Kavita Ramakrishnan


  • 1.63 Arts

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am happy to supervise PhD students who are interested in the following areas: Experiences of urban marginality Everyday negotiations of infrastructure and citizenship Geographies of eviction and resettlement

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Key Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Kavita Ramakrishnan is Lecturer in Geography and International Development at the University of East Anglia. She is an urban geographer who specializes in experiences of belonging, informality, and everyday life on the margins.

Her research to date focuses on two strands: the lived experiences of eviction and resettlement in India and refugee provisioning and care in European cities. She is interested in collective methodologies as a mode to disrupt traditional/colonial forms of knowledge production. Her work has been funded by the British Academy and published in journals such as AntipodeCITYHumanity, and Contemporary South Asia.

She is currently writing on grassroots volunteers and ethical encounters with refugees along Europe's racialized and violent borders and the infrastructures of solidarity that have emerged.

Current grants:  'Time, space, belonging and mental health: participatory explorations of Black and minority ethnic doctoral student experiences' (funded by the Student Mental Health Research Network (SMaRteN). in collaboration with Dr. Esther Priyadarshini and Farhana Ghaffar).

Recently finished grants: 'Temporary migrants or new European citizens? Geographies of intergration and response between 'camps' and the city' (British Academy funded project in collaboration with Dr. Tatiana Thieme, University College London and Dr. Eszter Kovacs, University of Cambridge).

Her doctoral research on lived experiences of resettlement in peri-urban Delhi continues to shape her interests in housing justice. 


Kavita Ramakrishnan is a geographer interested in the politics, livelihoods and subaltern practices on the urban margins.

She joined UEA's School of International Development in September 2015. She holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge as well as a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California. Both her MPhil and PhD studies were funded by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Prior to her appointment at UEA, Kavita worked with the Cambridge-based start-up, Africa's Voices, where she managed an interactive radio program for UNICEF-Somalia and evaluated youth conversation change for a Nairobi-based social marketing agency.




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge


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