Professor Loraine Kennedy (Chair)

Trustee tenure: 2018-Present

Current Chair of the USF Trustees
Centre d’études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS)
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
54 Boulevard Raspail
75006 Paris
France | Profile at EHESS

Profile of Professor Loraine Kennedy
Profile of Professor Loraine Kennedy

Professor Loraine Kennedy is a CNRS Research Director at the Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Her research is situated at the intersection of political economy and urban studies, and focuses on state restructuring, economic and urban development policies and the politics of metropolitan governance in India. Journal publications have appeared in Regional Studies, Territory Politics, Governance and Cities. Her most recent book is a co-edited volume India’s Greenfield Urban Future (Orient Blackswan, 2023). 

Kennedy served as a member of the steering and hiring committee of the French Scientific Research Council (CoNRS) for the division covering urban studies, architecture and human geography (2012-16). From 2015-2018 she participated in the CNRS Task Force commissioned to reflect on current trends of urban studies and identify a strategic direction for supporting future research. It resulted in an edited volume, Pour la recherche urbaine, CNRS Editions, 2020.  

She currently serves as Publications Director of the online journal SAMAJ (South Asian Multi-disciplinary Academic Journal) and is a member of the editorial boards of Métropoles, Journal of Urban Affairs and Journal of Contemporary Asia.