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Ayona Datta Dr Ayona Datta

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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 in 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. 

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*Twitter: The Illegal City

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Latest publications

Datta, A (2015 forthcoming) The Intimate City: Plenary lecture at the AAG 2014, Urban Geography.

Datta, A (2015 forthcoming) New Urban Utopias of Postcolonial India: Entrepreneurial urbanization and the smart city in Gujarat, [Anchor paper] Dialogues in Human Geography.

Datta, A (17 April 2014) India's Smart City Craze: Big, green and doomed from the start? Guardian.

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. 

Datta, A (2012) India’s Eco-city? Urbanisation, environment and mobility in the making of Lavasa, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, vol. 30(6), 982-996.

Current projects

  • Smart cities and Social justice

More work in progress

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