Where Are the Real 'Slums' in Bangalore? (2013-2014)

Using satellite images, iterated with ground verifications and accompanied by household interviews, this project team examined a typology of low-income settlements in Bangalore. Making up half or more of the population in several cities like Nairobi and Mumbai, slums cover a range of types with vastly varying characters. Concrete buildings, at the high end, are homes to a lower-middle class invested in upward mobility. But at the low end, each day is a struggle for survival and from day to day there is little sense that things are better. In between, there are two (and possibly three) other types of slums. Uncovering what is behind the visible differences will help frame better-informed slum policies in the future. Recommendations for other cities can be similarly developed.



This Team in the News

'Real' Slums of Bangalore Surveyed by Bass Connections Team

See related team, Where Are the Real 'Slums' in Bangalore? (2014-2015).

Faculty/Staff Team Members

Anirudh Krishna, Sanford School of Public Policy*
Grady Lenkin, Sanford School of Public Policy
Erik Wibbels, Arts & Sciences-Political Science*

Graduate Team Members

Jennifer Stratton, MFA/Experimental and Doc Arts

Undergraduate Team Members

Madhumita Ganesh, Economics (BS)

Community Team Members

Indian Institute of Management
Jana Urban Foundation

* denotes team leader


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