The India IFP has been postponed

until Summer 2018.

Country Context

Amid rapid economic growth, India has made important strides in reducing poverty. Yet, beyond this progress, according to the country’s 2011 Census, almost 65.5 million Indians live in urban slums, deprived of access to adequate housing and basic services such as water and sanitation. In the past years, several initiatives from organized communities of the urban poor have provided realistic options to improve living conditions and integrate the slum dwellers perspective in policies, and to rethink the physical design of informal settlements. Such efforts have created spaces of participation within Indian cities so that the demands of the most deprived urbanites are taken into consideration.  

Partner Organizations

Slum Dwellers International (SDI), a Nobel Peace Prize nominated organization, has been active in integrating the voice of the urban poor through the creation of pro-poor policies in the context of rapidly growing cities of the global south.

Founded in 1984 the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC, India)  is one of the founding organizations of SDI. It is one of the largest and oldest Indian NGO’s to work with and for the most vulnerable and invisible urban poor.

Possible Project Work

Set in an urban context the project focuses on the nuances of urban poverty by actively engaging with various stakeholders such as the community groups, grassroots organizations, government officials and academic institutions. The aim is to articulate practical tools that aim towards the production and sharing of valuable knowledge to support the ongoing work of the community groups and grassroots organization.
Through a series of lectures, seminars and guest lectures, the required spring course will not only equip students with skills and insights, but also help them establish research topics and communication techniques for their fieldwork in India. The students are expected to develop their topic of interest and research by engaging and collaborating with community leaders and groups on field.  Students will be encouraged to engage with various research and analytical methods which include, but are not limited to, documentation, data visualization and oral history.

Program Info and Requirements

  • Begins: 1 June 2017  Ends: 31 July 2017 (Postponed until Summer 2018)
  • Open to: All undergraduate [third and fourth year] and graduate New School Students, as well as Non-New School, are welcome to apply.
  • Concentrations: This program engages with urban issues through a transdisciplinary approach. It is open for all concentrations and no previous training in an urban context is required.
  • Language Requirement: None.
  • Required courses for New School students: Communities in Urban Development [Spring 2017]
  • Syllabus: Forthcoming.
  • Supervisor & Coordinator: Achilles Kallergis + Shibani Jadhah