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Lalitha Kamath

Spring 2024 Visiting Scholar
(co-sponsored with the South Asia Center)
Urbanist & Planner

April 7, 2024 to May 7, 2024

Lalitha Kamath is an urbanist and planner working at the intersection of urban infrastructure, urban planning and governance, and the environment. She writes on dominant forms of urban transformations in the Global South – both the structural violence of spatial transformation and processes of slow violence to urban environments. Her work demonstrates the agency of marginalised groups in challenging dominant urbanisms through ethnography, storytelling and multimedia formats (see here and here). She is deeply interested in reimagining planning practice by drawing from fisher knowledge and the turbulences, liquidities, and temporalities of the ocean. She is the Chairperson of the Centre for Urban Policy & Governance, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.