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Ayona Datta Dr Ayona Datta

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Room 10.132
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33362

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Research overview

I am Senior Lecturer and Research Cluster Leader of Citizenship and Belonging.  My research and writing broadly focuses on the gendered processes of citizenship and belonging and the politics of urbanization across the global north and south. I use interdisciplinary approaches from sociology, anthropology, feminist and critical geography combining qualitative and visual research methods to pursue my research interests. 

*Blog: The city inside out
*Twitter: The Illegal City

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Datta, A and Shaban, A eds. (2016 forthcoming) Fast Cities: New urban Utopias in the Global South. New York: Routledge.

Datta, A (2016) The Intimate City: Plenary lecture at the AAG 2014, Urban Geography.

Datta, A (2015) New Urban Utopias of Postcolonial India: Entrepreneurial urbanization in GujaratDialogues in Human Geography, vol. 5(1), 3-22.

Datta, A (2014) Gendered Nature and Urban Culture: The dialectics of gated developments in Izmir, Turkey, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 38(4), 1363–1383.

Datta, A (2012) The Illegal City: Space, law and gender in a Delhi squatter settlement. Farnham: Ashgate.


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