I am an urban researcher interested in the lived experience of informality in the global south, particularly Ghana and India. Through innovative research methods, I focus on the production and use of space to create and perpetuate the intersectional urban identities and inequalities of informality, poverty, and gender. My work spans the disciplines of urban planning, geography, sociology, and political economy.
I have worked extensively in India on various urban issues, including urbanisation policy, poverty, livelihoods, education, and water and sanitation. In more than 15 years in the development sector, I worked with governments, NGOs, implementing agencies and research institutes to formulate policy, coordinate programs, and conduct research. I have an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Delhi, an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. I am a doctoral candidate in City and Regional Planning Department at the Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.
Photograph: Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi, 2019 (Taken by a friend of mine as I explored the Baoli)