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Ananya Roy


Title/Position: Professor and Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy; Director, Institute on Inequality and Democracy  
Department/Faculty/Institution: Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA
Degree(s)/School(s): Ph.D. (Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley); B.A. in Comparative Urban Studies (Mills College)

MCRI Involvement: Advisory Board Member

Background: Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare and inaugural Director of The Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin.  She holds The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy.  Previously she was on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where she founded and played a leadership role in several academic programs, centers, and divisions, including Urban Studies, Global Metropolitan Studies, International and Area Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies, and Global Poverty and Practice.

Roy is the author of several books including Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge, 2010), which received the 2011 Paul Davidoff Book Award. In 2006, Roy was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor UC Berkeley bestows on its faculty.  She was named 2009 California Professor of the Year by CASE/ Carnegie Foundation. Most recently Roy received the 2011 Excellence in Achievement Award of the California Alumni Association.

Roy serves on the editorial boards of Public Culture, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (and the Studies in Urban and Social Change book series), Planning Theory, Planning Theory and Practice, and is co-editor of Territory, Politics, and Governance.  At UC Berkeley, she leads a digital and social media initiative, The #GlobalPOV project. Along with Clare Talwalker, she is the founding editor of a new book series with the University of California Press, titled Poverty, Interrupted.  Roy is currently completing an edited book, Territories of Poverty, which will appear next year in the Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series of the University of Georgia Press.

Selected Publications:


Roy, A., Opoku-Agyemang, K., Negrón-Gonzales, G.Talwalker, C. (2016) Encountering Poverty. University of California Press, forthcoming.

Roy, A., Crane, E.S., Eds. (2015) Territories of Poverty: Rethinking North and South. University of Georgia Press, Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series.

Roy, A., & Ong, A. (2011). Worlding cities: Asian experiments and the art of being global. Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Roy, A. (2010). Poverty capital: Microfinance and the making of development. New York: Routledge.

Roy, A., & Perlman, D.(2009). The practice of international health: A case-based orientation. New York ; Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Roy, A., & AlSayyad, N. (2004). Urban informality: Transnational perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books.

Roy, A. (2003). City requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the politics of poverty. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Roy, A. (2016). “What is Urban about Critical Urban Theory?” Urban Geography, forthcoming.

Roy, A. (2015). “Who is Afraid of Postcolonial Theory?” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, forthcoming.

Roy, A., Schrader, S., Crane, E.S. (2014). “The Anti-Poverty Hoax: Development, Pacification, and the Making of Community in the Global 1960s” Cities,  published online, forthcoming in print.

Roy, A. (2014). “Slum-Free Cities of the Asian Century: Postcolonial Government and the Project of Inclusive Growth” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 35:1, 136-150.

Roy, A. (2012). Ethnographic Circulations: Space-Time Relations in the Worlds of Poverty Management. Environment and Planning A, vol. 44, p. 31-41.

Roy, A. (2012). Subjects of Risk: Technologies of Gender in the Making of Millennial Development. Public Culture, vol24:1, p. 131-155.

Roy, A. (2011). Critical Transnationalism: Placing Planning in the World. Journal of Planning Education and Research, published OnlineFirst, April 20 2011, p. 1-10.

Roy, A. (2011). Slumdog Cities: Rethinking Subaltern Urbanism. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol35:2, p. 223-238.

Roy, A. (2011). Urbanisms, Worlding Practices, and the Theory of Planning. Planning Theory, vol10:1, p. 6-15.

Roy, A. (2009).Civic Governmentality: The Politics of Inclusion in Beirut and Mumbai. Antipode, vol41:1, p. 159-179.

Roy, A. (2009). Why India Cannot Plan Its Cities: Informality, Insurgence, and the Idiom of Urbanization. Planning Theory,vol. 8:1, p. 76-87.

Roy, A. (2009). The 21st Century Metropolis: New Geographies of Theory. Regional Studies, vol. 43:6, p. 819-830.