Mr Chakad Ojani

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I am a PhD Candidate in social anthropology at the University of Manchester. I use ethnographic methods to explore issues related to infrastructure, environment, and materiality.

I first studied Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, where I received a BSc (2014) and MSc (2016), before going on to do a PhD (to be completed in 2021) at the University of Manchester, supervised by Penny Harvey and Chika Watanabe. My doctoral thesis was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Sutasoma Award for Research of Outstanding Merit. It deals with fog capture and atmospheric attunements in coastal Peru, in the context of fog oasis conservation and urban water infrastructure.

As an undergraduate student, I spent one year at the Complutense University of Madrid, and during my PhD I was a visiting student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. I have also been affiliated with the Faculty of Social Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Prior to all this, I studied Mechanical Engineering, Innovation and Design, at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

In addition to the above, my research interests include outer space, elemental media, digital anthropology, multispecies ethnography, and the anthropology of science and technology.

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