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Dr Shreyashi Dasgupta

Dr Shreyashi Dasgupta

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge College Research Associate at Homerton College



  • PhD in Development Studies, University of Cambridge, 2020
  • MPhil in Development Studies, University of Cambridge, 2015
  • MA in Habitat Policy and Practice, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai 2013


  • 2021: Honourable Mention as runner-up for the 2021 Bayly PhD Prize by the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Grants

  • 2015-2018: Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Cambridge PhD Scholarship supported by Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust.
  • 2019: Supplementary PhD grant by the Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust.
  • 2019: Funds for Women Graduates (FFWG) writing up grant.
  • 2019: Churches together in Britain and Ireland Fund (CTBI) writing up grant.
  • 2019: Leche Trust Overseas student grant.
  • 2019: Gilchrist Educational Trust study grant
  • 2018: Urban Geography Specialty Group travel award, American Association of Geographers
  • 2016: Sidney and Marguerite Cody Girton College travel award for PhD fieldwork in India and Bangladesh.
  • 2016: Suzy Paine award for PhD fieldwork in India and Bangladesh
  • 2016 and 2017: Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge PhD fieldwork grant in India and Bangladesh.
  • 2016, 2018 and 2020: Girton College Pillman Fund
  • 2014: Nehru Trust for Cambridge University bursary for MPhil in Development Studies
  • 2014: J.N Tata and Sir Jamsetji Tata Trust scholarship for MPhil in Development Studies.
  • 2014 and 2018: Cambridge Society Alumni Scholarship for MPhil and PhD (writing up year) in Development Studies.
  • 2014: K.C Mahindra Education Trust scholarship for MPhil in Development Studies.
  • 2014: Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust scholarship for MPhil in Development Studies.
  • 2012: DAAD scholarship for the summer school on spatial planning and urban transformation at TU Dortmund University, Germany.


Her research interests include urban and labour geography, political ethnography, housing and infrastructure in cities of the Global South. Shreyashi's doctoral dissertation, "The Accommodation City: Private low-income housing and urban space in Dhaka and Mumbai" explores the emerging forms and processes of temporary accommodation (dormitories, mess housing, work-residence rentals and paying guests/room-sharing) for low-income workers. Using an ethnographic approach, her work seeks to understand how accommodation matter 'in' and 'for' cities. Shreyashi has also worked as an international development consultant and carried out policy-oriented research with Itad UK, Observer Research Foundation Mumbai, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development Bangladesh.


[Publications will appear automatically from the University's publications database.]


Supervisor, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (October 2021-):

  • Part II: Global Urbanism
  • Part IB: Citizenship, Cities, and Civil Society
  • Part IA: Contemporary Urban Geographies

Instructor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O.P Jindal Global University, India (August 2020-July 2021):

  • Urban Housing: Policy, Politics, and Space (Graduate)
  • Urbanisation and Development (Undergraduate)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Graduate)
  • Academic Writing (Graduate)
  • Mentor for Jindal Fellowship Programme at the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities

Supervisor, Department of Geography and Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge (October 2017-March 2020):

  • Part II: Global Urbanism
  • Part IA: Contemporary Urban Geographies
  • Part IB: Economic Globalisation and its Crises
  • Paper 5: Cities and Development

External activities

  • Committee member, Development Geographies Research Group, Royal Geographical Society and Prize Coordinator for David W Smith Memorial Prize for sixth form students
  • Member of American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)
  • Member of British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS)
  • Co-founder and co-convenor, Cambridge Urbanism in the Global South Working Group