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A key ambition of the Centre is to re-imagine the urban in India, and the Global South, especially in the context of globalisation. The Centre is actively involved in building theory and informing practice around the processes, challenges and opportunities that being and becoming urban in the Global South hold. The Centre undertakes comparative urban research projects in collaboration with a rich and diverse network of academic and non-academic partners in India and the Global South. The centre has conducted collaborative research across geographical scales (street, neighbourhood, city, urban peripheries, mega cities, metropolitan regions) with a special focus on the much neglected and under researched smaller and medium towns of India which form the bulk of India’s urban settlements. Covering several levels of urban governance and their power dynamics, i.e. from the centre to the state to the local, there is a strong focus on studying impact of urban reforms on the marginalised urban populations, on policy analysis and advocacy to expand and deepen the space for urban democratic participation.
CUPG seeks to disrupt dominant theorisations about urbanisation that tend to portray cities of the global south as chaotic, crime ridden, and unmanageable. It seeks to question the techno-rational perspectives of the urban system and instead offers a more grounded socio-political understanding of how cities are produced. The Centre’s research foregrounds the lived experiences of marginalised and subaltern urban populations. It attempts to re-situate the urban within the complexities and contestations produced by the shifting state-market axis post liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation. The work at the centre thus focuses on the socio-spatial relations that constitute localities arguing that they play an equally important role in influencing urban transformations by resisting, subverting, moderating, and mediating changes wrought by neo-liberalising forces. The policy research undertaken by the Centre attempts to better understand the emerging dynamics of the urban governance ecosystem, the relative autonomy of the local bodies vis-à-vis the state and central governments, the constraints to democratic devolution of powers, and the role played by state and non-state actors, including informal power brokers influencing decision–making.
Briefly, some of the ongoing and future research themes of the Centre are:
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