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Dr Ayona Datta appointed as UCL Professor of Human Geography

International reputation in urban and feminist geography

Dr Ayona Datta appointed as UCL Professor of Human Geography

Dr Ayona Datta has been appointed as Professor of Human Geography in UCLGeography.

Dr Datta, who is currently Reader in Urban Futures at King’s College London, has an international reputation in urban and feminist geography. Her research encompasses postcolonial urbanism, smart cities, urban futures, and gender citizenship.

She is author of The Illegal City: Space, law and gender in a Delhi squatter settlement (2012), and co-editor of Translocal geographies: Spaces, places, connections (2011) and Mega-urbanization in the global South: Fast cities and new urban utopias of the postcolonial state (2017).

Ayona is a publicly engaged scholar and maintains a personal blog, 'The city inside out'. This summer, she was also awarded the Busk Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for her contributions to the understanding of smart cities through fieldwork.

Before her academic career, she practiced as an architect in Delhi and London.

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Ayona Datta (Source: KCL News)