I am a Economic and Urban Geographer and an Architect. 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 a professional architect in India (Architecture Work Sample).
My doctoral dissertation research highlights the imbalances between dominant narratives of urban economic growth in India through real estate and infrastructure construction in rapidly developing second-tier cities – like Kochi, Kerala – along with the social and environmental impacts of its major material embodiment: concrete.
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