Nupur Joshi

About Nupur Joshi

I am a first-year PhD student in the School of Geography and Development. Originally from the city of Pune in India, I am interested in urban development issues in cities of developing countries. I am passionate about conducting research on poor women's vulnerabilities related to water and sanitation infrastructure and how it impacts their health.

As a Carson Scholar - Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow, I will be conducting my scoping research 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 will be particularly analyzing 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 exposed me to women’s health issues and disproportionate impacts of health policies on women. My past research has also been dedicated to documenting low-income women’s urban lived experiences specifically related to their health and livelihood. Nairobi is of particular interest to me because, its colonial history and urban development trajectory is similar to India, and recent water rationing policies make it an excellent research site to study women’s health and water-sanitation infrastructure in the face of climate change vulnerabilities. Moreover, despite a long presence of aid donors and large-scale interventions, slums in Nairobi remain unequipped with serviceable water and sanitation infrastructure.

On a personal note, I am a trained Bharatnatyam dancer (Indian Classical dance) and one of my dreams is to join my art with my research by using dance to promote dialogues on social justice issues.

Research Interests

  • Urban Planning and Development
  • Critical Infrastructure Studies
  • Climate Vulnerability and Adaptability
  • Women's Mobility, Access and Transport
  • Mixed Methods (Biostatistics, Semi-structured Interviews 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