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Durham University

Department of Geography

Departmental Research Projects

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

A research project of the Department of Geography.


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:

  1. conceptualise how people perceive and experience sanitation within informal settlements
  2. contextualise existing sanitary practice and explore it in relation to potential sanitation interventions by state, donor and civil society
  3. relate urban sanitation experience, perception and coping strategies to debates in urban theory and development studies

External Staff

  • Renu Desai. Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
  • Stephen Graham. Professor of Cities and Society in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK


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