Rishi Jha is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University. He holds a multidisciplinary academic background with Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s University, and Master’s in Social Work with specialization in Community Organization and Development Practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India. Before his doctoral work, he engaged with diverse state and civil society institutions in the fields of urban and rural poverty alleviation in the Indian states of Bihar, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttarakhand.
His doctoral project examines how urban poor interface the state-controlled, market-facilitated and civil society-mediated displacement, resettlement and rehabilitation projects in India’s biggest megacity-Mumbai. Through a multisite ethnographic study of the resettlement colonies spread in different administrative wards in Mumbai, Rishi’s work explores the transforming state-subaltern relations through urban redevelopment, engendered subjectivities in resettlement and rehabilitation processes, and everyday experiences of dwelling and aspects of governance in resettlement colonies.
As a SASNET affiliated researcher, Rishi plans to publish articles within SASNET’s outlets as well as organize and participate in academic events focused on South Asia, with a focus on India, especially on the themes of urban studies, community development, rights and citizenship, social policy, state and civil society, and resistance and movements.