Lisa Bjorkman is a doctoral candidate at the New School for Social Research. She met with us last week to discuss our upcoming trip and to pass on some advice as a fellow academic who has studied India closely.
The meeting was highly informative and she gave us some new ways to look at issues surrounding slum redevelopment. We discussed the fact that in academic papers there is a lack of focus on the politics behind slum redevelopment and resident rights, and we are excited to see how this will play out in our interviews and meetings.
She suggested a number of organizations that we had heard of but hadn’t previously considered meeting with, such as: The Tata Institute for Social Research and the National Alliance of People’s Movements. We are interested in these organizations because they will add a diverse perspective to our discourse.
Lisa will coincidentally also be in Mumbai in January, and we’re excited to see her there!