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BA Anthropology and Law – London School of Economics
MSc Social Research Methods (Anthropology) – University of Sussex
DPhil in Social Anthropology – University of Sussex
'Making Delhi Like Paris: Space and the Politics of Development in an East Delhi Resettlement Colony' (2010) funded by an ESRC ‘1+3’ studentship.
Cressida’s doctoral research explores the spatial dimensions of the politics of development in urbanising South Asia through the lived experiences and spatial practices of residents of a low-income neighbourhood in Delhi. Tracing the dominant representations of the neighbourhood as a site in need of development, it shows how these representations, residents and the space itself are negotiated and worked on by other residents and actors in the locale, to access welfare services and networks of state-society relations. This work contributes to research on the social and political context of NGOs as development actors, and on urban poverty and social change in urban neighbourhoods contemporary South Asia.
She has also conducted research on similar themes in the UK, on the 'unmet needs' of young people in Bedford and Newham (East London) with the Young Foundation as part of their 'Mapping Emerging and Unmet Needs in the UK' project.
Building on her doctoral research, she is now developing new research to examine the politics of water and the production of inclusions and exclusions from Delhi’s water distribution system, against a backdrop of increased urbanisation and climate change. Tracing water distribution networks through the hands of different actors in the city, it seeks to provide an insight into changing understandings of citizenship, state-society relations and the environment, in the context of South Asia’s burgeoning cities and climate change.
- Research Skills for Social Anthropology (UG)
- Theory, Ethnography and Professional Practice (PG) with Allen Abramson
- Everyday Life in Contemporary South Asian Cities (PG, 2011)
- Contributions to HERG and AED.
- 2012. "A place in the city: Narratives of 'emplacement' in a Delhi resettlement neighbourhood" Ethnography. 13 (1): 87-101
- 2007. “Frontier Town: Marking Boundaries and Negotiating Social Relationships in a Delhi Resettlement Colony 30 years on.” In Sarai Reader 07: The Frontier, edited by M. Narula et al. Delhi: Sarai: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.
- Book Review: 2008. Marie Larsson. ‘When Women Unite!’The Making of the Anti-Liquor Movement in Andhra Pradesh, India. (2006)Stockholm: University of Stockholm Press. In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 14: 698–699.
Civil Relations? Ethnographies of the Social Life of Civil Society. 8th July 2011