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Dr Qudsiya Contractor

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies , School of Research Methodology

M.A. (TISS, Mumbai),

Qudsiya completed her PhD in 2014 as a Max Planck Institute Doctoral Fellow at the School of Development Studies, TISS. She has previously worked in the development sector on issues of displacement, human rights and urbanisation. She was a visiting fellow at MPI Göttingen in 2015.

Social identities; anthropology of cities and development; communal politics; Health, illness and society.


MA/MPhil Supervision

I am currently supervising diverse MA and MPhil research on topics such as - Muslim politics in Aurangabad; Women's experiences of the conflict in Kashmir; Muslim children and access to education in Gujarat; Caste in Post-Partition Bengal and Carpet weavers in Bhadohi

Journal Articles (Select)

  • Quest for water - Muslims at Mumbai's periphery. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLVII No 29, July 21, 2012.

  • Understanding the impact of involuntary resettlement on women's access to health care in Mumbai, India. Journal of Comparative Social Welfare , 24 (2), 153-163, 2008.

  • Fieldwork and social science research ethics. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, 16 (1), 2008.

 Chapters in Edited Books

  • “Institutionalising peace? – Mohalla committees in contemporary Mumbai”, in Hugo Gorringe, Roger Jeffery and Suryakant Waghmore (eds.) Institutionalising Marginal Actors in South Asia: Processes, practices, policies and pitfalls, 2016, pp. 201-228, Sage, New Delhi.

  • "On the madness of caste - Dalits, Muslims and normalised incivilities in neoliberal India" (co-author) in Brij Mohan (ed.) Global Frontiers of Social Development in theory and practice, 2015, pp. 223-240, Palgrave-Macmillan, New York.

  • “Unwanted in my city – The making of a ‘Muslim slum’ in Mumbai”, in Gayer, L. and Jaffrelot, C. (eds.) Muslims in Indian cities – Trajectories of Marginalisation, 2012, pp. 23-42, Hurst & Co., London.

  • Sanrachnatmak hinsa aur swasthya ke pratiched: Jatiya hinsa aur daliton ke bahishkaran par kuch vichar (co-author) in Imrana Qadeer (ed.) Dalit Mahilaon ka Swasthya evam Adhikar, 2012, pp. 260-271, Penguin, New Delhi. [In Hindi]


  • Uprooted homes, uprooted lives – A study on the impact of resettlement on a slum community in Mumbai, (co-authored with Neha Madhiwala and Meena Gopal), 2006, CEHAT, Mumbai.




I am currently working on a book length manuscript tentatively titled, "Muslim Mumbai: Urban marginality, spatial politics and everyday life"

IDJ 3: Development of deprived castes, tribes and religious minorities

Email: qudsiya.contractor[at]tiss[dot]edu