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Dr Ayona Datta

Reader in Urban Futures

Start date at Kings: 1/08/2000

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My research and teaching broadly focuses on postcolonial urbanism and the gendered politics of urban citizenship in the global south. In particular, I am interested in how cities seek to transform themselves through utopian urban visions of the future and their impacts on everyday social, material and gendered geographies. I use interdisciplinary approaches from sociology, anthropology, feminist and critical geography combining qualitative and visual research methods to pursue my research interests. I have conducted fieldwork in India, Turkey, USA and UK and my research has been supported by AHRC, ESRC, British Academy, UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), Swiss National Science Foundation, World Universities Network (WUN), Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) and European Science Foundation. My key research interests are below.

  • Postcolonial urbanism and urban transformations
  • Critical geographies of smart urbanism and urban futures
  • Slums and informal settlements
  • Gender identity, initimate cities and the body
  • Transnational urbanism, citizenship, and translocal geographies of belonging

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