Kaveri Haritas is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, International Affairs at the Jindal School of Government & Public Policy. She has a training in anthropology and sociology of development. Her current research is in the areas of urban poverty and the anthropology of work and labour. She has in the past worked at Institute for Social Sciences, the University of Lausanne, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the UNICEF (CEECIS) Geneva. She was a doctoral scholar of the Swiss National Science Foundation between 2009 and 2013 and held a full scholarship from the Geneva Canton for her Masters education.
She is presently part of a research project on social and solidarity economy practices of women in India funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies, Geneva. Her research affiliations include the Institute for Research on Development, Marseilles, France, Institut Francais de Pondichery and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
Kaveri is presently completing her book manuscript based on her ethnographic research with residents of Bangalore’s largest slum rehabilitation area. Her work focuses on the everyday politics of survival and at how gender, poverty and caste shape collective resistance. She is particularly interested in how the poor imagine and respond to law and the state and the manner in which law shapes and is shaped by the social world.
Her forthcoming research interrogates the future of work in a world of technological unemployment, looking at the human impacts of technologies such as robotics, automation and human clouds. She is particularly interested in how technology has the dual potential of reducing employment and creating new forms of work and working through technology platforms.