Abhigyan Singh was born in the central part of India and has lived, studied, and worked in India, Finland, and The Netherlands. Currently, Abhigyan is working as a PhD candidate at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. His PhD research is on the topic of inter-household energy sharing in India and the Netherlands. His research builds upon the works of economic anthropologists and investigates social and cultural dimensions of local energy ‘distribution’ in standalone renewable energy systems.

In 2010, Abhigyan graduated with Master of Arts in New Media Design from Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finland. His master’s thesis (‘Design Opportunities and Challenges in Indian Urban Slums – Community Communication and Mobile Phones’) was awarded the highest grade and ‘Department of Media-Stipend.’ The thesis was exhibited and awarded Second Prize at CUMULUS 20th Anniversary Exhibition (‘Young Creators for Better City & Better Life’) hosted by Tongji University in combination with Shanghai World Expo 2010 held in Shanghai, China. Around 50 Cumulus member schools participated in the exhibition with a submission of over 400 student works. The research also resulted in multiple peer-reviewed journal and conference publications.


Design Anthropology, Ethnography, Energy Studies, Visual Methods, Media Studies

Academic Background

2007 – 2010
Master of Arts in New Media Design. Media Lab, Department of Media, Aalto University School of Art and Design (previously known as University of Art and Design Helsinki), Finland.

2001 – 2005
Bachelor of Technology in Information and Communication Technology. Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), India.

Relevant Work Experience

April 2012 – February 2013
Interaction Designer at Parallel & Distributed Systems group, TU Delft, The Netherlands

April 2011 – April 2012
Design Researcher & Scientific Programmer at Multimedia Information Retrieval Lab, TU Delft

November 2010 – March 2011
Self-Employed Ethnographer, Maternal Health Research, Chhattisgarh, India

May – June 2009
Usability Researcher at Crucible Studio Research Group, Finland

July – October 2008
Researcher, Enabling Community Communications – Platforms and Applications Project, India/Finland

February – June 2008
Research Assistant at ARKI Research Group, Finland

November 2005 – July 2007
User Interface Designer at Infosys Technologies Ltd., India

Research Internships

February – March 2012
Research Intern, Spoken Web Project, IBM Research, New Delhi, India

Invited Talks

MircoSD-ing ‘Mewati Videos’: Circulation and Regulation of a Subaltern-Popular Media Culture Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Providence, USA. October 2013

Master’s thesis research presentation at: Xerox Research Center Europe (XRCE), Grenoble, France, September 2011; Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India, 2010; Mobile App Developer Network, Helsinki, Finland, 2010.

Summer Schools

July 2014
DEMAND Summer School: Energy Histories and Energy Future, Lancaster University, UK

September 2013
GALA Summer School on Serious Gaming, Graz, Austria

June 2013
Groningen Energy Summer School, A multidisciplinary approach to energy transition, The Netherlands

June 2010
Urban Interactions Summer School, Urban Informatics and Sustainable Cities Workshop, Oulu, Finland

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LinkedIn, Academia.edu, ReseachGate