RLC Bonn PhD student Amit Kumar from India presented his research proposal titled ‘Contested Urban Development: Resistance, Negotiations and Daily Life Struggles of Slum Dwellers
in Mumbai, India’ at Department of Political and Cultural Change (ZEFa) on Thursday, 9 March 2017.
The central focus of his research is to understand how forms of individual and collective resistance by slum dwellers influence the process of urbanisation in India. The work of Medha Patkar’s (RLA 1991) Ghar Banao Ghar Bachao Aandolan – a right to the city movement – is an important case to his studies on the collective resistance of slum dwellers in Mumbai. Amit Kumar’s
research aims at the alternative imagination to the existing urban structures in relation to globalization.
India has strongly entrenched power hierarchies that have historical roots but have also been exacerbated by inequalities and injustices that have deepened with economic globalisation. However grassroots political movements are emerging in India that could signal a gradual shift to direct or radical democracy, coupled with making representative democracy more accountable and ecologically sustainable.
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On May 20th, 2014, a new RLC Campus was launched at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai. This Campus is the seventh worldwide and the first in South Asia. To create synergies between TISS’ research, teaching and policy engagement and the work of the RLC, the new campus will cooperate closely with the students of the MA programme in Social Work in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship. The Campus envisages to involve graduate Continue reading