Postcolonial Urban Futures

The first strand of my research advances theoretical and empirical work on the ways in which new forms of city-making (seen especially in the rise of smart cities) have creating exclusionary landscapes of sustainable development in the global south. This work has so far been funded by AHRC, ESRC, ICSSR, Swiss National Research Foundation, UKIERI and WUN. I have published on this theme in Environment and Planning C, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Dialogues in Human Geography and a co-edited book titled ‘Mega-urbanization in the global south‘. I have also written extensively for popular media such as TheConversationUK, openDemocracy and the Guardian and quoted in several news articles. Recently I was invited to present on smart cities and social justice in the UNCTAD 19th annual session of the Commission for Science Technology and Development in Palais de Nations, Geneva.

Embodied and performative futures:

The second strand of my research examines gendered urban citizenship in the global south. This was funded by a British Academy research grant, based on which I completed a research monograph titled The Illegal City: Space, Law and Gender in a Delhi squatter settlement’. More recently it has been funded by an AHRC and a British Academy grant to address violence against women by innovating digital technologies.  I have published articles around this theme in Antipode, CITY, Derivé,  Gender, Place, and Culture; Cultural Geographies and Urban Geography, and been invited to lecture in several national and international universities.

Translocal futures of the city

This strand of my research is concerned with connections between migrant transnationalisms, translocal identities, and material geographies of home and belonging. This research has contributed to developing theoretical and empirical approaches towards situated cosmopolitanisms, affective encounters with the global city, and the material geographies of gendered home/lands; as well as using innovative methodologies of visual narratives and participant photography. My co-edited book titled Translocal Geographies: Spaces, Places, Connections published in 2011 builds upon this work to propose an embodied notion of belonging to spaces and places during increased global mobility. Findings from this research have been disseminated as book chapters and in leading geography journals including Antipode, Environment and Planning A, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Urban Studies and through invited lectures in several international universities.

1 Comment

  1. So-called environmentally induced migration is multi-level problem. According to Essam El-Hinnawi definition form 1985 environmental refugees are “those people who have been forced to leave their traditional habitat, temporarily or permanently, because of a marked environmental disruption (natural or triggered by people) that jeopardised their existence and/or seriously affected the quality of their life”.

    According to Bogumil Terminski it seems reasonable to distinguish the general category of environmental migrants from the more specific (subordinate to it) category of environmentally-induced displaced persons.

    According to Norman Myers environmental refugees are “people who can no longer gain a secure livelihood in their homelands because of drought, soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and other environmental problems, together with associated problems of population pressures and profound poverty”.

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