Friday, February 25, 2022
10:00am - 11:30am EST/ 8:30pm-10:00pm IST
Karen Coelho is an Associate Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) based in Chennai, India. She is an anthropologist with a Ph.D from the University of Arizona at Tucson in 2004. She has researched the city of Chennai for nearly twenty years, focusing on ethnographic and critical examinations of urban infrastructure (including water and housing), informal settlements and resettlement schemes, and the eco-restoration of rivers, canals and tanks. She is a co-editor of the book Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India, (2013, Routledge India), and has numerous published articles on the above themes. She serves on the editorial advisory board of the Review of Urban Affairs of the Economic and Political Weekly of India, and is an editor with Urban Studies Journal. She is a member of the drafting committee for the Housing and Habitat Policy, and the Housing Advisory Committee for the Government of Tamil Nadu.