Assistant Professor of Urban Geography
Tel: [+44] (0)20 7955 7604
Fax: [+44] (0)20 7955 7412
Room: STC 5.09, St Clement’s Building, LSE
Dr Sanyal joined LSE in 2013 from the Development Planning Unit at UCL. She has previously taught at Rice University, Texas, and Newcastle University. She is interested in architecture, urban geopolitics, urban theory, housing and citizenship rights. She has written on the politics of space in refugee settlements in the global South with a particular focus on Lebanon and India. Her current research work looks at the urbanization of particular areas in Lebanon through humanitarian aid that has come in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Dr Sanyal obtained her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Urban and Regional Planning
- International Development
- Refugee and Displacement
- Urban Geopolitics
2015 and forthcoming
- Sanyal, R. (2015). “Dilineations Amongst the Poor: Caste, Class and Gender among Refugees in Calcutta”. In C. Lemanski and C. Marx (Eds.), The City in Urban Poverty. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
- Sanyal, R. (2015). “Slum Tours as Politics: Global Urbanism and Representations of Poverty” International Political Sociology (2015), 9 (1), pp. 93-96. DOI: 10.1111/ips.12080
- Co-edited Special Issue (with Cecilia Chu) “Spectacle Cities: Worlding Practices and Emerging Narratives of Urban Remaking” Geoforum (forthcoming)
- Co-authored article (with Dr Gareth Jones) “Spectacle, Space and Suffering: the Mumbai slum as a worlded experience”. Geoforum (2015) doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.02.008
- “How Refuge Creates Informality: Shelter Politics in Refugee Camps in Beirut.” Jerusalem Quarterly (2015) 60, pp. 31-41.
- Article: The continuing legacy of partition in India’s urban spaces (November 2014)
- ‘Urbanizing refuge: interrogating spaces of displacement‘. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, (2014) 38 (2). pp. 558-572. ISSN 0309-1317
- ‘Hindu Space: Urban Dislocations in Post-Partition Calcutta‘. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, (2014), 39 (1) pp.38-49.
- Sanyal, Romola (2014) Urbanizing India: contestations and citizenship in Indian cities. In: Isin, Engin F. and Nyers, Peter, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies. Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 388-396. ISBN 9780415519724
- Sanyal, Romola (2014) The work of exile: protracted refugee crises and the new Palestinian normal. In: Monk, Daniel Bertrand and Mundy, Jacob, (eds.) The Post-Conflict Environment: Investigation and Critique. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. ISBN 9780472052233
- Sanyal, R. and Cons, J. (2013). Geographies at the Boundaries: Interrogating Borders in South Asia. Political Geography (Special issue and introduction)
- Sanyal, R. (2012). Refugees and the City: An Urban Discussion. Geography Compass, 6 (11), 633-644. (Special issue and introduction).
- Desai, R. and Sanyal, R. (eds). Urbanizing Citizenship: Contested Spaces in Indian Cities. New Delhi: Sage Publications (2011).
- Sanyal, R. (2011). Displaced Borders: Shifting Politics of Squatting in Calcutta. In R. Desai, R. Sanyal (Eds.), Urbanizing Citizenship: Contested Spaces in Indian Cities. India: Sage.
- Sanyal, R., & Desai, R. (2011). Introduction: Emerging Citizenships and Contested Spaces in Indian Cities. In R. Desai, R. Sanyal (Eds.), Urbanizing Citizenship:Contested Spaces in Indian Cities. India: Sage.
- Sanyal, R. (2011). Squatting in Camps: Building and Insurgency in Spaces of Refuge. Urban Studies: An International Journal for Research in Urban Studies, 48 (5).
- Sanyal, R. (2009). Contesting Refugeehood: Squatting as Survival in Post-Partition Calcutta. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 15 (1).
- Sanyal, R. (2008). Traditional Dwellings and Settlements. Online Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, 2nd ed.