The Ground Zone project is a collaboration between the Manchester Urban Institute, and architects / urban designers Callison RTKL. In a 4month pilot, funded by the University ‘Innovation Lab’ program.
At the Alliance Manchester Business School, I am working on the project, ‘Place-based innovation strategies and entrepreneurial ecosystems’, where I am studying the role and implications, particularly sustainability, and inclusivity of knowledge-based developments in city regions and beyond.
I was a Research Associate at the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), working with Cardiff University and the Indian Institute of Management Kolkata. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I carried out research on understanding hybrid governance and residents’ livelihoods with associated vulnerabilities in South Asian border towns.
I was a Research Associate at the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), working with Cardiff University and the Indian Institute of Management Kolkata. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I carried out research on understanding hybrid governance and residents’ livelihoods with associated vulnerabilities in South Asian border towns. I led the data collection and analysis and wrote up findings in reports and two journal articles. I have effectively collaborated with multiple stakeholders while also taking charge of project management, overseeing day-to-day progress, and strategizing dissemination plans.
This research studied the importance of place for indigenous household industries (in particular, the idol-making industry in Kolkata’s Kumartuli neighbourhood) facing social, cultural and economic transformation as a result of changing urban governance agendas in India’s contemporary cities.
This website is dedicated for disseminating research n the field of Urban Studies, specifically on two related strands.
Firstly, studying how infrastructure, urban governance agendas, neoliberal urban policies and grassroots politics affect informal indigenous household (creative) industries in Southern cities.
Secondly, the ethico-political and socio-spatial implications of place-based innovation strategies and knowledge-based urban regeneration models.
The workshop was attended by Community Representatives from Kumartuli, Kolkata based Planners, Architects, Academic Researchers, Engineers, Policy makers, Research Students. In this workshop, community representatives and local residents were invited to share their experiences and grievances. The aim of the workshop was to provide a safe, collaborative, and fair space to discuss and share ideas of improving lives and livelihoods through enriching the infrastructure and services. Further the workshop also considered how can the precarious conditions of living and working in slum neighbourhoods be improved with the knowledge, expertise, and experience of the artists, residents, researchers, planners, architects, engineers and academics.
The workshop is also followed in Bengali News paper, Ajkaal
A blog article by Dr Debapriya Chakrabarti, Ms Purva Dewoolkar, and Professor Deljana Iossifova. The article was published on the University of Manchester website in 2021.