Members / सदस्य
Aakiz Farooq has contributed to several research projects as part of his studies and internships with various civil society organisations. His areas of interest include subaltern studies, environment and environmental politics, urbanisation and sustainable development, political philosophy especially critical theory, and democratic decentralisation of governance. He has graduated in political science from Jamia Millia Islamia University. Email: aakiz[at]prcindia.in
Akshita Rawat holds a master's degree in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a bachelor's degree in English literature from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, University of Delhi. She had participated in the "Reaching the Real India" program (2019) and worked in a summer internship with People's Resource Centre. Since then she has been collaborating with many NGO groups, media and web portals. Akshita is interested in education and pedagogy as well as different issues related to urbanization, more particularly urban agriculture and urban mobility. Email: akshita[at]prcindia.in
Anita Kapoor is associated with Shahari Mahila Kaamgar Union (translated as Urban Women Workers Union) and has rich experience of community action and training. For the last three decades, she has been active in social, economic and environmental issues in many areas of Delhi- NCR. She has played a significant role in developing the leadership capabilities in female workers. Among other things, her initiative of Women's Savings Fund has made women workers in Delhi financially independent.
Archana is an MPhil research scholar at the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She joined PRC in December 2020 as a research intern and since then, she has been actively participating in various projects of the organisation but more particularly in the study of river-city relations. She is keen on exploring the subtleties of colourism, faced especially by women in Indian society. She is also interested in the politics of resource appropriation/management and gender & feminist geographies. Email: archana[at]prcindia.in
Arjun Singh has been active in the Institute for Democracy and Sustainability (IDS) and the National Cyclists Union for many decades. He has played an important role in the creation of draft cycle rickshaw law with public participation in Bihar and Jharkhand. He is deeply engaged in organizational and welfare works among the communities.
Avikal Parashari is a student of media at MCRC, Jamia Milia Islamia. He regularly contributes to the activities of PRC, most recently as a visual research collaborator for the ‘Invisible farming: Urban agriculture in Delhi’ project. He had earlier worked with People's Resource Centre as an intern under the Reaching the Real India programme. He is also one of the organizers of Reclaiming the Bus, an ongoing campaign for free, safe, and reliable bus-based public transport in Delhi. Avikal is interested in bringing out the narratives of people and their access to urban spaces, through films and images.
Magadhi Diksha was part of the organizing team of Farming The City webinar series. She played a key role in publication of the inaugural edition of the digital newsletter ‘Beejpatra’, an initiative of the Urban Agriculture Community supported by PRC. She has a graduate degree in history and she is interested in bringing social awareness through publication and dissemination of books.
Mohini works as an independent writer and translator. Her fiction and non-fiction writings have been published by Kavitakosh, Lallantop, Rajkamal Prakashan, Janmat and Divya Marathi among others. She has been an invited speaker in public events organised by various institutions including Hindi Academy (Govt. of NCT of Delhi) and Bharat Bhavan (Govt. of Madhya Pradesh). After graduating in Botany (Hons.) from Gargi College (Delhi University), she is currently pursuing a Masters in Development from Azim Premji University. Her interests include gendered perspectives in development and literature. Mohini has been associated with People's Resource Centre in multiple and varying capacities.
Nanhu Prasad has fought for and won the rights of unauthorized colonies of Delhi and the rights of their residents by forming an RWA. He is currently the chairperson of the RWA. Apart from this, he is also an active member of the National Cyclists Union and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM). He has played a key role in the process of developing the draft cycle rickshaw law with public participation in Bihar and Jharkhand.
Nishant has been associated with the People’s Resource Centre since its inception and has been helping in carrying out our research and action work. He is currently a PhD candidate at IIT Delhi and aspires to bring radical changes in the conception and function of cities in India. Some of his published works can be accessed here. Email: nishant[at]prcindia.in
Pooja Tanna has over 5 years of grassroots-level experience of diverse issues such as forest rights, renewable energy, and anti-GMO (Bt Brinjal campaign) etc. which has allowed her to explore the environmental issues from different lenses. She has travelled across Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Maharashtra to gain experience in sustainable agriculture, solid waste management etc. She has previously worked with many civil society initiatives such as Greenpeace India, Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS), Sahjeevan, CARE India, Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) and Jhatkaa.org.
