Plenary speakers

Professor Nandini Gooptu, University of Oxford

Nandini Gooptu is Head of Department at the Oxford Department of International Development and Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. Educated in Calcutta and at Cambridge, and trained as a social historian, she is the author of The Politics of the Urban Poor in Early Twentieth Century India (Cambridge University Press, 2001), editor of Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India (Routledge, 2013), and joint-editor of India and the British Empire (Oxford University Press, Oxford History of the British Empire Series, 2012).

Dr Prashant Kidambi, University of Leicester

Prashant Kidambi is Senior Lecturer in Colonial Urban History, University of Leicester. Between 2012-14, he was also Director, Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester, UK. After acquiring his initial training as a historian at the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, Dr. Kidambi completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford. Dr. Kidambi’s research has focused primarily on the history of colonial Bombay, a topic on which he has published extensively. In addition to articles in international journals and edited collections, he has a published a major study, The Making of an Indian Metropolis: Colonial Governance and Public Culture in Bombay, 1890-1920 (Aldershot, 2007).

Professor Malcolm Miles, University of Plymouth

Malcolm Miles is Professor of Culture Theory in the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at the University of Plymouth. He is author of Herbert Marcuse: An Aesthetics of Liberation (Pluto Press, 2011), is guest co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Politics (Duke) 2013, and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism (Routledge).

Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill, University of Birmingham

Sophie Hadfield-Hill is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Her research is informed by children’s, urban and development geographies. In 2013 she was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant to explore urban living, sustainability and everyday life within the context of a new city development in India.

Professor Nick Dunn, Lancaster University

Nick Dunn, Chair of Urban Design at Lancaster University, UK. He is Associate Director for the Institute for Social Futures where he leads research on the Future of Cities and Urbanism. His work for the UK Government Office for Science and projects such as the EPSRC-funded Liveable Cities contributes to the wider discourse surrounding the current characteristics and potential future scenarios of the urban landscape in a range of contexts.

Netra Shirke, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation

Netra Shirke is a post graduate in management from the Mumbai University and presently works as a Councillor (elected representative) of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). This is her 12th year as a Councillor. She was the first lady Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the NMMC for the year 2015-16. In the last 11 years she has also been the Chairperson of the 1) B-Ward Committee 2) Law Committee 3) Water & Sewerage Dept. Committee, and 4) Women and Child Development Committee.

Dr Hyun Bang Shin, London School of Economics

Hyun Shin is Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, and has been in the Department of Geography and Environment since 2008. His research includes the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urban development, with particular attention to Asian cities. His main research interests lie in the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urban (re-) development. He has written widely on speculative urbanisation, the politics of redevelopment and displacement, and urban spectacles.