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School of Geography

Ekta Oza


PhD student



PhD Project: Children and Young People as Political Beings: Voice, Everyday Life and Protest in India-Occupied Kashmir

Research Interests: geographies of childhood, political agency, psychoanalysis and affect studies.


  • Professor Catherine Nash, School of Geography, QMUL
  • Dr Philippa Williams, School of Geography, QMUL


  • QMUL Research Studentship (tuition fees and living expenses)
  • QMUL Postgraduate Research Fund

Academic background

MA Psychology (Psychosocial-Clinical Studies), Ambedkar University, Delhi, India

BA Psychology, Sociology and Economics, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, India


Lead researcher and author of the book, 'Restless in the City: Conversations with Young People in Resettlement Colonies' (2021), SAGE-Yoda Press. 

Oza, E and Grover, S (2018) In the Midst of the City: Exploring the Structural Discriminations, Relationships and Aspirations of Young People Living in Resettlement Colonies, Nirantar Trust

Oza, E; Thakur, P and Khan, H (2017) ‘Dehleez se Pare’, Nirantar Trust

Conference Presentations

‘Social Media Affect and Everyday Digital-Political Life in India’, RAI Anthropology and Geography, London, UK, 14-18 September 2020.

‘Understanding the Self and the Other through Technology’, Urban ARC 2018 - City and Technology, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bangalore, India, 11-13 January 2018.


Queen Mary Global Policy Institute, ‘Solidarities and New Partnerships during the Pandemic – CSOs in Brazil and India Counter Funding Restrictions and Changing Demands’, Benedetta Zocchi, Ekta Oza and Nuni Jorgensen, April 15, 2021 (MigPanBrIn).

TARSHI, Friendship and Sexuality, ‘Dosti, main love and someone special’, Ekta Oza and Sonam Grover, February 13, 2018.

TARSHI, The I Column, ‘Being Thin…Being Me’, Ekta Oza, December 1, 2014.

Research Work at Queen Mary:

Research Assistant, project title: ‘Migration, Pandemic and Responses from the Third Sector: Lessons from Brazil and India’ (February – April 2021), with Project Leads Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza (School of Geography) and Professor Parvati Nair (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film), MigPanBrIn.


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