Preeti Sampat is an anthropologist working on rights to land and resources in relation to infrastructure creation and urbanisation in India. Her doctoral work is a legal ethnography of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 that traces the law’s policy genesis and evolution at the national level, and failure in implementation in Goa. Her current research examines emergent land and resource struggles along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. Preeti currently teaches at the Department of Sociology in the Delhi School of Economics.
Her project addresses a critical dynamic in contemporary Indian political economy — the growth of real estate development and urbanisation policy as simultaneous forces of dispossession and axes of resistance. She examines smart city-making projects through fieldwork and archival research in the Dholera and Shendra-Bedkin smart-city areas along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. Who are the actors driving these projects? How do peasants and other local residents, threatened with dispossession experience, perceive and confront their implications? Her study contributes to cross-disciplinary studies in law, anthropology and economy committed to the politics of egalitarian development ‘from below’.
Read Policy Report No. 13 here:Dholera Smart City: Urban Infrastructure or Rentier Growth?.
Articles published in other media based on this Research: Dholera The Emperor’s New City India’s land impasse