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Dr. Kavita Ramakrishnan is Associate Professor 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 external grants (see below) and published in journals such as Antipode, CITY, Humanity, and Contemporary South Asia.
She is currently co-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 Priyadharshini and Farhana Ghaffar, University of East Anglia).
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 and Dr. Eszter Kovacs, University College London).
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 Development 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):
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
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Temporary migrants or new European citizens? Geographies of integration and response between ‘camps’ and the city
30/03/17 → 29/03/18
Peripheral humanitarianism: Ephemerality, experimentation and effects of refugee provisioning in ParisRamakrishnan, K. & Thieme, T., 17 Aug 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Krasznai Kovacs, E., Ramakrishnan, K. & Thieme, T., Oct 2022, In: Political Geography. 98, 102708.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Downloads (Pure)
Stavinoha, L. & Ramakrishnan, K., 17 Jun 2021, Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders . Gabrielsen, M. & Pascucci, E. (eds.). Routledge, p. 178-192 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Ramakrishnan, K., O'Reilly, K. & Budds, J., 1 Sep 2021, In: Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. 4, 3, p. 669-673 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Special issueOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)20 Downloads (Pure)
Ramakrishnan, K., O'Reilly, K. & Budds, J., 1 Sep 2021, In: Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. 4, 3, p. 674-695 22 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile10 Citations (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)