Gendered violence and urban transformation in India and South Africa

This is a comparative study of the multiple factors arising from urban transformation that contribute to gendered violence against women in two major cities located in the Global South – Delhi NCR (National Capital Region) and Johannesburg.

Nandini Gooptu leads the Delhi part of the project, focussed on Gurgaon (Gurugram), along with Professor Sanjay Srivastava (University College London, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi) and working with a team of researchers based at Cambridge and Delhi.

The research addresses how recent urban transformation in the context of globalisation and economic liberalisation in India has affected gender roles and women’s lives, covering work and leisure as well as domestic, social and community relations. The project will seek to explain how these changes have influenced women’s experience and perception of violence in public and private.

The project is led by Cambridge, in collaboration with Oxford, the University of Johannesburg, Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Kampala, and the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi.

Nandini Gooptu
Associate Professor of South Asian Studies
Professor Sanjay Srivastava
University College London, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi