Tripta Chandola

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
tchandola at iihs dot ac dot in

PhD, Queensland University of Technology, Australia;
B.A. (History), University of Delhi.


Tripta has a decade-long research experience in diverse urban contexts, methodological strategies and agendas. The approach defining her research is multidisciplinary, and she extensively draw upon historical, geographical, anthropological, ethnographic and sociological theoretical frameworks. One of her long-term, ongoing project is conducting ethnographic research in a slum-settlement in Delhi, the slums of Govindpuri, over the last 13 years. The focus of her research has been to highlight the realities of the everyday of slums of Govindpuri, as experienced, lived and articulated by its residents, across the various social, emotional, political, technological and infrastructural ecologies and tapestries that constitute its presence in the city. Her research agenda is informed by the intent to insert the voices of and from the margins into practice of writing the history, negotiating the present and imagining the future of the city. The politics of marginalisation at an everyday level in an urban setting is the key focus which has informed her research inquisitions. She has explored and continually highlighted through her publications, both of academic and non-academic nature, the manner in which the identified Other within the hegemonic, elitist discourses experience and negotiates with these politics.

At IIHS, she will be involved in conducting ethnographic research in areas of practices and knowledge production at the intersections of gender and health in lower-income areas, as well as involved in projects on urban spatialities and histories.