Sharath Srinivasan

Sharath Srinivasan is David and Elaine Potter Associate Professor at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies, a Fellow of King’s College Cambridge, and Co-Director of the University’s Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR).

Sharath’s teaching, research, and applied collaborations lie at the intersection of contentious politics, civic action and technology, especially in Africa. His scholarship unravels the politics of how artefacts that shape our political world are made – institutions that peacemakers ‘build’, more recently, in the design and distribution of communication technologies – and implications for civil political action. This has led to projects on failed peace interventions and civil politics (When Peace Kills Politics, Hurst/Oxford UP; Making and Breaking Peace in Sudan and South Sudan, ed, British Academy/Oxford UP), and on digital publics (Publics in Africa in a Digital Age, ed, Routledge). Alongside, he has spun out award winning non-profit Africa’s Voices Foundation, and recently launched civic technology start-up Katikati with a computer science colleague.

As a Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Sharath works with co-Fellows Ella McPherson and Sebastian Lehuede on creatively disseminating a set of six provocations for practitioners at the intersection of human rights and technology. These provocations are designed to unsettle the increasing taken-for-grantedness of orthodox actors, norms and practices at this rapidly-developing intersection, one that often favours technology companies over civic actors. During the Fellowship, they will develop these provocations as practitioner-oriented tools and academic outputs.

Sharath tweets at @sharathsri.

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