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Mayur Helia

Research student

Lancaster University

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Research overview

My research explores caste, surveillance and resistance among sanitation workers in South Asia. It is an interdisciplinary study: a combination of social sciences, and science and technology. I am interested in exploring the role of surveillance in the creation and reproduction of sanitation labour in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial South Asia.


MPhil in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (2020-23)

Master’s in Social Work, Specialization Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (2015-17)

Bachelor’s in Art, Major in Political Science from Wilson College, Mumbai (2012-15)

Career Details

Motor Loader (sanitation worker) in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai (2010-23)

Research Assistant in the UK Aid funded Project “Getting on Grid: The Politics of Public Service Formalization in Urban India” (2017-19)

Research Assistant in The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia on the Project  Studying Whatsapp and Electoral Politics (2019-20)

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