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Pipe Politics: Infrastructure and Urban Development in World Class Mumbai

Lisa Bjorkman

Lisa Björkman, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Lisa Björkman, a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, is the author of this week’s India in Transition (IiT) article. In it, she discusses the steady deterioration of Mumbai’s water infrastructure and it’s political implications. Björkman’s book on the topic, Pipe Politics: Mumbai’s Contested Waters (forthcoming, Duke University Press), is the winner of the 2014 Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences.

“The city of Mumbai is… characterized by a growing incongruence between its above-ground form and its below-ground flows, with the result that its water pipes have become increasingly volatile.” Read the full article.