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Mr Raktim Ray

Profile summary

  • Research Student
  • Research Student
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Development
  • raktim.ray

Professional biography

I joined DPP as a PhD student in 2016. I have completed Master of Planning (Housing) from CEPT University, India in 2011 and Master of Science (Geography) from Presidency College, India in 2009. Before joining DPP, I was working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Planning in School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. I have also taught for 2 years in School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada. Previously I have worked as a Research Assistant in CEPT University where I was looking at heritage based city development plan, a World Bank funded project. Nearly one year I have also worked in Development Alternatives as Executive Habitat Planning and Policy Researcher.  I was involved in projects related to climate change, participatory energy planning and affordable housing. 

Research interests

My research interest includes critical urban theory, spatial politics and political economy of cities. My current PhD work will investigate how in innovative ways marginalised groups use urban politics as a mechanism of resistance. Theoretically, I draw from Henri Lefebvre, Micheal Foucault, Partha Chatterjee and Ananya Roy's works.  I also have a particular research interest in qualitative research methods. 

PhD Supervisors: Prof. Theo Papaioannou; Prof. Parvati Raghuram, Dr. Philipp Horn

Teaching interests

Earlier I taught courses on Development Planning and Management, Urban Economics and Sociology, City and Metropolitan Planning. 

External collaborations

Associate Member: Institute of Town Planners India. 


From Smart Agriculture to Smart Economy: Case of Vijayawada City Region (2016-09-21)
Sridharan, N.; Ray, Raktim and Soni, Aparna
In: Vinod Kumar, T. M. ed. Smart Economy in Smart Cities:International Collaborative Research. Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements (pp. 579-597)
ISBN : 978-981-10-1610-3 | Publisher : Springer Singapore | Published : Singapore

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