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Dr Srilata Sircar
Dr Srilata Sircar

Dr Srilata Sircar

Lecturer in India and Global Affairs

Research interests

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Politics

Biography

Dr Srilata Sircar is Lecturer in India and Global Affairs at the King's India Institute.

She is module leader for the Introduction to Global Affairs and Contemporary India modules. Trained as an urban geographer, Srilata received her doctoral degree from Lund University, Sweden in 2017. With a prior background in History and Development Studies, her research interests include urban political ecology of South Asia, the politics of caste in infrastructure-building, and the political economy of subaltern urbanization. Srilata is a contributing writer for Feminism in India. She is also interested in documentary film-making and podcast production.

Research

Dr Sircar's current research focuses on the knowledge politics and caste dimensions of urban infrastructure building in South Asia. With a focus on smaller urban centres, she adopts both archival and ethnographic methods to expose and dismantle the ways in which dominant knowledge regimes shape urban planning and development. She assumes an intersectional-feminist and postcolonial analytical stance. 

  • Postcolonial Urbanism
  • Urban Political Ecology
  • Critical Studies of Caste
  • Feminist Geography
  • Contemporary South Asia

Dr Sircar invites PhD students interested in the following themes: historical and contemporary urban issues in South Asia, gender and caste politics, urban infrastructure and political ecology.

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • 7YYISGA1: Introduction to Global Affairs
  • 7YYI0002: Contemporary India: State, Society and Economy since 1947

Further details

See Srilata's research profile

Research

Gender Studies logo
Gender Studies at King's

Bringing together like-minded scholars and students from across King's to examine the influence of gender relations..

Urbanisation
Urbanisation, Rural Development and Social Transformations research group

A research group examining urban-rural development and its effect on the developing world.

Mozambique Indian Ocean
Cities, Climate and Capital in the Greater Indian Ocean World

A research group examining cities, climate, and capital in the Greater Indian Ocean world.

twitter - data driven tracking research profile logo
Social Media Networks and (Dis)information research group

We analyse social media discourse in the Global South through collection and analysis of large-scale data pertaining to digital social networks and their impact.

News

A New Chapter: six months of artist-researcher collaborations

King’s College London researchers and Somerset House Studios artists have been exploring new perspectives on contemporary culture and society through creative...

Image of a board game with squares, lines, orange puns, cards and dice

A New Chapter: Six artist-researcher teams receive funding for their projects

The selected projects, as part of the King’s College London and Somerset House Studios collaboration, foster new perspectives and understanding of...

Collage of images of sea, sky and rays of light creating a futuristic landscape

Events

07MarImran Khan PTI

Book talk: The struggle for hegemony in Pakistan: fear, desire and revolutionary horizons

This talk delves into the recently held elections in Pakistan.

19JanIndia Munnar tea plantation

COVID-19 through a critical agrarian studies lens

Professor Haroon Akram-Lodhi discusses his new co-edited book Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies, and points to lessons from critical agrarian studies for...

Please note: this event has passed.

10MarConfronting caste logo

Confronting Caste: Panel Discussion on Anti-Caste and Anti-Racist Politics in Contemporary Times

This panel will take a closer look at aspects of anti-caste and anti-racist politics in contemporary times

Please note: this event has passed.

Features

...Ask How Caste and Gender Shape Society

A book she read as a teenager set Dr Srilata Sircar on the path to becoming a critical geographer. In this video, she talks about her early field experiences...

The World Made Me global affairs

Cities under climate crisis: Insights on urban sanitation in India and COP26 promises

Dr Srilata Sircar, Lecturer in India and Global Affairs, examines the India's response to climate change at COP26.

sanitation workers protest in India, credit Hindustan Times

Research

Gender Studies logo
Gender Studies at King's

Bringing together like-minded scholars and students from across King's to examine the influence of gender relations..

Urbanisation
Urbanisation, Rural Development and Social Transformations research group

A research group examining urban-rural development and its effect on the developing world.

Mozambique Indian Ocean
Cities, Climate and Capital in the Greater Indian Ocean World

A research group examining cities, climate, and capital in the Greater Indian Ocean world.

twitter - data driven tracking research profile logo
Social Media Networks and (Dis)information research group

We analyse social media discourse in the Global South through collection and analysis of large-scale data pertaining to digital social networks and their impact.

News

A New Chapter: six months of artist-researcher collaborations

King’s College London researchers and Somerset House Studios artists have been exploring new perspectives on contemporary culture and society through creative...

Image of a board game with squares, lines, orange puns, cards and dice

A New Chapter: Six artist-researcher teams receive funding for their projects

The selected projects, as part of the King’s College London and Somerset House Studios collaboration, foster new perspectives and understanding of...

Collage of images of sea, sky and rays of light creating a futuristic landscape

Events

07MarImran Khan PTI

Book talk: The struggle for hegemony in Pakistan: fear, desire and revolutionary horizons

This talk delves into the recently held elections in Pakistan.

19JanIndia Munnar tea plantation

COVID-19 through a critical agrarian studies lens

Professor Haroon Akram-Lodhi discusses his new co-edited book Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies, and points to lessons from critical agrarian studies for...

Please note: this event has passed.

10MarConfronting caste logo

Confronting Caste: Panel Discussion on Anti-Caste and Anti-Racist Politics in Contemporary Times

This panel will take a closer look at aspects of anti-caste and anti-racist politics in contemporary times

Please note: this event has passed.

Features

...Ask How Caste and Gender Shape Society

A book she read as a teenager set Dr Srilata Sircar on the path to becoming a critical geographer. In this video, she talks about her early field experiences...

The World Made Me global affairs

Cities under climate crisis: Insights on urban sanitation in India and COP26 promises

Dr Srilata Sircar, Lecturer in India and Global Affairs, examines the India's response to climate change at COP26.

sanitation workers protest in India, credit Hindustan Times