Dr. Sneha Sharma

Research Assistant

Research Areas

  • Urban Development
  • Waste
  • Sanitation
  • Housing
  • Sustainability
  • Smart cities
  • Infrastructures
  • Gender

Research Projects

PhD DAAD fellow (2015- 2020) 
Center for Development Research (ZEF, University of Bonn), Germany
Thesis Title: Politics of Waste: Contestations, Practices and Geographies of Exclusion at a dumping site in Mumbai
Post-doctoral Researcher for Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany
Project title: Urban villages by the airport. Everyday entanglements of social-economic extremes and negotiations in anticipation of development-induced displacement in Mumbai and Abidjan.


  • Introduction to Qualitative Research (Bachelors level) 2020/21
  • Cities of the Global South: Urban politics and Marginality (Masters level) 2020/21


Sharma S. (2022) Waste(d) Collectors: Politics of Urban Exclusion in Mumbai. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-8376-5824-8

Sharma S. and Parthasarathy D. (2018) Urban Ecologies in Transition: Contestations around Waste in Mumbai. In: Mukherjee J. (eds) Sustainable Urbanization in India. Exploring Urban Change in South Asia. Springer, Singapore, Doi 10.1007/978-981-10-4932-3

Eguavoen I. and Sharma S. (eds. upcoming) ‘Contested airports. Case studies on social and environmental justice from Asia and Africa’ (co-edited book volume)

Conference Presentations and talks (selected)

Paper presentation titled ‘Waiting for take-off: Informal settlers and housing struggles on airport land’ at Royal Geographical Society, Newcastle from 30 August-2 September, 2022

Paper presentation titled ‘Aspirations of displacement: Narratives from Navi Mumbai’s airport villages’ at V RN37 Midterm Conference, Berlin from 5-7 October, 2022

Paper presentation (virtual participation) titled ‘Wasted peripheries and uncertain futures: stories’ at American Association of Geographers Annual Conference from Mumbai’ from 7-11 April, 2021

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