Nupur Joshi

Ph.D. Candidate

Graduate Research Assistant

I am a Ph.D. student in the School of Geography and Development and a Carson Scholar-Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow.

I do fieldwork in low-income settlements of Nairobi Kenya, to understand water governance and infrastructure operations of Informal Water Service Providers (IWSPs), locally called 'water cartels'. My doctoral research examines the dynamics of water informality in these settlements to evaluate how the system can be leveraged to ensure affordable, uninterrupted and clean water supply to its poor inhabitants. It also analyses women’s perspectives and experiences of the system, and overall social and health impacts of it, through a mixed-methods approach.

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a research associate at J-PAL South Asia, on a project that analyzed the effect of financial incentives in increasing detection rates for tuberculosis in India. My past research in India also analyzed low-income women’s urban lived experiences related to mobility, access to water and sanitation, and informal trash collection. 

I am a trained Bharatnatyam dancer (Indian Classical dance) and one of my dreams is to integrate my creative passion and my research to promote dialogues on social justice issues.