Professor Loraine Kennedy

Trustee tenure: 2018-Present

Centre d’études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS)
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
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75006 Paris
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Prof 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 focuses on contemporary India and engages with three main areas: state spatial rescaling, the politics of urban development and metropolitan governance. Her work on urban India has increasingly been comparative (Brazil, China, Peru, South Africa), most notably in the EU FP7 project “Chance2Sustain”. Recent publications include a monograph The Politics of Economic Restructuring in India: economic governance and state spatial rescaling (Routledge 2014), the coordination of a special issue of Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (2017) on “State Restructuring and Emerging Patterns of Subnational Policy-Making and Governance in China and India”, several book chapters, and two co-authored articles in Territory, Politics, Governance (2018, 2020) and one in Cities (2019). An edited volume is forthcoming: India’s Greenfield Future. The Politics of Land, Planning and Infrastructure (Orient Blackswan, India).

Kennedy served as a member of the steering and hiring committee of the French Scientific Research Council (CNRS) for the section covering urban studies, architecture and human geography (2012-16). In 2015 she was invited to take part in the CNRS Task Force on Urban Research, a 19-member committee whose mission is to reflect on current trends and identify a strategic direction for future urban research.

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