Dr Debapriya Chakrabarti

ESRC Fellow

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Biography

Debapriya is a ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in SEED, University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the role in infrastructure in (trans)forming practices of idol-making in Kumartuli, an inner-city neighbourhood of Kolkata (India). Her research expertise is in informal practices, livelihoods, the human-infrastructure interface and sustainable urban transitions, focusing on marginalised communities in the Global South.

Before joining the University of Manchester, she was a Research Associate at Commonwealth Local Government Forum working with Cardiff University on understanding governance and livelihoods in South Asian borders.

Debapriya has completed a PhD in Architecture and Urban Studies at The University of Manchester investigating transformation of idol-crafting practices in Kolkata. She completed her master's degree in City Planning at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2015 with a Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India scholarship. Debapriya completed her Bachelor in Architecture from Biju Patnaik University of Technology, India in 2012.

Debapriya worked as an architect in a practice in Kolkata for a year before pursuing a master's degree. During her master's and beyond it, she was involved in projects under 'SandHI' (an initiative sponsored by the MHRD, Government of India) which is based on the cultural heritage of India. She worked as Research Assistant at the Department of Architecture at Hongik University, South Korea, where her work was focussed on urban regeneration. 

Keywords

  • network resilience, place identity and attachment, Local economic development, urban regeneration, urban transformations

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2021 - Doctor of Philosophy, THE PRACTICE OF IDOL-MAKING IN KUMARTULI: CULTURAL HERITAGE, SPATIAL TRANSFORMATION AND NEOLIBERAL GOVERNANCE IN KOLKATA, The University of Manchester (2016 - 2020)
  • Master of Planning, Strategies for geo tourism: Case of a coastal sub region in Kendrapara- Jajpur- Cuttack districts, Odisha, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (2013 - 2015)
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Restructuring of Mallick ghat Flower Market-development of flower market and revival of adjoining Ghats: a proposal, Biju Patnaik University of Technology (2007 - 2012)

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