PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research)

From 2002 to 2005 I served as co-director of Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research (PUKAR), an experimental urban laboratory in Mumbai that aimed to push the boundaries of traditional sites of research and knowledge-making by creating a rigorous interdisciplinary space for interactions amongst academics, architects, planners, artists, journalists, filmmakers and independent scholars. As PUKAR grew into a more established institution, it supported groups of “barefoot researchers,” handpicking collaborative groups with proposals to study neighborhoods and issues in and around Mumbai.  While leading PUKAR as part of a dynamic and international team, I helped secure a significant grant from the Ford Foundation to support PUKAR's operations in Mumbai and served as a co-PI on a five year grant for research and practice on the theme of Cities, Citizenship and Globalization.