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Dr Pushpa Arabindoo


Pushpa Arabindoo is Co-Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in Geography and Urban Design at the UCL Department of Geography.

Dr Arabindoo is a specialist in the fields of urbanization, public space and political activism in India, and is also a practising designer in the UK. Her research focus is on the emerging aspects of urbanisation and development issues in South Asian cities amidst the concerns of neoliberalisation and globalisation. She is currently working on the changing nature of the urban environmental discourse in India following recent natural disasters including the 2004 tsunami and the 2005 floods.

Pushpa initially trained as an architect in India (1989-94) and as an urban designer at Pratt Institute, New York (1994-96). She worked in the urban design and planning sector for several years in New York and London before enrolling for a part-time PhD in Planning (2002-2008) at the Department of Geography, London School of Economics. Between 2008 and 2011, she was a lecturer at the UCL Urban Laboratory, holding a joint position between the Department of Geography and Development Planning Unit, the Bartlett. Since 2011, she is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Geography, UCL, and a co-director of the UCL Urban Laboratory.

  • Pushpa is currently a EURIAS Fellow at the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies until June 2019

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