C4: South Asia Research Cluster

Team Lead:

Shubhra Gururani (York University, Toronto)

Team Members:
Solomon Benjamin (Manipal University, Manipal)
Anne Rademacher (New York University, New York)
Himanshu Burte (Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai)
Rajarshi Dasgupta (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Bhuvaneswari Raman (Jindal Global University, Sonepat)
Shruti Dubey (PhD Candidate, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Himadri Chatterjee (PhD Candidate, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Malini Krishnankutty (PhD Candidate, Tata Institute for Social Sciences. Mumbai)

Research Context, Methods and Goals:

The research under this cluster ran parallel to and drew on research conducted under the Governance, Infrastructure, Land and Housing Markets, Everyday Suburbanisms, and Water clusters. The primary focus of this cluster was on two city-regions – Bangalore and New Delhi-Gurgaon, with limited focus on land development and green buildings in Mumbai. Objectives were to conduct a survey of literatures for major city-regions of Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, with references to Kolkata and Chennai, and map critical turning points in urban/suburban governance, land, and housing development since independence in 1947 and identify overlapping and divergent analytical concepts and categories for different city regions. This enabled the framing of key research questions, diverse research methodologies required for different cities, and plans the next stage of research. Gururani initiated the study of sewage and wastewater infrastructures using qualitative and ethnographic methods and following this came field based ethnographic research, with the help of students in Bangalore and New Delhi-Gurgaon. Benjamin focused on the politics of urban governance in Bangalore looking at land politics, markets and contestations over land in the last decade.

Research & Dissemination:

The MCRI International Workshop: Tracking Transformations in Agrarian-Urban Hinterlands of South Asia was held February 23 to 25, 2017 at the Convention Center in Jawahalal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. The conference program can be downloaded here.

A special issue on South Asian Urbanisms is available in Economic and Political Weekly's Review of Urban Affairs. Featuring papers from the workshop, the special issue looks at the dynamics of South Asian urbanization and how it differs from dominant modes of suburbanization in the Global North. Click here to access the full issue.

Presentations & Publications:

Conference and Workshop Presentations

Publications and Other Dissemination