Centre for Policy Research, India June 1, 2013 – August 25, 2013
Radhika worked with affiliates of CPR on research examining linkages between state-citizen interactions, the delivery of public services, and household wellbeing in the slums of greater Delhi. She analyzed data from surveys, interviews, and ethnographies to explore intra-slum heterogeneity in household engagement with political actors and access to basic public services, such as sanitation and waste collection, and the resulting effects on health conditions. The study provided theoretical and empirical contributions on the nature and formation of political institutions in urban slums, the role women play within these institutions, how gender influences slum dweller interactions with state actors, and how this may affect household outcomes in urban slums. Findings informed policy discussions on the incorporation of the poor into cities and how public services may be effectively delivered to them.