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Ratoola Kundu


Dr. Ratoola Kundu, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Habitat Studies, TISS Mumbai. She  teaches Sustainable Urban Tansportation Policies and Planning, Habitat Planning Theory and Practice, Planning the Indian City and Research Design in the Masters Program in Urban Policy and Governance. Her current  research interests include examining the practices and politics of urban planning  and exploring urban informality as a mode of producing urban areas.She has a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois Chicago. Her doctoral dissertation work investigated the socio-spatial contestations around the production of urban peripheries through a case study of Rajarhat periurban area on the oustkirts of Kolkata.

Selected publications: 

Ratoola Kundu and Geetanjoy Sahu, “Selective Inclusions and Exclusions: Land use planning and development in Ratnagiri”, Review of Urban Affairs, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol - XLIX No. 48, November 29, 2014,

Gaffikin, F. Perry, P. and Kundu, R. “The City and its Politics: Informal and Contested” in D.

Judd and Dick Simpson edited “The City Revisited: Critical Perspectives from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York , Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011

Wang, L. Kundu, R. and Chen, X. “Building for what and whom? New town development as planned suburbanization in China and India”, Research in Urban Sociology, Vol 10, Suburbanization in Global Society, December 2010.