Principal investigator (UK): Dr Ayona Datta
Dr Ayona Datta is Reader in Human Geography in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. Her research interests are in the social and cultural processes shaping notions of home, identity and urban citizenship . Her research and writing uses approaches from sociology, anthropology, feminist and critical geography and broadly focuses on the gendered politics of citizenship and urbanization. Blog: The city inside out
Principal investigator (India): Dr Anu Sabhlok
Dr Anu Sabhlok is an Assistant Professor and Convener of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Mohali. Her current research interests are on critical perspectives of disaster relief, an ethnography of the construction of border roads, and the development of Participatory Action Research tools for qualitative research and social change. Her interdisciplinary research draws on feminist and labour geography, political economy in contemporary India, globalization, and identity. Blog http://www.migrantlabourers.wordpress.com
Co-investigator (UK): Professor William Gould
Professor William Gould is Professor of Indian History in the History Department at the University of Leeds. His research interests include Hindu nationalism, the Congress in north India, corruption/anti-corruption and the state in India, notion of citizenship and state transformation over Indian independence and partition, ‘Criminal/Denotified Tribes’, and South Asian diasporas. He is author of Hindu nationalism and the language of politics in late colonial India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), Bureaucracy, Community and Influence: Society and the State in India, 1930-1960s (London: Routledge, 2011), Religion and Conflict in South Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Co-investigator (UK): Dr Rebecca Madgin
Dr Rebecca Madgin is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her current research explores the relationships between the economic and emotional values of heritage and their role in urban redevelopment since 1945. Specific projects include research that examines youth heritage in London; place attachment and heritage in Glasgow and how decisions about heritage are made in the context of rapid urbanisation in China. She is author of Heritage, Culture and Conservation: Managing the Urban Renaissance (Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag, 2009).
Project administrator (UK): Sarah Gandee
Sarah Gandee is a PhD student at the University of Leeds. Her research project addresses the impact of Indian independence in 1947 upon the ‘ex-criminal tribes’ – those who were notified under the colonial Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 which sought to combat the perceived hereditary criminality of certain, often marginal and nomadic, communities. Focusing on north-western India from the 1940s to the present day, the project traces how their de-notification as ‘criminal tribes’ was intimately linked to the formation of the independent Indian state, and how it was this process which has shaped the development of the ‘De-notified and Nomadic Tribe’ as a distinct legal and political identity.