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Ananya Roy


Title/Position: Professor
Department/Faculty/Institution: Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
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 in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches in the fields of urban studies and international development. She holds the Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty & Practice and also serves as Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Previously she served as co-director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Center and as Associate Dean of International and Area Studies.

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., & 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. (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.