Religion and Urban Development in India: Planning Sustainable Cities
This project argues that religion influences urban development in India and must inform policy.
India's scale and speed of urbanisation makes its sustainable urban development critical globally, yet modernist urban planning has failed to address slum growth, poverty, gender inequality and ecological crises.
Using interviews, archival research and fieldwork in six walled cities that clearly display the interactions of religion and modernity, this project will show how religion also shapes these issues and must be part of their solution.
Conducted at a time of intensified right-wing politics around cow protectionism in India, the project will develop new insights on how animals are enmeshed in religious and fundamentalist narratives around space, place, and power in Indian cities.
Funding period: 2014–2017
Dr Yamini Narayanan
This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).