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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 the 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 intangibility and politics in heritage conservation, identity and placemaking concerning heritage, production of space and urban redevelopment through heritage discourse.

I worked for one and a half year after my MPhil as a research associate at Maps of India, Delhi and Centre for Social Studies, Surat, Gujarat. I worked with Dr Sadan Jha at the centre, in the project ‘Capital, Labour and the City: Unorganised Sector and the Social Fabric of Surat’ project, where I was involved in studying the lived experience of a Dalit community in the city of Surat. I was also appointed as a research associate in a Fulbright-Nehru scholar’s research project on health care facilities and social stigmas around sex work 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 craftsperson from four craft clusters 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 craft practices in this research.     

Broad research specialisms

My broad research interests involve Critical Heritage Studies, Southern Urbanisms, Art and Activism, Diverse Economies 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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Research projects

Rishika's dissertation, 'Of People, Place and Practices: Chitpur Road's Heritage Through Time and Space", focuses on the four craft clusters along Chitpur Road, Kolkata and the work initiatives of organisations like Chitpur Craft Collective to understand how different articulations of heritage manifest over space.  Through this process, Rishika examines the political-economic aspect of craft along the road and how postcolonial urban condition has shaped the practices. Overall this research speaks to the larger scholarship of Critical Heritage Studies, Art and Politics, Diverse Economies and Southern Urbanism. It is also an experiment on creative research methods which are participatory in nature, as Rishika firmly believes in co-creation of knowledge production.

Supervisor: Nicola Thomas , Caitlin Desilvey

Funding: International Excellence Scholarship, UoE


Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category

Journal articles

(2017). Charting Ethnic Violence through the Lens of Heritage: Engaging with the Indo-Chinese Population of Kolkata. Prace Etnograficzne, 45(2).

Publications by year


(2017). Charting Ethnic Violence through the Lens of Heritage: Engaging with the Indo-Chinese Population of Kolkata. Prace Etnograficzne, 45(2).

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External Engagement and Impact

Association for Critical Heritage Studies-Committee member of Intangible Cultural Heritage Chapter,

Chitpur Craft Collective, member:


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