Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Jamie McPike

PhD Candidate in Sociology
Summer Fellow 2013


My research is motivated primarily by two questions: 1) How and in what ways is state power at the sub-national and city level being (re)constituted in Indian cities under the National Urban Renewal Mission policy?; and 2) How and in what ways do various actors negotiate and struggle over the power to determine an urban future? To answer these questions, I intend to interview members of the sub-national and city level government, as well as members of civil society and para-statal organizations currently working on the NURM policy in Bangalore, India. This research has important implications for contemporary theories of urban governance in India, and, broadly speaking, for theories of the changing nature of urban governance under conditions of contemporary global neoliberalism.