Rajendra Bhise (Raju Bhise) has been active with YUVA Mumbai and Sadbhavana Sangh for more than three decades. Understanding and diagnosing the problems of the city through urban self- government and public participation is the central element of his thinking. Raju is also active with the Right to the City campaign.
Rajendra Ravi is the founding member and the current programme coordinator of People’s Resource Centre. He has been conducting research on the intersection of urban politics and sustainability for more than three decades. He is the director of Institute for Democracy and Sustainability (IDS Delhi), convener of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), and a founding member of Sustainable Urban Mobility Network (SUM Net) India. An author of several books, including the widely acclaimed The Saga of Rickshaw, he has been a regular columnist in prestigious newspapers and magazines and his writings have been published in journals like Economic and Political Weekly.
Ruchi is an architect and urban designer by training and she has worked extensively in the area of design driven and data driven sustainable city initiatives with multiple government and non government agencies in India, USA, Italy, The Netherlands, South Korea, and Ghana. She has co-authored national, city based guidelines and papers on SDG localization, non-motorized transport, complete street design for multiple cities. She is a Dalai Lama fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, and a fellow with Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) India. A flaneuse at heart, she loves traveling, exploring cities, public spaces and their everyday life.
Shalini Sharma is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)-Pune. She is also the oral historian/trustee of the Remember Bhopal Museum, India's first oral history-based museum which is also co-curated by those affected by the 1984 Bhopal industrial disaster. She was a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow at the University of East Anglia in 2018-19, and Assistant Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India from 2013-18. She has a PhD in development studies from SOAS, London. Shalini is an interdisciplinary social scientist interested in city, culture and climate relations.
Sunita Rani is associated with the National Domestic Workers Union. She is also an active member of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM). For the last two decades, she has been striving for the recognition of the democratic rights of domestic women workers. She is a pioneer in the fight against forced labour and legal rehabilitation of domestic workers. She is active in many civil society networks working on urban issues.
Ayushi has completed her Bachelor's from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. As a student of History, her research interests lie on ways to align heritage conservation with modernity. She is also interested in analyzing the effects of infrastructural projects on the gendered power equations within local communities.
Debapriya is currently pursuing a master's degree in Development Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. Her primary areas of research interest are gender and education. She is also keenly interested in understanding the issues of urban governance and sustainability through an interdisciplinary lens, and hopes to explore the same through her work at PRC.
Kirti is an architecture student at JSAA, O.P Jindal Global University. Her inclination towards research stems from her interest in urban planning, infrastructure and its intersectionality. She aims to promote and work for inclusivity and accessibility in the built environment. Working with PRC, she wishes to learn about different approaches to practice these ideologies and connect with various communities and their narratives.
Kunal is in the final stage of his masters in development from Azim Premji University. His interest areas lie in governance, public systems and livelihood and he aspires to influence policy and praxis in these domains in the future. Determined to work at grassroots in the development sector, he has been associated with civil society organisations like SEWA Bharat, Youth for Peace International and Youth Alliance in the past. Kunal thinks that research and action should complement each other and he hopes to incorporate both in his work.
Palash is a Media student at SMCS, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He holds a bachelor's degree in History from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. His primary research interest lies in history, cultural studies, public policy, and climate change. He
believes in creating a synthesis between theory and practice. Palash also aspires to elevate the voices of the common man through filmmaking. At PRC, he hopes to develop an understanding of the complexity of contemporary issues and a sense of how policies can
address rapid, sophisticated change.
Vikash is a sociology postgraduate from Ambedkar University, Delhi. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from GJU S&T Hisar, Haryana. He is pursuing a Masters in English Literature from Kurukshetra University, Haryana. His interest lies in learning more about the social structures and he strives to bring some meaningful changes in the lives of marginalized communities. Vikash has previously worked with Ashoka University as a research intern.