student profile: Ms Pratichi Chatterjee


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Urban transitions-Redevelopment, gentrification and changing people-place relations

Supervisors: Maria De Lourdes MELO ZURITA , Phil MCMANUS , Kurt IVESON , Dallas ROGERS

Thesis abstract:

My research is in urban geography, where my interests lie in how entire neighbourhoods and suburbs change through processes of redevelopment and gentrification, whether that be through large housing and infrastructure projects, or through slower demographic, economic and ideological shifts. Adopting a political-economy and settler-colonial lens I look at the ways in which planning, valuation and land and housing legislation and policy enable and create such changes, as well as the broader social and economic objectives that guide them.

The work I do also tries to understand the ways in which such changes shape people's everday lives, particularly the relationships of ownership and belonging they feel towards their homes and neighbourhoods, and how the quality of that relationship change is shaped by their own housing situation, and natre of tenure, as well as the role played by the different state, market and non governmental bodies that drive urban transformation processes. Alongside this lived microcosm of change my work explores the broader classed and racialised character of such shifts.

The ethical impetus for my research or rather the questions of social justice I am concered with include:
for which categories of people should urban space be produced, who should have ownership over such space and hold the decision making power in urban change processes, are displacement and social upheval ever justifiable in such contexts, and to what extent should people-place relationships should be valued when such changes are enforced.

Currently my research is based in Sydney, in the suburbs of Waterloo and Redfern, Marrickville, and Homebush and St Peters which are affected by the WestConnex project.

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