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School of Geography

Kavita Dattani


PhD student

Room Number: Geography Building, Room 218


Research interests: sexuality, gender, digital technologies, urbanisation, South Asia, work, citizenship, social reproduction
PhD working title: Sexuality in the Digital City: Pleasure, Violence and Solidarity in Women's Lives in Mumbai
PhD research:
Given the rapid digital uptake in Indian cities, this project seeks to understand its effect on women's every-day sexuality. It does this through three key themes - pleasure, violence and solidarity. Through unpacking their meanings and intersections in women's every-day lives, the project seeks to understand how digital technologies are changing urban life, for women.

  • Professor Kavita Datta
  • Dr Philippa Williams


Conference papers

  • RC21 Conference 2019 - An Uberisation of Domestic Work? Women, Digital Technologies and On-demand Platforms in Delhi and NCR's Domestic Work Sector
  • RGS-IBG Mid Term Conference 2018 – Goventrepreneurism for Good Governance: The Case of Aadhaar

Funding awards

  • 2017 - 2022 Economic and Social Research Council studentship (4 years fully funded PhD and Stipend)
  • 2019 - QMUL Postgraduate Research Fund - £2000
  • 2019 - ESRC Overseas Field Work Fund - £5000
  • 2019 - ESRC LISS-DTP - £600 awarded to organise a one-day writing retreat
  • 2018 - ESRC LISS-DTP - £300 awarded to organise event on 'Ethical Practices in Social Science Research'
  • 2018 - Developing Areas Research Group (DARG) Postgraduate Travel Prize - £800
  • 2018 - Erasmus + Study Abroad Grant - £2500
  • 2018 - QMUL Expeditions Fund - £250


  • Digital mentor for Om Prakash Critical International Development online module - mentored undergraduate students from Stanford University, University of Washington, Florida State University and University of Texas

Positions of Responsibility

  • Research Assistant on QMUL Resilient Futures India Initiative Health Systems Stream
  • London Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership - Security and Governance group PhD representative
  • Developing Areas Research Group postgraduate representative

Academic background

  • MRes Global Development Futures, Queen Mary, University of London
  • MSc Globalisation and Development, SOAS, University of London
  • BA Sociology, University of Nottingham


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