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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 carpet weavers of Bhadohi, U.P, The socio-cultural history of the Kol community in U.P., Dalit leadership and caste politics in village panchayats, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, Families of Muslim prisoners.

Journal Articles (Select)

  • Muslim Women and the Challenge of Religion in Contemporary Mumbai, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 52, Issue No. 42-43, 28 Oct, 2017.

  • 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

  • “Jab Babri Masjid Shaheed Huyi”: Memories of Violence and Its Spatial Remnants in Mumbai in N. Jayaram (ed.) Social Dynamics of the Urban. Exploring Urban Change in South Asia. 2017, Springer, New Delhi.

  • "Remaking the ‘mohalla’: Muslim basti-dwellers and Entrepreneurial Urbanism in Mumbai"
    in SK Chandrashekhar (ed.) Entrepreneurial Urbanism in India, 2017, pp. 137-155, Springer, Singapore.

  • “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.


 Other writing

  • "Indian Muslims are not a homogenous community, so who is the triple talaq verdict for?", The Wire, 26 August 2017.
  • "Maharashrta beef ban verdict: Progressive judgment, but who is benefitting?", Mid-Day, 8 May 2016 (co-author).


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


I am also engaged in a study titled, 'Religious identity and prosperity in urban China' as part of the China India Scholar-Leaders Fellowship, The New School, New York. Fieldwork to commense in 2018.


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

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