Dr Raktim Ray
Development Planning Unit
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 22nd Jun 2020
- Urban resistance and informal politics
- Ethnography of state
- Decolonial methods and visual ethnography
- Politics of technology and cyborg urbanism
- Postdevelopment politics and political society
2020- Current: Lecturer (Teaching), Co- Programme Leader, MSc Development Administration and Planning; Development Planning Unit, UCL, UK
2016: Assistant Professor, Department of Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India
2013-2015: Assistant Professor, Department of Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, India
Currently, I lead the core module 'Development in Practice' (30 credits) for MSc Development Administration and Planning programme. The module examines how development industry operates in the postcolonial context and what are roles for different actors in the process. Geographically, the module at present focuses on Kampala, Uganda and explores how the "development" is practised there.
Additionally, I am also engaged in the module ' Critical Ideas of Development: Conceptions and Realities' (30 credits). This module explores the contested nature of development through critically examining various theories of development.
Earlier, I taught modules on Urban Sociology, Development Planning, Politics and Planning, Planning Techniques etc for Bachelor and Postgraduate courses in Urban Planning.
I am currently a Co- Programme Leader for the MSc Programme in Development Administration and Planning. I have an academic background in Geography, Urban Planning and International Development. Prior to my doctoral studies, I was involved both as an academic and a practitioner in India. I have professional experience working in various forms of institutions from private companies to civil society organisations. I consider each of these experiences as learning opportunities and enabled me to analyse urban and developmentalism from various vantage points.
My training includes:
PhD in International Development, "Spatial Adhocism as Practice for Conflict Politics: Theorising Urban Politics in Kolkata"; The Open University, UK; 2020
Master of Planning (Housing); CEPT University, India; 2011
Master of Science (Geography); University of Calcutta; 2009
Bachelor of Science (Hons. Geography); University of Calcutta; 2007