Amit Kumar

Research themes
  • Urbanisation
Research countries
  • India
Working groups

"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

BA Honors History from University of Delhi (2011-14) MA Social Work in Livelihood and Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (2014-16)

Funding institutions

Right Livelihood College / German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Thesis title

Urban Citizenship: An Ethnographic Study of Everyday Practices, Resistance and Negotiations in the slum communities of Mumbai

Thesis abstract

Silenced in waste-to-energy project for the decontaminated city, waste pickers could enrol themselves in tackling issues with the open landfills. With their houses near dumping ground bulldozed for the world-class city, waste pickers & other residents protested to re-build their localities. Sanjay Nagar II (near to the Deonar dumping ground) is about place making taken up by the people, who are officially categorised to evict the city, yet self-plans its unplanned settlements. Overall, the thesis brings out how different imageries of Mumbai interact with each other and how an alternative imagery is created?


Keywords: Urbanisation, Informal Housing, Actor Network Theory, Act of Citizenship and Sense of Place


Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Eva Youkhana

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Irit Eguavoen

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Amit Kumar

Junior Researcher

Cultural and Political Change


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