Thampi is Assistant Professor of Development Studies in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore, India. Her research interests include gender and development; ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and digital communities; feminist demography and policy critique; decentralized planning and governance; and poverty, social exclusion, and marginalization. She has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. In 2011 she completed a project on the possibilities of digital space and creating cyber communities in empowering women in local governance. Most recently, she co-authored an article in Journal of Development Studies, “Performing Participatory Citizenship- Politics and Power in Kerala’s Kudumbashree Programme.” Last year she co-authored a book (with J Devika) entitled New Lamps for Old: Gender Paradoxes of Political Decentralization in Kerala (New Dehli: Zubaan).