What I am working on at the moment
I currently work at LSE Cities, an international centre that carries out research, education and outreach activities in London and abroad. I am working on research on Government of India’s national urban policies. The aim of our research is to better understand how policies adjust to specific local conditions and priorities, the use of competitive bidding for distributing national grants, and how they are advancing the requirements for more collaborative and participatory urban development. In addition I am teaching the 'Cities by Design' masters course of LSE, and running a design laboratory at Central Saint Martins and continuing my own practice based research on sanitation and housing in India.
Why I wanted to join the Participatory City Global Advisory
A global problem is the exclusion of urban citizens and how to translate formal and substantive rights into individual and collective participatory capacities: how citizen can make a claim on the city and the institutions through which they operate. Addressing this is the pursuit of participatory city which aligns with my own interests.
A little bit about my background
I was recently part of the team that exhibited in the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, I have built sanitation and housing systems, done a PhD and taught and lectured around the world.