sediments of the Himalayan river systems. Her research project follows world’s second most sought-after resource, sand, which is central to future-oriented economic structuring. 

Saumya is trained in social anthropology from the University of Oxford. Formerly, she was a journalist in training for The Telegraph where she edited political commentaries and was involved with the daily editorial-page production. From 2014-16 as a student at TISS, her fieldwork focused on marginalised livelihoods, anti-displacement movements, education, and domestic violence in Maharashtra, India. These experiences built her insights to pursue questions that most concern her on extraction; inequality; environment; work; feminist thought; and ethics and politics of knowledge-making practices.

She currently serves as a Contributing Editor for the Society for Cultural Anthropology, and is an Associate Editor at the Public Anthropologist.