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Professor of Sociology, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

I am currently a Professor of Sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. I am also an Associate Faculty at the Inter-Disciplinary Program in Climate Studies, and Associate Faculty at the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering, and Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay. I have earlier worked or held visiting positions at the Australian National University, National University of Singapore, and Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin . I am the author of Collective Violence in a Provincial City (OUP, 1997), and have co-edited “Women’s Self Help Groups: Restructuring Socio-Economic Development,” (Dominant, 2011), “Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in Rural, Urban and Contemporary Asia” (Springer, 2013), and Majoritarian Neoliberalism (Routledge, 2022). I have carried out research projects and published in the areas of urban studies, law and governance, gender and development, climate studies, and disaster risk and vulnerability. My current research interests include urban informality, urban commons, transnational urbanism, legal pluralism and resource governance, disaster governance, and vulnerability to climate / disaster risks.


  • –present
    Professor of Sociology, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay


  • 1995 
    University of Hyderabad, Ph.D, Sociology