Saumya Pandey is a doctoral candidate working on the political economy of river sand mining in South Asia. Her research project follows world’s second most sought-after resource, sand — its extraction and governance — on the Nepal-India border to examine the paradoxical appeal of capitalism as economic imperatives confront with ecological crisis.
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, she did fieldwork 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; dispossession; inequality; scarcity; welfarism; feminist methodology; and ethics and politics of knowledge production.