Nupur Joshi

About Nupur Joshi

I am a PhD student in the School of Geography and Development. I study women's vulnerabilities related to water and sanitation infrastructure in urban informal settlements and how it impacts their health.

As a Carson Scholar - Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow, I am working in Kibera informal settlements, in Nairobi Kenya, to understand the challenges that women face due to inadequate water and sanitation infrastructure in the wake of climate variabilities such as prolonged droughts and intense floods. I analyze how these processes shape women’s perceptions on menstrual health and hygiene.

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. This research project sparked my interest women’s health issues and disproportionate impacts of health policies on women. 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. 

On a personal note, 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.

Research Interests

  • Urban Planning
  • International Development
  • Climate Vulnerability and Adaptability
  • Urban Environmental Health
  • Mixed Methods (participatory qualitative research, statistical analysis and GIS mapping)

Selected Publications

Joshi, N. (2017) Low Income Women’s Right to Sanitation Services in City Public Spaces: A Study of Waste Picker Women in Pune. Environment and Urbanization, Sage Publications.

Joshi, N. Gendered spaces in Marathi folk literature. National Seminar on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Knowledge, August 2015, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gujarat, India

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Contact Information

Nupur Joshi
PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant
Telephone: 520- 358-7145
Office: S595 - FF


M.A., Society and Culture studies - Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (August 2016)

B.A. with majors, Sociology - University of Pune (August 2014)

Diploma. with majors, Women and Development - University of Pune (August 2012)


Courses Taught

Current: Geography and Global Issues with Dr. Mark Kear

Past: History of Urban Tansformations; Master of Urban and Regional Planning (first-year studio) with Dr. Rutul Joshi