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Romola Sanyal

May 17th, 2021

Progressing Planning – our podcast with Dr Romola Sanyal

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Martina Rotolo

Romola Sanyal

May 17th, 2021

Progressing Planning – our podcast with Dr Romola Sanyal

0 comments | 19 shares

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

In this episode, I had a discussion with Dr. Romola Sanyal , Associate Professor of Urban Geography at the London School of Economics. Romola has a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on forced migration and urbanisation.

In one strand of her research, she looks at how refugees and other forced migrants become ‘city makers’ through building and inhabiting urban spaces. In this work, she has studied Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut and Partition refugee colonies in Calcutta.

A second strand of her work looks at the geopolitics of humanitarian knowledge production, particularly on urban refugees. Titled urban humanitarianism, this strand of research looks at how humanitarian organizations come to learn from and intervene in urban areas through various experiments and what politics are involved in building and sharing that knowledge.

Her work has been published in a number of journals including Urban Studies, IJURR, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Political Geography. She is co-editor of Urbanizing Citizenship: Contested Spaces in Indian Cities (with Dr Renu Desai, Sage India, 2011) and Displacement: Global Conversations on Refuge (with Dr Silvia Pasquetti, Manchester University Press, 2020).

In this podcast Romola talks about her research on urban displaced populations and refugees. In particular, she discusses urban humanitarian policies to support displaced people in cities explaining the pros and cons of the neighbourhood approach.

 

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Read more about this

Sanyal, Romola (2021), Making urban humanitarian policy: the “neighborhood approach” in Lebanon. Urban Geography. 1 – 21. ISSN 0272-3638

Pasquetti, S. and R. Sanyal (2020), Displacement: Global conversations on refuge, Manchester University Press, Accessed May 4, 2021. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv13842z8.

 

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About the author

Martina Rotolo

Martina is LSE London’s Communication Assistant and she works as an ORAM Fellow for the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE. Martina recently graduated from LSE and holds a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies. Her dissertation focused on the analysis of the policy drivers that led to the emergence of new local governance structures to tackle food poverty in London. Before joining LSE, she graduated in Public Policies at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and worked in the field of public affairs and social impact.

Romola Sanyal

Dr Romola Sanyal joined the Department of Geography and Environment at the LSE in 2013 having held lectureships in Planning at Newcastle University (2010-2012) and University College London at the Development Planning Unit (2012-2013). She has also held the position of inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chao Centre for Asian Studies at Rice University (2008-2009) and been a Visiting Fellow at the Open University (2009-2010). She has a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, an MSc in Geography from the LSE and a B.A in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

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