Dr Ayona Datta, Reader in Urban Futures (Department of Geography, King’s College London)
Dr Datta’s research interests are in postcolonial urbanism, gender citizenship, and urban futures. Her earlier research contributed theoretical and empirical insights on informal settlements by exploring how marginal citizens live through the violence of law and urban development in India. This was particularly related to the resultant transformations in gender power relations and citizenship struggles that occupy social, political and intimate spaces of action. Her current research seeks to advance theoretical and empirical insights into postcolonial urbanism through the investigation of smart cities as experiments in urban citizenships. She is author of ‘The Illegal City: Space, law and gender in a Delhi squatter settlement’ (Ashgate, 2012); co-editor of ‘Mega-Urbanisation in the Global South: Fast cities and new urban utopias of the postcolonial state’ (Routledge, 2017) and ‘Translocal Geographies: Spaces, places, connections’ (Routledge, 2011). She is currently editor of Dialogues in Human Geography and Urban Geography. She is also on the editorial boards of Antipode, Gender, Place and Culture, and Society and Space. Ayona blogs as The city inside out.
Dr Padmini Ray Murray, Faculty and Course Leader, Digital Humanities (Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore)
Padmini Ray Murray (PhD, Edinburgh) runs India’s first digital humanities Masters programme at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Her research encompasses feminism and feminist protest, cultural specificity and how it shapes design practices, creativity and technology, as well as games, comics and publishing studies. She was an Unbox Fellow in 2013, and served as a trustee on the board of the Wikimedia Foundation (UK) in 2014. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and volumes, and she is also currently the co-investigator on ‘Two Centuries of Indian Print’ (funded by the Newton Fund, UK).
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Arya Thomas, Doctoral Candidate (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Arya is currently finishing a PhD in Political Science in New Delhi, India. Having an interest in migration, women workers and sexuality, her work mostly focuses on trying to understand the emerging new sexual subjectivity of the working class women in the new industrial nodes in India.
Marta Koch, Master’s Student (Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, King’s College London)
Marta is currently studying for an MSc within the King’s College London Global Institutes focused on the BRICS states. Her research interests are gender studies, transition states, international development, and open-source software (OSS). She completed her first MSc at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has been an intern at the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Belarus Digest, a project of the Ostrogorski Centre think-tank, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, part of the Institute of Global Affairs at the LSE, and was Communications Manager for Young Peacebuilders international PVE/peacebuilding consultancy. She is also a Facilitator for the LSE European Institute-based Generation Brexit project, Mapper for the Missing Maps Project Team London and has volunteered for UN-Habitat as part of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.