My research is centered on the idea of 'voice', which I define as an instrumental and constitutive means of development. My research is deeply concerned with the issues related to sustainability and social justice, and I am critical to the modernist, neoliberal, and capitalist approaches to those issues. Most of my research focuses on studying, analyzing, and designing computing technologies with marginalized populations around the world through this lens. I draw heavily on political philosophy, critical theory, social science, anthropology, and STS literature in my work. I design, develop, deploy, and evaluate technologies that connect theories from these disciplines to mobile and ubiquitous computing, natural language processing, social media, and machine learning. My research involves both theoretical depth and technical challenges.
Data, Faith, and Rationality
Computing's historical emphasis on secular scientific rationality often sidelines the values of faith, culture, and emotion in people's health and financial activities. We critically analyze the scientific and data-driven rationality in computing, and design novel technologies to accommodate alternative forms of justification.
*Algorithmic Fairness * FinTech * Health *Postcolonialism
Migration, Memory, and Identity
Migration creates various tensions around a person's identity and political right, which are rooted in their communal memory and political reality. We investigate how these tensions are translated on the computing technologies, and build novel technologies to address these issues. Our current work in expanded over various migrated communities in Canada, Iraq, and Bangladesh.
*Refugee * Forced Migration * Cultural Adaptation *Democracy in Computing
Mind, Health, and Nature
This project has two parallel goals. First, we investigate how our physical and mental health is often vulnerable to the material and temporal changes that the of-late computing culture has engendered. In response, we build technologies to address the social and political aspects of health and wellbeing. Currently, we are looking into the social determinants of mental health and environmental pollution.
* Mental Health * Electronic Waste * Environmental Justice
Gender, Identity, and Social Justice
The objective of this project is to deepen our understanding of how social standards are reinforced by computing technologies, and develop emancipatory platforms for social justice. We are interested in a wide range of topics in this area ranging from gender-based violence and protest to madness and prostitution.
* Sexual Harassment * Intersectionality * Feminist HCI
Privacy and Security in the Global South
The western definition of privacy is often confined within its liberal scope and democratic privilege, and hence is not applicable in many parts of the Global South. In this project, we explore how the idea of privacy changes in various cultures and contexts, and how we can design appropriate technology for them.
* Privacy * Security * Surveillance