Matt Birkinshaw

Muddy waters in Delhi’s ‘Dusty South’

Matt Birkinshaw writes on the discretionary nature of essential services and blurring of public and private power on Delhi’s unauthorised periphery. He also reflects on how things are beginning to change under AAP rule.

At the edge of south Delhi, beyond the wealthy enclaves synonymous with the city’s elite, stands one of Delhi’s largest unauthorised urban areas, tucked in a […]

India’s urban direction: Learning from the Renewal Mission (JNNURM)

As India’s incoming government calls for a new urban policy initiative, Matt Birkinshaw analyses the difficulties in implementing the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in light of India’s complex political and structural challenges.  As speculation over new government appointments and policy builds, business leaders have been urging Narendra Modi to facilitate infrastructure investment. The BJP manifesto rightly recognises […]

Why water could decide the Indian elections

LSE’s Matt Birkinshaw argues that water supply and other basic service provision will be key issues in India’s upcoming elections thanks to the politics of the Aam Aadmi Party. This article first appeared in the Guardian. India is the world’s second largest country by population (1.2 billion) and tenth largest by GDP ($1,842bn), yet the national election next month could be decided […]

Photoblog: Damming the Narmada – submerging land, livelihoods and cultures in western India

On a recent trip to Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, Matt Birkinshaw learnt about the effects that large dam projects on the Narmada River are having on the local community and environment. I recently visited the Narmada Valley in western India with the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), one of India’s longest running social movements. In 1985, groups campaigning against negative social […]

Policy hacking in Bangalore

LSE’s Matt Birkinshaw learns about water availability in India at IIMB’s annual Policy Hackathon, and calls for more team-based policy jams to promote evidence-based policymaking.  Public policymaking can sometimes seem to reach peculiar conclusions. Solutions can be warped by multiple agendas, over-ambition, and incomplete information before even entering the labyrinth of implementation. What might policy look like free from mundane […]

The battle for Golibar: Urban splintering in Mumbai

The ‘Mumbai model’ of public-private partnerships in urban land and housing development is being adopted and piloted across India, and the world. LSE’s Matt Birkinshaw asks why the ‘Mumbai model’ in Golibar provoked such outrage. This article first appeared on Open Democracy. On Saturday 13 April 2013, veteran activist Medha Patkar ended an indefinite hunger strike after a successful meeting […]

April 24th, 2013|Development, Environment|Comments Off on The battle for Golibar: Urban splintering in Mumbai|

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