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Patrick Heller

Watson Professors Receive Ford Foundation Grant

February 21, 2020

In February 2020, Patrick Heller and Ashutosh Varshney received a grant of $200,00 from the Ford Foundation for their ongoing project on Citizenship and Urban Governance in India. The grant will allow them to do research in several Indian cities. 


So far from smart: Missing from India’s Smart Cities plan — citizen participation (written by Ashutosh Varshney and Patrick Heller)

December 8, 2015 The Times of India

Ashutosh Varshney and Patrick Heller discuss Modi's newly announced urban plan entitled Smart Cities in the India Times, "Perhaps the most telling evidence of the importance of participation comes from the experience of the poor and less educated in Bangalore. We found that although participation rates overall are low, the poor who do participate get a better quality of life in terms of access to basic infrastructure and services than those who do not participate."


Patrick Heller, advisor on the 2013-14 India Exclusion Report, discusses the recently released report

April 29, 2015

According to Patrick Heller, professor of sociology and international affairs and an adviser on the recently released India Exclusion Report 2013-14, "This report is a path-breaking effort to provide reliable and systematic data and analysis on patterns of social exclusion in India. By exposing the ways in which policies across areas as diverse as education, health, employment and urban planning are failing to include the most marginalized and the most vulnerable, the report can serve as a vital resource for policy and opinion-makers alike."


Heller Comments on Delhi Protests

February 6, 2013

Writing in the Indian Express, Patrick Heller explains the complex social dynamics revealed by the popular protest that has filled Delhi since the gangrape and murder of a young woman in December. He cautions that it's too soon to measure the results of more than a month of street demonstrations and public outcry. "The movement has already succeeded in starting a public conversation, the first step towards changing gender norms," writes Heller. "Whether or not it can translate this discursive moment into institutional change will of course depend on how parties and the state respond."