Envisioning a Network

We are a group of economists, geographers, urban planners, architects, sociologists and ethnographers building on the on the synergies of long term engagements among the four institutions of CPR, HUL, IIHS and TISS respectively.

TURN hosts monthly network-level workshops, organized to provide researchers a platform to not only converse about outcomes of research but also identify synergies in their processes, methods and theoretical frameworks.

Latest Outputs

  • (De)constructing the ‘Illegal’ City: Official Logics in Vasai Virar


    By Iain Payne on March 12th 2020

    Faced with the profusion of illegal construction in Vasai Virar on the northernmost periphery of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, civil bureaucrats in the Vasai Virar City Municipal Corporation (VVCMC) must integrate the official logics of property and law with tacit ‘extra-legal’ knowledge and discretion to construct, and at times deconstruct, the city. These informal logics […]

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  • Lost in Transit


    By Kedar Nagarajan on March 12th 2020

    Plot 138 A & B in Mankhurd is the site for what was meant to be temporary housing for people displaced due to the Mumbai Urban Transport Project II. Originally constructed to house these displaced residents before allotting them permanent tenements, it has turned into a permanent home not just for those displaced by MUTP […]

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In an effort to engage with this question, TURN intends to build a network to:

Synergize the capacities of four partnering research institutions, each of which is located in a different metropolis, and has experience in working at multiple sub-national scales.

Facilitate deep immersions in Indian cities to amplify the findings of ongoing research initiatives, challenge our conceptual approaches and generate new knowledge.

Address the issue of informality qua tacit, place-based knowledge in urban areas – focusing on making it visible and engaging with its intersection with policy.

Bring a strong interdisciplinarity to bear on research, from the disciplines of economics, geography, social work and urban planning.

TURN consists of four Indian institutions

CPR has been one of India’s leading public policy think tanks since 1973

IIHS is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements.

HUL conducts research on urban issues in a way that would bridge the gap between academic urban research and life at ground zero.

TISS is an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centred, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all