Dr Ashima Sood

Capital Citizens: Private Governance and Urban Infrastructure in the Industrial Township

Funding period: 20 March 2020 – 20 June 2020
Type of funding: International Fellowship

Dr. Ashima Sood is a researcher on urban development and governance issues. She is currently a Fellow at the Centre for Learning and Management Practice at the Indian School of Business.

Her research lies at the intersection of institutional economics and urban and development studies. It combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to examine the policy frameworks encouraging greenfield urban development and privatized forms of urban governance in India. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in publications such as Urban Studies, Cities, Journal of Institutional Economics, the Economic and Political Weekly, the India International Centre Quarterly, the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Urban and Regional Research and the World Social Science Report 2013, among other places. She also co-coordinated a 35-module postgraduate-level curriculum on Urban Transformations, as part of the Sociology subject for E-Pathshala, a national initiative of the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Sood has taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Hyderabad), the NALSAR University of Law and the Indian School of Business. As an editor at the Economic and Political Weekly, Sood was associated with the founding of the Review of Urban Affairs. She earned her PhD as a Sage Fellow at the Department of Economics, Cornell University.

As a USF International Fellow, Dr Sood will spend three months working with Associate Professor Nandini Gooptu at the Oxford Department for International Development, University of Oxford.

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