Naomi Hazarika is a PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently conducting fieldwork for her doctoral project in India funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Naomi’s doctoral project examines the policy of slum redevelopment called “In-Situ Slum Redevelopment and Rehabilitation on Public-Private Partnership Model 2019” implemented by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in the city of Delhi to study the historical and geographic contingencies that make it possible for private capital and the postcolonial state to push for projects that translate into the dispossession and displacement of historically marginalized communities in Indian cities. The study draws from feminist geography scholarship and anti-caste literature to center embodied approaches in order to examine the unequal lived experiences of slum redevelopment across intersections of caste and gender firmly rooted in the everyday, lived and bodily dimensions.

Broadly, her work engages with current debates in the field of urban geography, economic geography, and infrastructural studies rooted in critical perspectives from the Global South.

Apart from her doctoral work, her other research interests include studying the socio-spatial dimensions of infrastructural ‘fixes’ in the form of policy solutions aimed at mitigating climate change in Indian cities such as ‘Green-Blue’ Infrastructure and ‘Green’ development.

Hazarika, Naomi. 2023. “A Review of Literature on Slum Redevelopment Policies of India: Geographies of Dispossessions and Caste.” Geography Compass 17(6):e12690. doi: 10.1111/gec3.12690.

Hazarika, Naomi. 2020. “Slum Redevelopment as a ‘Real-Estate Frontier’: Insights from Delhi, India.” Regions. doi: 10.1080/13673882.2020.00001078.

Naomi Prachi Hazarika. 2020. “Spaces of Intermediation and Political Participation: A Study of Kusumpur Pahadi RedevelopmentCSH-IFP Working Papers, #16, Project 2019.

Hazarika, Naomi. 2020. “Mapping Aspirations and Pathways in Urban Marginalities: An Ethnographic Account of Youth in Sangam Vihar, New Delhi”, in Pradeep Kumar Choudhury (eds.), Educational Landscapes in India’s Changing Socio-Political Context, New Delhi: Routledge, 2020.

Hazarika, Naomi, Srinivasan, Nithya, Sharma, Tanya. 2016. “Mohalla Clinics : Will they address the health needs of Aam-Admi in Delhi?”, in Somnath Bandhopadhyay (eds.), Delhi Citizen’s Handbook 2016, New Delhi: Center for Civil Society, 2016.

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