Nupur Joshi

About Nupur Joshi

I am a PhD 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.

Research Interests

  • International Development
  • Urban Environmental Health
  • Gender and Climate Vulnerability
  • Mixed Methods Research

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.

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Contact Information

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

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