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Jaideep Gupte - Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Co-Leader

Cities; Conflict and Violence
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Dr Jaideep Gupte is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, where he co-leads the Cities Cluster and co-convenes the MA in Poverty and Development. He is currently seconded part-time to lead the Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure portfolio of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Gupte’s research is on urban violence, poverty and development. His other research interests and expertise include urban inclusion, justice/security in informal settlements, and using GIS/GPS aided mobile data collection platforms for spatial research.

He is currently the Principal Investigator on ‘Smart Data for Inclusive Cities’ funded by the European Commission; Gupte’s research has received the Global Development Network Medal for Outstanding Research, Category: Rule of Law. He was formerly Fellow of the Urban Design Research Institute, Mumbai.

Gupte has conducted primary research in South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Nepal) and sub-Saharan Africa (Sudan, Nigeria).

The “Capacity Building for Smart Data and Inclusive Cities” (SDIC) project aims strengthen technical and institutional capacities by working directly with municipal authorities participating in the Smart Cities Mission in four secondary cities in India: Bhopal and Jabalpur (in Madhya Pradesh) and Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi (in Kerala).

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This project examines the role of peri-urban spaces in urban expansion and how resilience can be fostered in these contexts.

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Addressing security and inclusion in cities as universal issues, at this side-event we will focus on how well-managed urbanisation can revitalise urban spaces that had either been lost to violence or suffered from a lack of access to basic services and neglect.

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Cities have long been recognised as not only the firm centres of government in the global north and south, but also as central to the processes of state consolidation, transformation and erosion (as seen in the work of Charles Tilly in the 1980s and 1990s).

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Cities have for long been recognised as not only the firm centres of government in the global north and south, but also central to the processes of state consolidation, transformation and erosion (as seen in the work of Charles Tilly in the 1980s and 1990s).

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The aim of this project is to develop training videos for urban police that can be accessed via mobiles. This kind of platform allows the videos to be centrally updated, accessed (or ‘pushed’) on demand, and also allow for an innovative addition to police performance monitoring.

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Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme.

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Analysing how the relationship between populations living in contexts of violence and armed non-state actors controlling or contesting those areas results in forms of local governance and order, and how this affects people's livelihoods.

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Assessing current livelihood strategies and options available to vulnerable communities living in Darfur.

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A five-year research programme, taking an innovative micro level, multidisciplinary approach to studying the conflict cycle.

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Wellbeing and Urban Governance: Who Fails, Survives or Thrives in Informal Settlements in Bangladeshi Cities?

Cities 72. Part B. (2017)

In this paper we present the case for understanding towns and cities in terms of levels of human wellbeing achieved by the people who live in them. More details

Resilience as a Policy Narrative: Potentials and Limits in the Context of Urban Planning

Climate and Development 10.2 (2017)

The aim of this paper is to analyse the emergence of the concept of 'urban resilience' in the literature and to assess its potentials and limitations as an element of policy planning. More details


Inclusive Urbanisation and Cities in the Twenty-First Century

IDS Evidence Report 220 (2017)

In academic and policy discourse, urbanisation and cities are currently receiving a great deal of attention, and rightly so. Both have been central to the enormous transformation the world has been going through during the past few centuries. More details

IDS publications on international development research

‘These Streets Are Ours’: Mumbai’s Urban Form and Security in the Vernacular

Peacebuilding (2017)

Using detailed case study material from a group of inner-city neighbourhoods in Mumbai, India, the article suggests that urban form in its physical, political and historical characterisations not only influences how vigilante protection operates, but also interacts in a non-benign manner with the mechanics by which the state endeavours to control violence. More details


Creating Safe and Inclusive Cities That Leave No One Behind

IDS Policy Briefing 128 (2016)

Half of humanity now lives in urban areas, and a growing number of cities are leading the way in generating global GDP. However, cities have increasingly become key loci of violence over the last 50 years, which particularly affects the most marginalised. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Building Inclusive Secure Societies; Conflict Violence and Security; Urbanisation; Habitat III and New Urban Agenda; Youth Employment and Politics.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Addressing and Mitigating Violence; Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; Sub Saharan Africa; Bangladesh; India; Nigeria.