Meet the Scholar, Anusha. She is into spacecraft control systems, Bali, and if her research were a fashion item, a sturdy pair of riding boots would fit the bill.

Stylish Academic 1Tell us about your research?

I’m a PhD student at the University of Exeter, and I research spacecraft control systems. My dissertation deals with assessing safety in aerospace controllers. This field of study is becoming increasingly important as our space aspirations are getting bigger – think space tourism, Mars settlements, and asteroid mining.

What’s the best thing about being an academic scholar?

There are lots of great things about being an academic researcher. The freedom – of thought, geography, time – definitely tops the list. The opportunity to collaborate with really smart people at the cutting edge in their fields is amazing as well. Plus, if you’re lucky you get to travel to some beautiful places : )

What book(s) are you reading?

I’m reading Murakami’s 1Q84, and am completely captivated by it. I love Wodehouse and I’m currently reading Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit. It’s laugh-out-loud funny in true style! I also just started reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

What style are you comfortable in?

I love classic pieces in soft, premium fabrics. I gravitate to the feel of things rather than their look. I’m comfortable in feminine clothes like dresses and skirts. I like experimenting with different textures. Autumn style is my absolute favourite. I usually keep accessories at a minimum. I like outfits that are simple, with perfect detailing. I believe an outfit should come together perfectly to make a person feel more like themselves – I believe there is so much joy in such resonance!

Most favourite item in your wardrobeStylish Academic 3

This Missoni burgundy wool scarf: Warm and luxurious!

I’m not sure if this counts, but I also love my Estee Lauder Daywear Sheer – I can’t live without it!

Your favourite fashion brands?

H&M, Zara, New Look, Uniqlo, and Miss Selfridge.

Where do you shop for your outfits?

I love shopping in London! I can spend hours shopping in vintage and indie designer stores in Paris, Bali, and my hometown Bangalore.

Whose style inspires you?

Beautiful women who are at ease with themselves. At the moment I’m inspired by Amal Clooney, Marion Cotillard, and Leila Janah.

If you could ask three (academic juggernauts) for dinner…

Nikola Tesla, Richard Feynman, and Amelia Earhart. In my opinion, they exemplify creativity and courage in fields that are not traditionally considered creative. I’d be fascinated to hear them talk!

Riding BootsIf your research were a fashion item, what would it be?

A pair of riding boots. Beautiful, stable, and high-performance!

What would you spend your last cash on?

A great dinner!

Academic events or seminars will you be attending in the next 6 months…?

There are a few events I’m considering, but haven’t confirmed my participation so can’t say yet.

Windows or a Mac?

A Mac at home, Windows and Linux in the lab.

Ideal get-away spot from the academic hustle

Bali. For its natural beauty, great people, and inspiring art and architecture.

Who are you when you are not doing research or teaching?

A foodie, a dog-lover, and someone that’s curious about a lot of things. I gather inspiration from things I experience, and look for ways to express it in my life.

People are always surprised that…Stylish Academic 2

I love to cook!

If you were not an academic researcher, what would you be?

This is a hard question to answer, simply because I have picked up so many interests along the way. I would be happy being a design professional, dog groomer, kickboxing instructor, food critic, mental health worker, travel writer, secondary school teacher or a theater artist. The underlying theme probably is a line of work that combines continuous learning and creativity.


You can follow Anusha on Twitter @anusha.

Feature Photo: Bali by Sven for Unsplash