Harshavardhan Bhat is a researcher and writer interested in the social study of monsoonal futures. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow on Race and Responsible Data Science at TDAI. He earned his PhD at the School of Architecture and Cities at the University of Westminster where he was a PhD Research Fellow with the European Research Council funded project, Monsoon Assemblages. His dissertation was an interdisciplinary study of the airs of the South Asian monsoon and its transforming entangled relationship with anthropogenic matters and urbanization; and the ways in which they confront and animate monsoonal knowledge.
He is currently thinking through concerns of a data analytics of liberation in a time of climate change. At TDAI, Harsha is working on a curriculum development commission on racial capitalism and data science and is developing interdisciplinary research that vectors around AI, big data, life systems, climate justice and knowledge. Recent writings can be found in GeoHumanities, Lo Squaderno, Hyphen Journal, Monsoon As Method (book), and International Relations in the Anthropocene (textbook) among others. He currently co-convenes a virtual reading/working group that’s reading and learning towards a knowledge praxis of climate justice work. Prior to his PhD, Harsha has worked in academia and also consulted on public affairs and policy concerns for states and electoral campaigns. Harsha is an alumnus of the 15/16 postgraduate program on the city at the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design and he holds an MSc in Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. You can follow Harsha on Twitter @harsh_co.