Boundary spanning in Delhi’s informal settlements

Building on CPR’s body of work on state-citizen relationships in Delhi, the project seeks to understand ‘boundary-spanning’ activities in community-led urban regeneration. Specifically, the project examines the role of ‘boundary spanners’—those who provide interfaces between self-organised citizens, local community and government institutions—with reference to different settlements in Delhi. By mapping urban regeneration processes in three case sites in Delhi: an unauthorised colony (UAC), a regularised unauthorised colony (RUAC) and a jhuggi-jhopri cluster (JJC), and the role of the various actors therein, the study is intended as a contribution to our understanding of the ongoing urbanisation processes in the city’s informal settlements.

This comparative research with case studies from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and India is being collaboratively undertaken with researchers at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam. The Netherlands-based institution is also supporting the project