I am a Economic and Urban Geographer. Currently, I am a PhD Candidate in Geography, with a PhD Minor in Science & Technology Studies (STS), at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I am also affiliated with the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies, Center for South Asia, and the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE). I received my Bachelor’s degree (BArch) in Architecture from the University of Mumbai in 2011 and my Master’s degree (MA) in Geography, with a Graduate Certificate in Development Studies, from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2018. Between 2011 and 2016, I worked as an architect in India (Architecture Work Sample).
My doctoral dissertation research highlights the imbalances between dominant narratives of economic growth through infrastructure construction in rapidly developing second-tier cities in India – like Kochi, Kerala – and the social and environmental consequences of such urban development trajectories.
Research Interests: Economic & Urban Geography, Political Ecology, Development Studies, Science & Technology Studies (STS), South Asia/Kerala, Built Environment
Teaching Interests: International Development, Urban Studies, Environmental Politics, Science & Technology Studies (STS), Architecture & Environmental Design, Qualitative Research Methods
ssmenon at wisc dot edu