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Ayona Datta University College London, UK

Ayona Datta is Senior Lecturer in Citizenship and Belonging in the University of Leeds (Reader in Human Geography in Kings College London from August 2016). Her research and writing uses approaches from sociology, anthropology, feminist and critical geography and broadly focuses on the politics of citizenship and urbanization across the global south. She is co-editor of ‘Translocal Geographies: Spaces, places, connections’ in 2011 and author of ‘The Illegal City: Space, law and gender in a Delhi squatter settlement’ in 2012 published by Ashgate. Her forthcoming co-edited books ‘Fast Cities: Mega-urbanization in the global South’ by Routledge and ‘Ecological Citizenships in the global south’ by Zed Books will be published in 2016. She is author of over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as two films ‘City bypassed’ and City forgotten’. She blogs regularly from ‘the City Inside Out’.