Véronique DUPONT

Véronique DUPONT

Véronique Dupont is a senior research fellow in urban demography at the Research Institute for Sustainable Development (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement – IRD), France, attached to the CESSMA research unit – the Centre for Social Sciences Studies on Africa, America and Asia – in Paris.  She holds a PhD in Economic Analysis and Policy, with a specialization in Economic Demography (1985, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris). She was the joint director of CESSMA from 2014 to 2018, and the director of CSH – the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities of New Delhi –from 2003 to 2007. She is also an associated member of the Centre for South Asian and Himalayan Studies (CESAH) in Paris, and had been a senior visiting fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi.

Her research deals with urban transformations at the interface between the inhabitants’ practices and public action, in order to contribute to a better understanding of the socio-spatial dynamics of large Indian metropolises.  Her recent investigations have focused on informal settlements and the urban policies targeting them, along with a broader reflection on subaltern urbanism and inclusive cities. In addition to a series of articles and book chapters on these issues, she published a collective volume on The Politics of Slums in the Global South (co-edited with D. Jordius-Lier, C. Sutherland and E. Braathen), and she is currently preparing a book with Shankare Gowda on Delhi and the challenges of sustainable habitat for all.


Dupont, Véronique and  Shankare Gowda. 2022. “Covid-19 responses of displaced slum dwellers in Delhi. Who to trust and to rely on in times of sanitary and economic crisis?”. Pp. 77-98 in Covid-19 Responses of Local Communities around the World: Exploring Trust in the Context of Risks and Fear, eds K.E. Kuah, G. Guilheux, F. Lim, London & New-York: Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003291220-5/covid-19-responses-displaced-slum-dwellers-delhi-v%C3%A9ronique-dupont-shankare-gowda

Dupont, Véronique and S. Gowda. 2021. “Slum redevelopment, differentiated resettlement, and transit camp. The Kathputli Colony rehabilitation project in Delhi”. Pp 25-45 in Urban Resettlements in the Global South, eds R. Beier, A. Spire, M. Bridonneau, London & New York: Routledge.  https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003124559-2/slum-re-development-differentiated-resettlement-transit-camp-v%C3%A9ronique-dupont-shankare-gowda

Dupont, Véronique and S. Gowda. 2020.  “Slum-free city planning versus durable slums. Insights from Delhi”. International Journal of Sustainable Urban Development, 12(1), pp. 34-51. https://doi.org/10.1080/19463138.2019.1666850

Dupont, Véronique and R. Dhanalakshmi. 2020. “Living on the margins of the legal city in the southern periphery of Chennai, India. A case of cumulative marginalities”. Pp. 176-194 in Living in the margins of mainland China, Hong Kong and India, eds Wing-chung Ho,  F. Padovani, London & New York: Routledge.

Denis, Eric & V. Dupont. 2019. « Identifier et dénombrer les slums dans les villes indiennes. De la genèse coloniale à la multiplication des mesures depuis l’Indépendance» [Identifying and Counting Slums in Indian Cities: From Colonial Beginnings to the Multiplication of Measures since Independence], Histoire et Mesure, 34(1), pp. 185-214.  https://journals.openedition.org/histoiremesure/8520

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