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Malini Ranganathan

Malini Ranganathan

Dr Ranganathan is a critical geographer and political ecologist with a broad interest in urban environmental and social justice in both the South and North. Much of her research focuses on water, flooding, and land in the city of Bangalore/Bengaluru, India. She uses ethnographic and archival research to show how historical housing inequalities, widespread informality, and new patterns of development aid and investment have fueled citizen mobilizations around water/stormwater infrastructures, land tenure, and the commons. Recently, she was awarded a 2017-2019 American Council of Learned Societies-Andrew W. Mellon Foundation humanities grant Corruption Plots, Imagined Publics: The Ethics of Space in the Millennial City to study the stories and imaginaries surrounding real estate “corruption”, wet/land grabs, and widening social and environmental inequality in global cities. Dr Ranganathan also investigates urban inequality in America. To that end, she is researching racism in the built environment and prospects for radical climate justice in Washington, DC. She writes on US urban and environmental justice through a historical, intesectional, feminist, decolonial, and anti-racist lens. In her research and teaching, she draws on history, critical urban studies, postcolonial/decolonial theory, critical race theory, and science and technology studies.

Her research is published in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Capitalism Nature Socialism, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Geography, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, and Water Alternatives among other journals.

Her writing also appears on academic blogs such as Society and Space and Black Perspectives, and in numerous edited books. Previously, Dr Ranganathan was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has had research positions at TERI in New Delhi, ENDA-Tiers Monde in Dakar, and the Asian Development Bank in Manila.

At SIS, Dr Ranganathan teaches SISU 250 (Environmental Sustainability and Global Health), SISU 349 (Global Cities, Justice, and the Environment), and SIS 620 (Urban Political Ecology).

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