Miss Shweta Sharma

BA(Hons), MA, MTech, MSc

Management School

Doctoral Researcher

Assistant Professor - School of Planning and Architecture, India (2014-2018)


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Miss Shweta Sharma
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

I am a graduate in Geography from the University of Delhi India with a post-graduation in urban and regional planning from CEPT University, India as well as a post-graduate degree in transport planning from the University of Leeds, UK. I have published extensively on the theoretical and practical aspects of street vending in Indian cities of Delhi, Chennai and Vijayawada.

Currently at the Centre of Decent Work, I am researching on the decent work conditions for the female street vendors. My research will provide a comprehensive framework where barriers to access productive resources for decent work conditions will be identified through the six dimensions of access proposed by Penchansky and Thomas (1981) and Saurman (2016) (borrowed from the health sciences discipline).The expected outcome of my research will be identification of productive resources and the barriers to access these resources to ensure decent work conditions for women vendors in their workplace. The study concentrates on the capital city of India, Delhi, which has the largest vending population in the country (0.45 million) and has the maximum variety of vending markets.

Before commencing my PhD at the Management School of the University of Sheffield, I was an Assistant Professor at the School of Planning and Architecture in India where I taught modules and took studios on urban and transport planning. I have also worked as a planner in MNCs of India such as Knight Frank, Lea Associates and URS Scott Wilson.


BA (Hons.) - Geography

MA - Geography

MTech - Urban and Regional Planning

MSc - Transport Planning

Research interests

My main research area is exploring the connections between informal economy, decent work and poverty. My research uses both qualitative and quantitative methods for analysis. I am interested on research which leads to social change, especially in the domain of informal economy and policy formulation.


Phd Scholarship - University of Sheffield (Sheffield) (2018)

Phd Studentship - University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) (2012)

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme CSSS – University of Leeds (UK) (2010)

Junior Research Fellowship – University Grants Commission (India) (2006)