Romola Sanyal

Assistant Professor of Urban Geography

Department of Geography and Environment


Tel: [+44] (0)20 7955 7604

Room: STC 5.09|, St Clement's Building, LSE

Romola joined the Department of Geography and Environment in 2013, having worked previously at University College London, Newcastle University and Rice University (USA). She has a PhD in Architecture (UC Berkeley), an MSc in Geography (LSE) and a B.A in City and Regional Planning (UC Berkeley).

Her work focuses on urbanization and urban theory in the global north and south, particularly around issues of citizenship and space. Her research has looked at the intersection between Refugee Studies and Urban Studies and trying to understand the politics of urbanization in refugee spaces in the Middle East (Lebanon) and South Asia (India), especially among communities of people who have been displaced for prolonged periods of time. She has published several articles on this. Her interest in questions of citizenship, particularly in India, led to the publication of her co-edited book Urbanizing Citizenship: Contested Spaces in Indian Cities| (Sage, 2011). Her current research investigates the politics of producing slum tours in various parts of the world.

  • Citizenship
  • Urbanization
  • Urban Planning
  • Violence and Conflict
  • Architecture
  • Urban Poverty
  • Middle East
  • South Asia

 Selected recent publications:

  • The Work of Exile: Protracted Refugee Situations and the New Palestinian Normal. D.B Monk and J. Mundy (eds) The Post Conflict Environment: Investigation and Critique (2014). 



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