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Sai Balakrishnan

This is an image of Dr. Sai Balakrishnan holding her daughter. She is sitting in front of a bookcase, while smiling.

Resident Faculty, Unit 2

Dr. Sai Balakrishnan is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, in a joint appointment with DCRP and GMS (Global Metropolitan Studies).&amp Her research and teaching broadly pivot around global urban inequalities. She has worked as an urban planner in the United States, India, and the United Arab Emirates, and as a consultant to the UN-HABITAT, Nairobi. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional ResearchUrban StudiesPacific AffairsEconomic and Political Weekly, and in edited book chapters. Her research has been quoted in media outlets, including The Guardian and Open Magazine. Dr. Balakrishnan’s recent book, Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations along Urban Corridors in India (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019) explores the urbanization of the agrarian countryside in the global south.