25 May 2022

Welcome to newest UI Associate - Ankit Kumar

We are excited to introduce Ankit, whose research interests are situated around climate and energy justice in the global South and driven by critical development studies, postcolonial studies and environmental geographies.

Ankit Kumar
Ankit Kumar

Ankit is a Lecturer in Development and Environment at the Department of Geography.

Ankit is working on what he broadly defines as postcolonial/anticolonial approaches for climate and energy justice. He is especially thinking through the ideas of the Anthropocene and anticolonial politics to enquire the space for climate justice within the dilemma of finding unity in a climate-changed world while keeping a politics of difference alive

He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven Institute of Technology (TU/e) from 2016 to 2020.

In the last 10 years he has contributed to three main sub-fields of energy and climate geographies:

  • Critical development geographies of energy: here Ankit made contributions on understanding improvisation, governance, and community energy.
  • Energy cultures: this includes understanding the role of meanings of light and dark in propagating social and cultural practices.
  • Energy justice and ‘smartness’: here I have contributed to defining the idea of smartness from a socio-cultural and postcolonial perspectives.

Ankit's research will contribute to the UI theme on Climate Urbanism

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