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“Malgudi is where we all belong, and where we wish we lived” (R.K. Narayan)
Dr. Rémi de Bercegol is a CNRS research fellow at PRODIG (UMR 8586, Paris). He has a doctorate in urban planning from LATTS (research group on technology, territories and societies) at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Université Paris Est, France.
He ha been collaborating with CSH since 2008, when he worked as Scientific Secretary for two years and was a visiting PhD candidate. During this time, he worked on his book ‘Small towns and decentralisation in India’ (Springer, 2017). From November 2012 to July 2014, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at CSH within the framework of the SUBURBIN ANR programme, a research project focusing on small Indian towns (collective book ‘Subaltern Urbanisation in India: An Introduction to the Dynamics of Ordinary Towns’ published by Springer in 2017). In parallel, he was in charge of a survey on Delhi”s wastewater/sanitation management with another research ANR project, SYRACUSE, which aims at examining the most promising technological innovations in the field of urban utilities. From November 2014 to June 2017, he was also a member of the project ORVA2D (funded by the French Bank Agency for Development) which compares waste management innovations in 6 different countries in the global South.
His current research focuses on socio-technical transition of basic urban services in India (especially through the analysis of waste management services) as well as in East Africa (where he has undertaken surveys on urban energy).
Selected recent publications in English:
- De Bercegol, R., Dasgupta, S., Henry, O., O ’Neill, B., Poupeau, F., et al.. (2016) Water Regimes Questioned from the ‘Global South’ : Agents, Practices And Knowledge: Proceedings of Conference held on January 15-17, 2016 at New Delhi. https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01348563
- De Bercegol, R. Gowda S., “Development on the urban fringe: the prosperity of Kartarpur, of Small cluster-town in the Punjab in Subaltern Urbanization in India“. An introduction to ordinary towns’ dynamics Springer , collection Exploring Urban Change in South Asia , 2017. http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9788132236146#aboutAuthors
- De Bercegol, R. Gowda S., “Access to water between urban inequalities and technical constraints. The decentralization of supply in four Uttar Pradesh municipalities” Dominique Lorrain & Franck Poupeau (eds.) Water Regimes A Combinatory Approach, routledge, collection Earthscan 2016