• Aapti Institute

    how humans interface with technology and are framed by it

  • Our vision

    Aapti is a research institution that will generate policy-relevant, actionable and accessible knowledge from the frontiers of tech and society, about our networked political and civic lives, to support the creation of a fair, free, and equitable society

    What is going to be our relationship with the state?

    Electoral politics and justice are changing. Aapti will examine the impact of new and emerging technologies on civic lives.

    How will our children work and live?

    The intersection of AI with business will dramatically change the way in which workers learn for work, seek work, and their jobs. These changes and their consequences (namely joblessness) may bring in their wake crippling social tensions, and an increased importance of welfare. Aapti will generate research that will help answer questions about he future of work.

    How does our data economy look?

    Social lives, such as personal interactions and commerce are increasingly conducted online. At the heart of this is personal data exchanged for goods and services, from a private company or governments. There is a growing market place for data, and as a result, there is a commodification of our personal information. Aapti will examine new models of data ownership, and delve into the challenges of a data economy from the perspective of the individual.

  • Team

    Dr. Sarayu Natarajan

    CEO & Founder

    Sarayu has a background in management consulting (McKinsey and Company), venture investing (Elevar Equity), program development and management (Gray Matters Capital), and academic research. She has a PhD in Political Science from King's College London, a Master's in Public Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, and a arts and law degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

    Astha Kapoor


    Astha has experience in research (Future State, SEWA), consulting (MicroSave, Dalberg), advisory (APPI), and government (Planning Commission). She has a Masters from the Institute of Social Studies (the Netherlands), and a bachelors in history from St. Stephens College. She is a two time TedX speaker, and Global Governance Future Fellow (2018-19).

    Shruti Gupta

    Research Fellow

    Shruti Gupta is pursuing a PhD at the National University of Singapore. She holds a Masters from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Bachelors from the University of Delhi. She has worked as a Consultant for the ILO, as a LAMP Fellow, and as an Audit Analyst at Deloitte. At Aapti, she is undertaking research on harassment on the platform economy.

    Deepmala Tiwari

    Research Associate

    Deepmala is a postgraduate in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore with a Bachelors in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur. She has interned with organisations like MicroSave, Basix Sub-K and Urban Management Center. Her engagements reflect her interest in the field of developmental issues like informality, microfinance, women’s rights, etc. She is a social scientist in making and aspires to deeply explore digital governance at Aapti.

    Deborah Thomas

    Research Intern

    Deborah Thomas is a graduate student of Public Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Govt. Model Engineering College, Cochin University and has worked as an Applications Engineer at Oracle. Her research interests lie in technology and governance. She has co-authored a report at Aapti on building trust in eGovernance systems and is currently looking at how digitization is changing welfare delivery and citizen-state relations in the agri sector.

  • Publications

    Writing from the Aapti team

    Aapti weighed in the Wire on 19 February 2019 about the National Urban Innovation Stack (NUIS). Find the original article here. On January 31, the Indian government released the ‘National Urban Innovation Stack (NUIS)’ strategy paper, inviting comments that were limited to what the Centre must...
    In this brief, we take a look at what it takes to enable eGovernance initiatives to transform the way citizens access the state. These considerations are timely with Common Service Centres (CSCs) becoming ubiquitous fixtures in governance. Moreover, this exploration is particularly significant as...
    Pallavan, a political worker in Bangalore, spoke to me about how he goes about his everyday work. During one interaction, he showed me several videos for over 30 minutes - of leaking pipes, broken pavements, missing drain covers, and defunct hand pumps. My interest was in understanding the...
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