Research positions

Social media and everyday life in India 

Research project on the everyday life of social media In India, with a particular focus on the role of WhatsApp in transforming and (re)producing social and political life. The awards went public in the media today

We are looking to work with a team of research assistants with at least a masters in social science background and some experience of ethnographic/qualitative research methods. Digital ethnographic methods will be developed within the team so whilst some experience in this area would be useful, it is not essential. The researchers will be based in localities in New Delhi and Varanasi. 

Candidates for these roles should be fluent in Hindi and English, spoken and written, and be able to work full time between approx mid-January and mid-May 2019. 

Competitive consolidated Research Assistant rate applies. 

This research project is funded by WhatsApp. Please note that the research is independent, in that WhatsApp are not involved in the research design,  they will not be sharing any data with us for the project, and selected findings reported back to WhatsApp at the end of the project will be anonymised. 

If you have any questions about the role, and whether you might be suitable or other queries you have please get in touch with Lipika Kamra at OP Jindal Global University ( and Philippa Williams Queen Mary University of London. (

We would be really happy to discuss our approach to the research design, team dynamics and opportunities in the project.  

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