Debapriya is currently a Research Associate on the 'Place-based innovation strategies and entrepreneurial ecosystems' project working on understanding the role and implications of Innovation Districts in city regions and beyond. She is also working on developing a methodological toolkit for reimagining urban public realms or the 'ground zone' for future cities.
Debapriya was previously a ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in SEED, University of Manchester. Her research focused on the role of 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.