Somnath holds a Masters in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London. His thesis was on the Indian middle class, wherein he observed the creolization in middle class identities post 1990s business restructuring and new economic reforms. He has worked at the CNN International in New Delhi on business segment 'New Silk Road' and weekly show 'Talk Asia'. Prior to this, Somnath was at a news stream organisation - Demotix in London, supervising their South Asia coverage. Most recently, he worked as a consultant for a project looking at migration from Nepal to the Gulf - he was responsible for the make of ethnographies of deported migrants, framing and structure of qualitative analysis.
As part of the communication and outreach team, Somnath looks at making research activities more visible on the digital platforms