Shalini Sharma

Visiting Researcher

My work is located at the crossroads of environmental studies, cultural studies and urban studies. This includes my decade long engagement with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and the Remember Bhopal Museum (which I helped set up as oral historian/trustee). This is India's first oral history based museum which is also co-curated by the affected community; it depicts the story of one of the longest running environmental justice movements.  After obtaining a PhD from SOAS, London in development studies, my interests have expanded from industrial disasters and access to justice in urban contexts to risks and vulnerabilities of indiscriminate urbanisation in ecologically fragile, biodiverse regions. My current work focuses on climate justice and urbanisation in India. Last year, as Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow at the University of East Anglia I worked on indigenous urbanism, which I am extending to smart cities and infrastructural corridors during my Fulbright at Princeton.  This builds on my previous work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati (with majority students from indigenous communities) and with the UNESCO centre on environmental heritage.