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Research Group: Education and the Urban


2-3 year research project funded initially by the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office/German Historical Institute London. The possibility of a further extension of up to two years will be discussed, subject to the availability of funding.


A research group on the topic started in late 2017. The group aims to examine the relation between education and the urban in a society that has undergone rapid and complex processes of urbanisation in the seven decades since independence from colonial rule in 1947. A special focus of the group is on marginalisation and its relationship with education and the urban. The project takes a multi-sited approach to understanding the way in which marginalisation in education is configured in the urban space. The core group consists of four principal investigators who investigate specific aspects of education in four different cities of India (Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata); postdoctoral researchers and a network of scholars working on the theme in both larger and smaller urban centres. Contributions from external scholars take the form of participation in conferences and workshops of the Research Group and a set working papers on the theme.

The Research Group will initially be funded by the India Research Programme of the Max Weber Stiftung, with some participatory, proportionate funding for events in India by project partners in India.

The Changing Urban, Educational aspirations and Opportunities: Perspectives from the Margins of Delhi City

Ethnicity, Aspirations and Education: A Study of Young Women from the North-East Region residing in an urban village in Delhi

Discourses of public education in an industrial city: Bombay, 1900-1945

Inner city schools and the education of poor Muslim and Catholic children in colonial and postcolonial Kolkata

Urban Dislocations and Educational Strategies: Metro Rehabilitation Colony, Bengaluru

Project Partners

Geetha B. Nambissan (Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, JNU Dehli)

Nandini Manjrekar (Tata Institute of Social Science Mumbai)

Shivali Tukdeo (National of Advanced Studies Bangalore)

Indra Sengupta (German Historical Institute/Max Weber Stiftung – India Research Programme)