Rohit Mujumdar is a Mumbai based urbanist. He has co-founded the Collective Research Initiatives Trust and has taught at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA). He has studied Architecture from the KRVIA (University of Mumbai) and Urban Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia (UBC).
His research and teaching interests focus around the intersections of livelihoods, land tenure, law, environment, religion and caste, and memories in the (re-) making of space in Indian cities. Over the last fifteen years, has not only acquired a substantive understanding of these processes but has also worked as a consultant on concrete policy and planning challenges in the areas of periurban dynamics, urban regeneration, public space management, heritage and environment conservation, slum sanitation programmes, and city development and city investment strategies in Indian cities.
His doctoral research seeks to complicate reductive narratives of small cities on the outskirts of India’s major metropolitan regions by exploring the evolving rationalities that influence the material, socio-cultural and political production of urban life in Ulhasnagar, a city on Mumbai’s outskirts. At UBC, he also holds dual Fellowship positions at the Liu Institute of Global Issues and the Institute of Asian Research where he has conceptualized the Comparative Urban Studies Network whose ongoing projects include a workshop on The Politics of Periurbanization in Asia: Comparative Perspectives (June 2013) and a quarterly colloquium series Urban Worlds.