Sanyal, Romola

Dr Romola Sanyal  


Position held

Experience keywords:

cities; citizenship; housing; humanitarian crises; refugees; urbanism; violence

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Romola Sanyal's research has been on the effect of mass displacements of refugees on urbanization in cities in the Global South, predominantly in the Middle East (Lebanon) and South Asia (India). She has also written on related issues of citizenship and borders in the South Asian context.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Law; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

India; Lebanon; South Asia; USA


Arabic [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Bengali [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Hindi [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Intermediate]

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Sanyal, Romola and Ferreri, Mara (2018) Platform economies and urban planning: Airbnb and regulated deregulation in London Urban Studies. ISSN 0042-0980


Sanyal, Romola (2017) A no-camp policy: interrogating informal settlements in Lebanon Geoforum, 84. 117-125. ISSN 0016-7185


Chu, Cecilia L. and Sanyal, Romola (2015) Spectacular cities of our time Geoforum, 65. 399-402. ISSN 0016-7185

Sanyal, Romola (2015) Slum tours as politics: global urbanism and representations of poverty International Political Sociology, 9 (1). 93-96. ISSN 1749-5679

Jones, Gareth A. and Sanyal, Romola (2015) Spectacle and suffering: the Mumbai slum as a worlded space Geoforum, 65. 431-439. ISSN 0016-7185


Sanyal, Romola (2014) Urbanizing India: contestations and citizenship in Indian cities In: Isin, Engin F. and Nyers, Peter, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies. Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, 388-396. ISBN 9780415519724

Sanyal, Romola (2014) The work of exile: protracted refugee crises and the new Palestinian normal In: Monk, Daniel Bertrand and Mundy, Jacob, (eds.) The Post-Conflict Environment: Investigation and Critique. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. ISBN 9780472052233

Sanyal, Romola (2014) The continuing legacy of partition in India’s urban spaces South Asia @ LSE (17 Nov 2014) blog

Sanyal, Romola (2014) Urbanizing refuge: interrogating spaces of displacement International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38 (2). 558-572. ISSN 0309-1317


Sanyal, Romola (2013) Understanding South Asia through its borders South Asia @ LSE (20 Nov 2013) blog

Cons, Jason and Sanyal, Romola (2013) Geographies at the margins: borders in South Asia – an introduction Political Geography, 35. 5-13. ISSN 0962-6298

Sanyal, Romola (2013) Hindu space: urban dislocations in post-partition Calcutta Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39 (1). 38-49. ISSN 0020-2754


Sanyal, Romola (2012) Displaced borders: shifting politics of squatting In: Desai, Renu and Sanyal, Romola, (eds.) Urbanizing Citizenship: Contested Spaces in Indian Cities. SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9788132107309

Desai, Renu and Sanyal, Romola (2012) Introduction: urbanizing citizenship - contested spaces in Indian cities In: Desai, Renu and Sanyal, Romola, (eds.) Urbanizing Citizenship: Contested Spaces in Indian Cities. SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9788132107309

Desai, Renu and Sanyal, Romola, eds (2012) Urbanizing citizenship: contested spaces in Indian cities SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9788132107309

Sanyal, Romola (2012) Refugees and the city: an urban discussion Geography Compass, 6 (11). 633-644. ISSN 1749-8198


Sanyal, Romola (2011) Squatting in camps: building and insurgency in spaces of refuge Urban Studies, 48 (5). 877-890. ISSN 0042-0980


Sanyal, Romola (2009) Contesting refugeehood: squatting as survival in post-partition Calcutta Social Identities, 15 (1). 67-84. ISSN 1350-4630


Sanyal, Romola (2004) Poverty as a 'theme park': Christian norms and philanthropic forms of Habitat for Humanity Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 15 (2). 19-32. ISSN 1050-2092

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