Dr. Sneha Sharma

Research themes
  • Governance
  • Theories of Development
  • Politics & Democracy
  • Gender
  • Urbanisation
Research countries
  • India
Additional information

Working group : ZEF in the City (ZEFa research group) Critical urban studies on everyday urbanity, citizenship and the governance of informality in the Global South

Professional experience

Post-Doctoral Fellow for Future Rural Africa Project at Department of Geography, University of Bonn

Teaching Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, July 2012 – July 2014

Research Scholar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, July 2014-June 2015


Ph.D candidate at Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany (2015-present) M.Phil Planning and Development, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India (2012-2014) M.A Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2010-2012) B.A Sociology, Presidency University, Kolkata, India (2007-2010)

Thesis title

Politics of Waste: Contestations, Practices and Geographies of Exclusion at a Dumping Site in Mumbai

Thesis abstract

The primary purpose of the research proposal is to explore the politics surrounding the concept of waste in everyday urban life. Metabolism as a concept is employed in the study to characterize the transformation of nature-society relationship.The study uses qualitative method of a case study where analysis is done about waste management in the city of Mumbai (India), which is currently experiencing contestations and tensions in civic waste management. The researcher tries to draw connections between metabolic production of waste and uneven development in society

Doctoral research funded by

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Detlef Mueller-Mahn, Department of Geography, University of Bonn Prof. Dr. Christoph Antweiler, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Bonn

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Saravanan Subramanian


Sneha Sharma.  2018.  Urban Ecologies in Transition: Contestations around Waste in Mumbai.  In: Jenia Mukherjee (eds.): Sustainable Urbanization in India : Challenges and Opportunities. Springer.  207-223. 

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Sneha Sharma

Junior Researcher

ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change