Arijit Sen

Doctoral Researcher


Twitter: senarijit

Research Interests

  • Citizenship
  • Surveillance
  • Borders
  • Refugees
  • Conflict

Arijit Sen is a Doctoral Researcher at PRIO and the Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. His doctoral research is on the implications of digitalization and e-governance for surveillance and civil society monitoring in India. His doctoral research is a part of the project e-Topia: China, India and Biometric Borders, funded by the Research Council of Norway. The Phd project, with the preliminary title Technology and Law in India's National Register of Citizens is supervised by Åshild Kolås at PRIO and Sundeep Sahay at UiO.

Arijit worked as a Programme Manager and Researcher with Amnesty International’s India office in Bangalore from 2016-2019. In 2019, he was a fellow at the Centre for Contemporary South Asia at Brown University.

Arijit is an award-winning journalist who has reported extensively from India’s Northeast and other parts of South Asia since he started his career as reporter in 2005. In 2011, Arijit was a Gerda Henkel Fellow at Reuters Institute, Oxford University.

Work experience:

July–November 2019: Lead Researcher/Technical Consultant, Blumont Global, Washington DC, Remote/Afghanistan, Assistance Services for Afghan Victims of Conflict

January–June 2019: Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Centre for Contemporary South Asia, Brown University, Rhode Island.

March 2016–December 2018: Programme Manager and Researcher, Amnesty International India working on Communal Violence in India; Undertrials in India; Rohingya Refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; Detention Centres in India; Human Rights Defenders in India

2015: Co-researcher, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford, Digital Journalism project

2005–2014: Reporter with CNN-IBN television network

2003–2005: Journalist with NDTV broadcasting company, New Delhi, India


2014–2015: Masters in Human Rights Law from Department of Law, School of Oriental And African Studies, University of London.

Languages spoken:

Bengali, English, Assamese and Hindi

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