Harshavardhan Bhat is a PhD Fellow with the Monsoon Assemblages project housed at the Department of Architecture. He's Alumnus of the 15/16 post-graduate programme on the city at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture & Design in Moscow, holds a MSc in Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies) from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Bachelors in Business Management from Christ College (Autonomous) in Bangalore. He was also in '12 & '13 a Senior Research Associate with the Jindal School of International Affairs where he led an Africa studies research cluster, during which he was also a Visiting Scholar at the Musthaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (LUMS) and in 2014 held a KN Raj Fellowship for Researchers at the Centre for Development Studies in Thiruvanathapuram. Harsh has a professional background in research and political consulting, having previously worked on practice projects in South India and Rwanda encompassing strategic initiatives for political campaigns and governmental agencies.
Harsh's current research as part of the Monsoon Assemblages project is anchored out of New Delhi, India. He's interested in Monsoon Air as a trans-disciplinary, non-human agent in the transformation (and transforming) of worlds. Currently, his research is thematically being drawn from the Environmental Humanities but is also operating and drawing from Architecture, Politics, Philosophy and Science and Technology Studies. Monsoon Air Harsh believes is something that assists in the decolonisation of atmosphere-studies, playing a role with critical air studies. While being anchored in New Delhi, this research is also cognizant and interested in the entangling force of monsoonal air - stretching across time and space - to be sensed through various scalar registers and written in temporal yet linked environments.