Sukanya Krishnamurthy


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Topics include: comparative urbanism, children geographies, participatory practices

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Personal profile


I am an urban geographer who engages in research about how cities can use their resources and values for better sustainable development. By working with communities and local experts, I aim to build contextual knowledge and capacity, that contributes to urban theory and planning. I received a Ph.D. in Urban Studies (Germany, 2012), a post graduate diploma in Urban Studies (Germany, 2008), and a Bachelor’s in architecture (India, 2006). Previously, I held a tenured post with the Chair of Urbanism at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands, 2014-19), and a Sessional Lecturer at the School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University (Canada, 2013-14), and various researcher positions in Canada and Germany. At the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, I am a Chancellors Fellow/ Senior Lecturer within Geography and the Lived Environment. Over the last years my research interests have coalesced around place-making and participatory approaches, urban cultures and representation, society and smart urbanism. Some lines of inquiry include, how urban spaces are accessed/ consumed by children and child-minders, mapping everyday lives of children, and developing capacity to address challenges related to inclusive planning. This work has been supported through funding from the EU, NWO, and third sector grants. I also serve as a board member on various civic society associations (Apolitical, Play Scotland) and actively work with local and national governments to link research and policy. 

External positions

Visiting Faculty , TU/e, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

1 Apr 2019 → …


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