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Niranjana Ramesh

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PhD Candidate in Human Geography

Project Title: Techno-politics of urban water: the case of desalination in London & Chennai

Funded by: UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources Impact Scholarship

email: niranjana.ramesh.12@ucl.ac.uk

Current Research

Working title: Techno-politics of urban water: the case of desalination in London & Chennai

When seawater desalination plants were opened in two cities on either sides of the global north-south divide - London, UK and Chennai, India – to feed into networked urban water supply, they sparked debates on the sustainability of urban water, albeit in very different ways. An apparent global consensus on normative ideals of sustainability was challenged by local political resistance or support for desalination. My research uses a comparative lens to look at the institutional processes of urban politics through which a discourse of technology and sustainability emerged in these two cities.

Education

2012-13: MSc Urban Studies, UCL

Dissertation - ‘A Tank Half Full: Water in the Socio-Ecological Imagination of Chennai’

2007-08: Post-graduate Diploma in Journalism, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai

2002-07: Bachelor of Technology, National Institute of Technology, Calicut

Papers presented

A Tank Half Full: Water in the Socio-Ecological Imagination of Chennai at the ‘Social Water’ Conference conducted by the White Rose Hydropolitics Network at the University of York in October 2013

Techno-politics of urban water for a globalised sustainability at the Stadtkolloquium Annual Workshop April 2014, University College London

Techno-politics of urban water: the case of desalination in London & Chennai at the UCL Geography Department Seminar Series in June 2014

Churning the Ocean, Sustainably at workshop on 'Epistemologies of Water in Asia' conducted by the Cluster of Excellence Asia & Europe in a Global Context, University of Heidelberg, Germany in December 2014

Local Waterscapes and Global Technologies: Micro-politics of Sustainability in Chennai at the workshop on 'South Asia Cityscapes: Social, economic and cultural transformations' conducted by the South Asia Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in June 2015

Other work

2008-12: Worked as a journalist, writing on urban politics and culture in Chennai and Bangalore, India

Sample articles

- ‘Whose neighbourhood is it anyway?’, The Hindu, 4 July 2012

- ‘Chennai tries to fix its water woes’, Livemint, 16 Sept 2010