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Dr Romit Chowdhury, Ph.D, M.Phil, M.A., B.A.

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Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography
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Room number: S205

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I am a postdoctoral research associate in the department, working with Professor Colin McFarlane and other colleagues on the ERC-funded project 'DenCity: Density in a Global Urban Age'. The project uses a comparative lens to examine how high urban densities are experienced in five Asian cities. My work on the project is specifically concerned with public transport in Tokyo, Mumbai, and Manila.


I have a PhD in Sociology from the National University of Singapore, which I received in November 2018. I have had an interdisciplinary training in literature, cultural studies and the social sciences. My doctoral thesis is an ethnography-led study of the relationship between masculinities and everyday mobilities in urban India. It looks at the laboring lives of male public transport workers (autorickshaw- and taxi operators) in contemporary Kolkata to offer an understanding of masculinities, politics of co-presence on-the-move, and spatial inequalities in cities. I am working on my first monograph based on this doctoral research.


My earlier work has explored masculinities in the contexts of men's rights movements, feminist methodology, sexual violence, care-giving, and men doing feminist research and activism in India. Through this research I have sought to deepen feminist insights on male privilege, the provocations for men's opposition to gender justice, and the social conditions in which men come to embody egalitarian forms of masculinity.


I have been a visiting researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and at the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo.


I currently serve as an international advisory editor for the journal Men and Masculinities (Sage).


Indicators of Esteem

  • 2012: Jayati Gupta Memorial Prize for best M.Phil thesis - Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta:
  • 2010: Smitu Kothari Prize for best M.A. thesis - Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai :

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: Workshop Travel Grant: Duke University
  • 2017: Conference Travel Grant: University of Copenhagen
  • 2017: Workshop Travel Grant: Durham University
  • 2016: Overseas Research Attachment Grant: National University of Singapore
  • 2015: Conference Travel Grant: University of Melbourne