Alfred Deakin Institute
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, Australia. Our researchers aim to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation, and investigate the imp


Animals and urban planning: Indian cities as ‘Zoöpolises’

India’s rapid urbanisation and biodiversity decline together have critical global implications, but the complex social dimensions of Indian urban biodiversity are overlooked in current planning.

This project casts animals as vital components of urban societies in India and examines the everyday realities of selected wild, commensal, and commoditised species who live close to humans. It will show how these realities are also outcomes of being enmeshed in social frameworks to offer an expanded empirical basis for planning to sustain urban biodiversity, and devise species-inclusive zoöpolises as successful cities of the future. In partnership with the leading animal geographer Prof. Jennifer Wolch, University of California Berkeley, this Discovery project is funded by the Australian Research Council.

Project Team

Dr Yamini Narayanan

Prof. Jennifer Wolch, University of California Berkeley

Project Funding

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant