The project is a collaboration between Queen Mary University of London, UK and O.P. Jindal Global University, India.
Philippa Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at Queen Mary University of London, UK. She has over 14 years of research experience in India (Varanasi, New Delhi and Mumbai) on everyday politics of the state, Hindu-Muslim relations, violence/non-violence and the politics of digital development. Her research has been funded by ESRC UK, Cambridge Humanities Trust, Royal Geographical Society and the British Academy. Philippa’s book Everyday Peace?: Politics, Citizenship and Muslim Lives in India is published by the RGS-IBG Book Series and was awarded the 2016 Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award by the Political Geography Speciality Group at the American Association of Geographers. She is Academic Lead for the Resilient Futures India Initiative at the Queen Mary Global Policy Institute.
Lipika Kamra is an Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts and Humanities, O.P. Jindal Global University, India. She is a political anthropologist who researches on the state, democracy, and development in South Asia. Her current book project examines the relationship between counterinsurgency, statemaking, and development in modern India. Through a combination of ethnographic and historical methods, she studies how counterinsurgency recurs as a primary driver of colonial and postcolonial statemaking in regions associated today with the Maoist insurgency. Parts of this work have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Lipika is now conducting research on how and why women voters participate in elections in India. She is also studying the ways in which digital media is transforming the state and democracy in India.