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Srilata Sircar

Admitted to PhD Programme: 2012-07-01

Supervisor: Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt 

  • Teaches on MIDM25



  • BA History (Hons.), University of Delhi (2008)
  • MA Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay (2010)
  • MSc International Development and Management, Lunds Universitet, (2012)

Current Research Project

The central aim of my PhD project is to construct a subaltern narrative of urbanization in India through an in-depth study of selected Census Towns in the state of West Bengal. Census Towns (CTs) are the smallest category of urban centres in India based on criteria of population density and employment in non-primary sector. Despite being categorized as ‘urban’ by the census, these settlements remain under the rural institutions of local governance until being ‘municipalized’ by the state legislature. In many cases this can take up to several decades. In the census of 2011, more than 2500 new CTs were identified of which more than 500 are in the state of West Bengal. I am using both statistical data from the census abstracts and primary qualitative data to understand the processes of socio-economic and political transformations in these transitional sites. My analytical framework is inspired by the work of the subaltern studies collective which is an influential school of historiography in postcolonial South Asia. The primary research tools I am using are oral histories, life history interviews, business history interviews, and participatory mapping exercises. 


  • Exploring the Impact of Women‟s Political Participation on Gender Relations in Public and Private Realms: A Study of Gram Panchayats in Alamnagar, Bihar” (2010), Masters Dissertation for MA Development Studies, TISS, Mumbai 
  • Where „Everyone‟ has Migrated: Exploring Social Transformation under the Impact of Labour Migration in Rural Bihar, India” (2012), Masters Thesis for MSc International Development, Lunds Universitiet, Sweden 



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Human Geography
E-mail: srilata [dot] sircar [at] keg [dot] lu [dot] se


Department of Human Geography


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and the Human Ecology Division

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