Indivar Jonnalagadda


I am a joint Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anthropology and South Asia Studies Department. I am interested in ethnographic approaches to studying urban governance, infrastructure and the informal economy. In the last twoyears, I have carried out field research on questions of housing rights and access to basic services in informal settlements of Hyderabad while working at the Hyderabad Urban Lab.


M.A. in Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2014. B.Sc. in Statistics, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, 2012.

Research Interests

Political economy of land, housing rights movements, technologies of government, citizenship and biopolitics, law and legality, infrastructure, history of urban planning.

Selected Publications

Maringanti, Anant and Indivar Jonnalagadda. “Rent gap, fluid infrastructure and population excess in a gentrifying neighbourhood.” City:analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 19, nos. 2 & 3 (2015): 365-374.Jonnalagadda, Indivar and Sandeep Tanniru. “Rethinking Governance of Public Toilets: Lessons for Swacch Bharat from Hyderabad.” Economic& Political Weekly 49, no. 48 (2014): 41-45.

Graduate Status