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Indivar Jonnalagadda

PhD Candidate

South Asia Studies and Anthropology


M.A. Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai - 2014

B.Sc. Statistics, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai - 2012


My dissertation research focuses on the intertwined processes of informal land transfers and regularization of land holdings in informal settlements of Hyderabad, India. I view informal or slum settlements as dynamic sites for negotiating the boundary between state and society, the meaning of legality, and collective rights to the city.

Research Interests

Urban informality; Land rights; Legal pluralism; Citizenship; Associational life; Housing policy; Informal markets.

Selected Publications

Jonnalagadda, Indivar. 2018. “Citizenship as a Communicative Effect.” Signs and Society 6 (3): 531–57. 

Maringanti, Anant, and Indivar Jonnalagadda. 2015. “Rent Gap, Fluid Infrastructure and Population Excess in a Gentrifying Neighbourhood.” City 19 (2–3): 365–74.

Jonnalagadda, Indivar, and Sandeep Tanniru. 2014. “Rethinking Governance of Public Toilets: Lessons for Swacch Bharat from Hyderabad.” Economic & Political Weekly 49 (48): 41–45.