Uttara Purandare

Research Topic

Smart cities, urban policy, technology, data, privacy, gender.
Can unsafe be smart? Smart city governance and women’s safety in urban India

Conference Presentations

Monash SPS Graduate Symposium, Monash University, October 2020, Melbourne Paper title: Investigating the COVID-19 Responsiveness of 5 Indian Smart Cities

Urban Annual Research Conference, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, January 2021, Bangalore
Paper title: Women in Smart Cities: Imagined or Imaginary?

The Arts, Knowledge, and Critique in the Digital Age in India, IIT Hyderabad, Hyderabad, November 28-29, 2019
Paper title: Digital Technologies and Urban Governance: Digitising without Democratising?

Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures, York University, Toronto, September 26-28, 2019
Paper title: Obscuring the Margins: India’s ‘Smart Cities’ Policy

The Smart City Mission: Policy recommendations to improve the synergy between the city and technology, Annual Research Conference, Indian Institute of Human Settlement’s (IIHS), Bengaluru, January 2018


Surveilling the Virus , March 31 2020.

Purandare, U. and Parkar, K. (2021) “Eyes and Ears”: Surveillance in the Indian Smart City. In Augusto J.C. (ed) Handbook of Smart Cities. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15145-4_60-1

To Govern Smart Cities, Data Is No More Than A Tool , Dec 11 2019

Electoral Bonds: Ensuring Transparency In The Electoral Process? , May 8 2019

Previously Held Positions

Smitu Kothari Fellow, 2020, Centre for Financial Accountability, New Delhi. .

Researcher in the ‘Surviving Violence: Everyday resilience and gender justice in rural-urban India’ project under the Resilient Futures of India Initiative (RFII) .