Shubhra Gururani

Title/Position: Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

MCRI Projects: A2: Governance; A4: Infrastructure; B3: Land and Housing Markets; B4: Boundaries; B6: Water; B8: Everyday Suburbanisms; C4: South Asia Research Cluster; MCRI Steering Committee.

Background: As a social-cultural anthropologist, Shubhra Gururani is interested in feminist theory and methodology, critical political ecology, and cities and suburbs of the global south. For the last few years, she has been conducting ethnographic and archival research in Gurgaon, the Millennial City of India, which lies just outside of New Delhi, and is home to countless call-centers, corporate offices, gated enclaves, and ever expanding population of labor migrants. Her focus is primarily on issues of land acquisition and corporate development, disappearing urban villages, and the absence of sewage in Gurgaon. Gururani's forthcoming publication “Flexible Planning: The Making of India’s Millennial City, Gurgaon,” through an examination of urban planning documents, describes how a place like Gurgaon came to be constituted in the post-independence India at the intersection of competing and contradictory goals of development and exemptions. For the Global Surburbanism project, she will be leading the South Asia Research Cluster as well as the Water/Sewage Cluster. Under the South Asia Cluster, research will focus mostly on New Delhi and Bangalore and to a limited extent Mumbai in India, and possibly attempt a comparative analysis with Dhaka and Lahore. The research under both these clusters will be ethnographic and archival.

Research Interests: critical political ecologies, space and place, postcolonial development, and histories of science and nature.

Select Publications:

Gururani, Shubhra. (2017). Cities in a world of villages: Tracking the urban through the agrarian, Urban Geography. (under review)

Gururani, Shubhra. (2017). Designed to Fail: Technopolitics of Disavowal and Disdain in an Urbanizing Frontier. Economic and Political Weekly. (Forthcoming)

2010 "Fostering Community, Instituting Neoliberal Natures in the Forests of Uttarakhand, India." Under Review

2009 “Troubled Nature”: Some Reflections on the Changing Nature of the Millennial City (Gurgaon), India. In The Natural City: Re-Envisioning the Built Environment. Ingrid Stefanovic and Stephen Scharper (Eds.) University of Toronto Press. Toronto.

2009 “Gendered Geographies: Women and the Making of Utttarakhand, India.” Under Review

2002 “Constructions of Third World Women’s Knowledge in the Development Discourse.” International Social Science Journal. Special Issue on Indigenous Knowledges. No. 173. September.

2002 “Forests of Pleasure and Pain: Gendered Practices of Labor and Livelihood in the Forests of Kumaon Himalayas, India.” Gender, Place, and Culture. Volume 9, No.3.

2000 “Regimes of Control, Strategies of Access: Practices of Property and Community in Uttarakhand Himalayas, India.” In Agrarian Environments: Resources, Representations, and Rule in India. Arun Agrawal & K. Sivaramakrishnan (Eds.) Duke University Press. Durham, NC.

1997 “The ‘New Traditionalist’ Discourse of Indian Environmentalism." Journal of Peasant Studies with Subir Sinha and Brian Greenberg. Volume 24, No. 3, April 1997. pp. 65 - 99.