16 February 2022

SUPRA Students February 2022

We are happy to announce that we have four new students joining us for our Virtual SUPRA Programme in February 2022! It is a pleasure to welcome: 

Mariano Errichiello, PhD at SOAS University of London

Mariano is a PhD student in Religions at SOAS University of London. He is the recipient of a Shapoorji Pallonji and a Kamran Djam scholarship, among others. Mariano earned his MA Religions of Asia and Africa at SOAS in 2017. His interests span from history, anthropology and sociology of religion to Zoroastrianism, esotericism and South Asian studies. Mariano's doctoral research focuses on Ilm-e-Khshnoom 'Science of Bliss', an esoteric interpretation of Zoroastrianism introduced by Behramshah Shroff (1858-1927) among the Zoroastrians of India, also known as Parsis, at the beginning of the 20th century. By means of historical and textual analysis combined with ethnographic research, Mariano examines Ilm-e-Khshnoom as a religious firm of the Parsi religious marketplace from the colonial period up to the present time. Outcomes of his doctoral research include the translation from Gujarati into English of the first book published by Shroff and a short film.

Mashiur Rahman, MA at Tampere University

Mashiur is teaching at the Department of Public Administration in Comilla University of Bangladesh since April 2009. At this moment, he is studying masters programme in Leadership for Change-Governance for Sustainable Change at Tampere University in Finland. Before that he studied in Leadership for Sustainability at Malmo University in Sweden. His bachelor degree was concentrated on Public Administration at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. He has more than 15 research articles that already published in different journals focused on local governance, elections, leadership studies, politics-administration interface, etc. Moreover, his research interests included ‘Public Policy and Governance Issues, Political and parliamentary behavior, Electoral Governance’. He is looking for a suitable PhD position on my interested area.

Preethi Amaresh, Doctorate at Geneva School of Diplomacy

Ms. Preethi Amaresh is a Political Scientist and an author, pursuing Doctorate in International Relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland. She is the author of three published books, “Nihonomics”: Economic Foreign Policy of Japan, “Nànmín”: Concavity of China’s Refugee Policy and Ninengan Mae: The Stateless. Ms. Amaresh is also a columnist who often writes articles on world affairs for leading national, international magazines and journals. Her research interests focus mainly on India. Ms. Amaresh has worked and interned in several renowned organizations in the past. In 2020 August, She was the only scholar of Indian origin invited to the “Artificial Intelligence and International Politics conference” organized by the Academy of International Affairs (Germany) where the German Prime Minister of North Rhine Westphalia and several other world leaders were part of the event, widely covered by prominent Indian media channels.

Sumit Sonkar, PhD at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sumit Sonkar is a Ph.D. Candidate in Laws at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His thesis “Progressive Constitutionalism in India: Examining Women’s Right to Access Hindu Temples and its Societal Harmonization” examines how the Supreme Court of India has recognized women’s right to worship and how it can be made more socially acceptable from a gender equality perspective. His research interests lie in comparative constitutional law and socio-legal studies.