B.M.M. (Sophia College for Women, University of Mumbai);
M.A (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai);
M.Phil., PhD. (University of Cambridge)
Shreyashi Dasgupta is an Associate Professor at the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. Shreyashi has an MPhil (2015) and PhD (2020) from the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. Her research interests include urban and labour geography, political ethnography, housing and infrastructure in cities of the Global South. Shreyashi’s doctoral dissertation, “The Accommodation City: Private low-income housing and urban space in Dhaka and Mumbai” explores the emerging forms and processes of temporary accommodation (dormitories, mess housing, work-residence rentals and paying guests/room-sharing) for low-income workers. Using an ethnographic approach, her work seeks to understand how accommodation matter ‘in’ and ‘for’ cities.
Before joining JGU, Shreyashi has supervised students at the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. She has been a part of the grading and assessment team for London School of Economics’s (LSE) Public Policy Analysis programme. Her past work outside academia includes Associate Research Fellow for Observer Research Foundation and Programme Officer for Aga Khan Agency for Habitat. Shreyashi has also worked on a wide range of developmental issues for the Cambridge Consulting Network, Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research (PUKAR), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) that centered on public policies, health, water and sanitation, housing, education and urban governance in India, Bangladesh and United Kingdom.
Shreyashi has co-founded the Cambridge Urbanism in the Global South interdisciplinary working group. She is currently a co-convener of this group. She is also a committee member of the Development Geographies Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and manages the David W Smith Memorial Prize for sixth form students. For the past four years, she is part of the international judging panel for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition run by The Royal Commonwealth Society, London.
March 2020 Speaker at the Royal Geographical Society Microlectures [Video]
Title: In search of a ‘lost’ house in Bangladesh. https://www.rgs.org/geography/online-lectures/in-search-of-a-lost-house-in-bangladesh-shreya/
November 2019 Speaker at the ‘Frontiers of the Urban: thinking concepts and practices globally’ conference organised by Urban Lab, University College London (UCL).
Title: Accommodation city: new urban developers and low-income housing construction in Mumbai and Dhaka. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/urban-lab/sites/urban-lab/files/3a-2.5_high-rise_lives.pdf
April 2019 Speaker and Panel Convener at the session on ‘Situating and Worlding the Bangladeshi Cities: Carving out new geographies of theory’ organised by the British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) 2019.
Title:Tax collector as a ‘street level bureaucrat’: Property tax, low income housing and urban governance in Dhaka.
January 2019 Speakerat Declarations, the Human Rights Podcast at Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge.
Episode:A Right to Sleep: Homelessness and Temporary Housing [Audio Podcast] https://soundcloud.com/declarationspod/right-to-sleep
August 2018 Speaker and Panel Convener at the session on ‘Beyond a Standardised Urban Lexicon: Which Vocabulary Matters? organised by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with IBG Annual Conference 2018, Cardiff.
Title: ‘In-between’ slums and high-rise: Learning from new forms of housing in Mumbai and Dhaka. http://conference.rgs.org/AC2018/22.
April 2018 Speaker at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans.
Title: ‘Doing’ comparative research in South Asia and positionality of the researcher: Reflections on fieldwork from Dhaka and Mumbaihttps://aag.secure-abstracts.com/AAG%20Annual%20Meeting%202018/abstracts-gallery/11345
October 2017- Present Co-founder and Co-convener for the Cambridge Urbanism in the Global South Working Group. This initiative is funded by the Department of Architecture, Centre for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).
October 2017 Participant for the Delta V workshop on participatory urban planning in Versoix, Geneva, Switzerland organised by Ville de Versoix and urbz Geneva.
June 2017 Co-convener for the International Conference: Urbanism in the Global South: Building New Geographies of Development. This conference was held on June 26 2017 and was sponsored by the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and Centre for Latin American Studies (CLAS), University of Cambridge.https://camglobalsouthconf.wixsite.com/globalsouthcities
April 2017 Speaker at the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) Annual Conference 2017, University of Nottingham.
Title: Ad-hoc Verticality: (In)formal Housing, Governance and the Planning of Contemporary Dhaka.
June 2016 Speaker for Girton College Benefactors’ event, University of Cambridge.
Title: “It is the formal rather than the informal that requires explanation” – Learning from Informal Urbanism in Mumbai
January 2016 Participant for the Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
Topic: The Commonwealth after Malta: the progress of renewal and reform
November 2015 Deputy Coordinator and Co-Convener for Cambridge International Development Conference 2015 organised by Humanitarian Centre and Cambridge Hub
Theme: Learning from the Past, Educating for the Future. http://www.camidc.org.uk/2015-programme.html
May 2015 Speaker for PechaKucha 20X20 organised by Girton College, University of Cambridge.
Title: ‘Complex Justifications in Planning: Urban Redevelopment in Mumbai’