Solomon Benjamin

Title/Position: Professor
Department/Faculty/Institution: Manipal School of Architecture and Planning, Manipal University
Degree(s)/School(s): Phd (Urban Studies and Planning -MIT Cambridge Mass, , MS Arch S (MIT Cambridge Mass), B Ach (School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi)

MCRI Projects: B3: Land and Housing Markets; B5: Regional Governance and Suburbanization; B7: Transportation; B8: Everyday Suburbanisms; C4: South Asia Research Cluster

Background: Solomon Benjamin's research interests are located in the intersect between urban land, economy, and the politics of governance in Indian metros and small towns, with a particular interest in land market in the rapidly expanding urban peripheries. A related interest is in the role of the elite groups in shaping neo-liberal flavors to policy dialogues. His background is in Urban Studies, and his doctoral work was undertaken at the Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Benjamin also completed an earlier Masters in Settlements Design from the Department of Architecture at MIT, Cambridge Massachusetts.

Research Interests: Urban land; Housing; Governance; Civic politics

Select Publications:

2011 Arguments for the Imperfect City in ‘The City as Studio’ (Edition 1) RAQs Cyber Mohalla Press. The book is available for free download as a PDF at the Sarai website. ( July

2011 (with Bhuvaneswari Raman) 'Illegible Claims, Legal Titles, and the Worlding of Bangalore' in Tiers Monde (Revue). Institut D'etude Du Developpement Economique Et Social De Paris. July

2011 Commoning contests the ‘Urban Commons’: Some thoughts on the de–commoning of Bengaluru Section 4, Ch. 43 (P. 295 to 312) in Vocabulary of Commons Foundation for Ecological Security at WQ Judge Press, Bangalore, India. January

2010: Manufacturing Neoliberalism: Lifestyling Indian Urbanity Chapter- 4 in Accumulation by Dispossession: Transformative Cities in the New Global Order Edited by : Swapna Banerjee-Guha Sage, New Delhi, India

2008 ‘Occupancy Urbanism: Radicalizing Politics and Economy beyond Policy and Programs’ Int. Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) Vol. 32, Issue 3 September

2008 ‘Inclusive or Contested? Conceptualizing A Globalized Bangalore’ in Mahadevia D (edt) Inside the Transforming Urban Asia – Policies, Processes, and Public Action Concept, New Delhi

2008 ‘Milieux d’affaires, société civile & politiques anti-pauvres’ (Original in French) (Revitalizing the Indian city: The business community, civil society & anti-poor policies) in Agone 38 and 39 – Issue on ‘Cities and social resistance’

2006 (with R. Bhuvaneswari) ‘Urban futures of poor groups in Chennai and Bangalore: How these are shaped by the relationship between Parastatal and Local Bodies’ Ch. 10 in Local Governance in India: Decentralization and Beyond by Niraja Jayal, Amit Prakash, Pradeep Sharma (edt.) Oxford University Press New Delhi

2005 "Un-planned, Illegal, Non-conforming": An emerging subversive of Touts, Pirates, and the Ghosts” in "Bare Act" Sarai Reader 05 February Sarai –CSDS

2004  ‘Urban land transformation for pro-poor economies’ Geoforum, Volume 35, Issue 2, March (pp. 177-187)

2003 From Income to urban contest in global settings: Chronic Poverty in Bangalore Ch. 6 in Chronic Poverty in India published by the Chronic Poverty Reseach Centre, University of Manchester and the Indian Institute of Public Administration. (also working paper #4 in the same series)