Research Group: Education and the Urban in India since the 19th Century

The research group examines the relation between education and the many aspects of the urban as a category, including for example urbanisation, societal change and urban culture, in a society that has undergone rapid and complex processes of urbanisation in the seven decades since independence from colonial rule in 1947. A special focus of the group is on marginalisation and its relationship with education and the urban. The project takes a multi-sited approach to understanding the way in which marginalisation in education is configured in the urban space. The core group consists of four principal investigators who investigate specific aspects of education in four different cities of India (Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata), along with postdoctoral researchers and a network of scholars working on the theme in both larger and smaller urban centres. External scholars are invited to take part in conferences and workshops and contribute to the working papers on the theme.

Projects:

Public Education in an Industrial City: Bombay, 1900-1945

Nandini Manjrekar, Project Partner and Principal Investigator. Professor, School of Education, TISS Mumbai

The Changing Urban, Educational Aspirations and Opportunities: Perspectives from the Margins of Delhi City

Geetha B. Nambissan, Project Partner and Principal Investigator. Professor, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Ethnicity, Aspirations and Education: A Study of Young Women from the North-East Region Residing in an Urban Village in Delhi

Geetha B. Nambissan, Project Partner and Principal Investigator. Professor, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Yamini Agarwal, Junior Research Associate, MWS IBO

Urban Dislocations and Educational Strategies: Metro Rehabilitation Colony, Bengaluru

Shivali Tukdeo, Project Partner and Principal Investigator. Associate Professor, NIAS Bengaluru

Past Projects

Schools, Colleges and the Creation of a Suburb: An Education History of Nineteenth Century Uttarpara, c.1846-1887

Akash Bhattacharya, Senior Lecturer, Azim Premji University (formerly Junior Research Associate, MWS IBO)

Inner City Schools and the Education of Poor Muslim and Catholic Children in Colonial and Postcolonial Kolkata, 1872-1990s

Indra Sengupta, Head of Office/ Research Fellow, GHIL