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Everyday Sanitation: A comparative study of Mumbai's informal settlements

 Everyday Sanitation: A comparative study of Mumbai's informal settlements

The challenges of urban sanitation in informal settlements accompanying urbanisation in the global South are increasingly recognised in academic and policy contexts (Black and Fawcett, 2008; Davis, 2006a; Neuwirth, 2006; Patel and Deb, 2006; UN Habitat, 2003). However, issues around urban sanitation access, usage and experience on a daily basis are still ascribed marginal status in scholarly and policy-related circles. This project seeks to understand urban sanitation on an everyday basis in order to:

i) conceptualise how people perceive and experience sanitation within informal settlements;

ii) contextualise existing sanitary practice and explore it in relation to potential sanitation interventions by state, donor and civil society; and

iii) relate urban sanitation experience, perception and coping strategies to debates in urban theory and development studies.


We would like to acknowledge support for this research from the UK‟s Economic and Social Research Council (RES-062-23-1669), and from the Department of Geography at Durham University. We would also like to thank all those who took the time to discuss sanitation and water in Mumbai and beyond as part of the research. The names of all respondents have been changed.

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