I research the cultural history and technologies of south, central and southeast Asia with a focus on ritual objects and material religion. As a conservator, I am interested in the relationship between objects and people, and in challenging existing ethical standards, institutions and methodologies.
During the 2017-18 academic year, I traveled across the Himalayas looking at the construction of Buddhist ritual objects in their current cultural, geo-political and economic context. Since 2011, my focus has been on the use of human remains and the relationship between social practices, material culture and the natural landscape.
At present, I am writing the results of this fieldwork into my PhD dissertation at SOAS University of London.