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 Rishika Mukhopadhyay

Rishika Mukhopadhyay

PhD Student

 Amory D386


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


My interest in Human Geography began while pursuing master’s degree at University of Delhi back in 2011. My master’s dissertation focused on changing landscapes and youth cultures of Indian cities. I took the neighbourhood of Mukherjee Nagar in Delhi to show how a resettlement colony has emerged as a youthscape through detailed interview schedule, participant observation and visual ethnography.

I went on to do MPhil in the same University following my masters in 2013. My MPhil dissertation under Dr Aparajita De, ‘Conservation of Heritage through Lived Spaces: A Case Study of Chitpur Road, Kolkata’ engages with the concept of intangible cultural heritage and politics of heritage conservation.

I worked briefly after my MPhil at Maps of India, Delhi and Centre for Social Studies, Surat, Gujarat. I worked as a research associate with Dr Sadan Jha at the centre in a project involving lived experience of a Dalit community in the city of Surat. I was also involved as a research associate in a Fulbright-Nehru scholar’s research project on health care facilities of sex workers in Delhi.      

I joined Exeter Geography in 2017 as a PhD student in an International Excellence Scholarship. I am taking forward my MPhil research and broadly focusing on meaning and practices of heritage in the context of global South. For this research, I am doing ethnography with some craftsperson along a historic road in Kolkata, India. I am closely working with an artist collaborative in Kolkata to understand how different articulations of heritage manifest over space. I am interested to look at the intersectionalities between spatial and temporal in terms of heritage and political economic aspect of making in this research.     

Broad research specialisms

My broad research interests involve Critical Heritage Studies, Postcolonial Urbanisms, Cultural Materialisms and Decolonial thought. In practice, I like to experiment with creative geographies, participatory and more than representational research methods.


MPhil, Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 2016
MA, Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 2013
BSc, Geography, University of Calcutta, 2011



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