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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


Indivar Jonnalagadda is a joint PhD Candidate in Anthropology and South Asia Studies. Indivar's research has spanned multiple projects engaging questions of urbanization, livelihood, energy, sanitation, housing, and education, and it has consistently been organized around core questions of the relationship between development and democracy. His ongoing dissertation project looks at what governments have called the “challenge of slums” from the perspective of slum-dwellers in Hyderabad, India. It examines the political and democratic institutions that enable marginalized urban residents to secure claims on land and livelihoods despite barriers to access. The dissertation engages debates on property relations, informality, markets, bureaucracy, and urban planning.

Research Interests

Citizenship; law & property relations; poverty, inequality and development; urban infrastructure; political ecology; ethnographic film & multimodal scholarship.

Selected Publications

Jonnalagadda, Indivar. “Of Political Entrepreneurs: Assembling Community and Social Capital in Hyderabad’s Informal Settlements.” Urban Studies 59, no. 4 (2022): 717-733, LINK.

Jonnalagadda, Indivar, Ryan Stock, and Karan Misquitta. “Titling as a Contested Process: Conditional Land Rights and Subaltern Citizenship in South India.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 45, no. 3 (2021): 458–76, LINK.

Jonnalagadda, Indivar. “Citizenship as a Communicative Effect.” Signs and Society 6, no. 3 (2018): 531–57, LINK.

Courses Taught

SAST/ANTH/URBS 002: City in South Asia (Spring 2022)