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Desai, Renu

Renu Desai Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Renu Desai is Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University), Ahmedabad. She was formerly a Research Associate at Durham University, UK. She has a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines the politics of urban development and citizenship in Ahmedabad, and focuses on the practices that constitute its postindustrial remaking as well as their intersections with the remaking of the city by Hindutva politics. She is also involved in a joint research project on the politics of sanitation and water in Mumbai’s informal settlements. Her research interests include urban informality, planning practices and new modes of urban governance, housing struggles, and questions around violence, identity, and urban space, particularly in India.