I am a PhD Candidate in Urban Information Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My interests lie in empirically exploring how digitization unfolds in non-western urban spaces, asking what changes, where and for whom? In my research I play with a variety of methods, merging spatial analytics, computational social science, field-based interviews and embedded observations.
For my dissertation project I study the transformation of urban mobility markets in Jakarta and Bangkok through the entry of digital platforms like GoJek and Grab. Combining the granularity of big data and the contextualizing powers of qualitative research, I examine how digital workers can create collective structures of solidarity, resist the governance regime of the platform and even transform the functioning of the platform. As my work shows though these outcomes are not determined or random, but instead arise out of complex interactions between possibilities created by technology, worker agency and social norms.
I am constantly fascinated by ways in which people use technology not designed for them, and create unexpected outcomes. Her aim is to showcase these incredible innovations and by giving space to user agency and local practices to change technological outcomes, perhaps create potentials for more democratic forms of technology.
Past research has included using satellite imagery to study displacement of street markets in Mexico City, utilizing a mix of administrative datasets to highlight inequitable policing of sidewalk vending in New York City, and conducting spatial and economic analyses of food halls in Singapore.
You can see my CV here.