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Matt Birkinshaw

PhD candidate in Human Geography & Urban Studies


Research Interests

PhD Research (Human Geography and Urban Studies)

Matt researches governance and infrastructure in Indian cities with a focus on urban water and municipal reforms. 

Other research interests:

  • Urbanisation, urban policy, urban governance and politics
  • Infrastructure, esp. urban water supply and e-governance
  • South Asia, Southern Africa, UK


Matt holds a BA in Philosophy (Sussex), MA in Human Rights (UoL), Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (LSE, full), and an MSc in Human Geography Research (LSE, Distinction). 

His MSc included modules on urban policy, urban politics, research methods and socio-spatial theory, and six months research on the politics of urban governance and infrastructure reforms in two cities in Maharashtra.

Alongside freelance research, Matt has taught as a GTA on GY301 Political Geography of Development and the South for the last three years.  Before coming to the LSE, he worked for, and with, a number of NGOs and social movements including: ActionAid International (UK), Community Sector Coalition (UK), World Development Movement (UK), Narmada Bachao Andolan (India), Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan (India) and Abahlali baseMjondolo (South Africa). 

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