Dr. Amita Bhide is currently Professor and Dean, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has been teaching and researching at the Institute for over twenty years.
She has been deeply involved in issues of urban poverty, livelihoods and advocacy linked to the same in Mumbai and in other cities in India. She has contributed to social movements and to various committees of the state government on the subjects of housing and poverty.
Professor Bhide’s recent work at the School of Habitat Studies has been on urban governance reforms, housing and land issues with a focus on small and medium towns and urban violence. Her recent publications include ‘The Regularising State’, ‘Comparing Informalities’ and ‘Colonising the Slum’ –the last paper is based on research conducted with the support of IDRC on structural violence in cities of global South.