Housing Rights

Between 2014-2016, as a Research Associate on a Ford Foundation funded project anchored at Hyderabad Urban Lab, I conducted ethnographic research across three cities: Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam; collaboratively carried out analysis of policy discourse, geospatial data, and survey data; helped build relationships and networks among grassroots activists and organizations; among other project activities. The goal of the project was to bridge "1) the gap between local experience in different cities and state and national level housing rights strategies; 2) the gap between housing rights and allied rights such as rights to work, education, health and clean environment."


Journal Articles

  • Maringanti, Anant, and Indivar Jonnalagadda. “Rent Gap, Fluid Infrastructure and Population Excess in a Gentrifying Neighbourhood.” City 19, no. 2–3 (May 4, 2015): 365–74.

Book Contributions

  • Hussain, Mohammad Sajjad, Sriharsha Devulapalli, Indivar Jonnalagadda, and Anant Maringanti. “The Neighbourhood Effect: Coexistence of Residential and Occupational Opportunities in ‘Muslim Neighbourhoods’ of Hyderabad.” In Muslims in Telangana: A Discourse on Equity, Development, and Security, edited by G. Sudhir, M. A. Bari, Amir Ullah Khan, and Abdul Shaban, 102–23. Singapore: Springer Nature, 2021.

  • Devulapalli, Harsha, and Indivar Jonnalagadda. “A Civic Mapping Project in an Indian Megacity: The Uses and Challenges of Spatial Data for Critical Research.” In This Is Not an Atlas: A Global Collection of Counter-Cartographies, 120–25. Bielefeld, Germany: transcript Verlag, 2018.

  • Sinha, Nikhilesh, and Indivar Jonnalagadda. “No Entry.” In The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, edited by Alena Ledeneva, 2:250–53. Fringe. London, UK: UCL Press, January 2018.


  • Jonnalagadda, Indivar, and Anindita Mukherjee. “Housing & Informality: Stories from Hyderabad,” Hyderabad Urban Lab, 2016.

Online Posts


  • “Roti, Khata, aur Makaan”, an online repository of resources on housing rights in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh: http://housing.hydlab.in/

Conference Presentations

Paper Presentations

  • “Narratives of Yuddham (War) and Sangham (Solidarity) in Squatter Settlements of Visakhapatnam,” Telugu Studies Workshop on Power and Cultural Production: Philadelphia PA, March 31, 2019.

  • “Political Entrepreneurs in Indian Slums: Changing Contexts of Community Leadership in Hyderabad,” 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA): San Jose CA, November 13, 2018.

  • “Technologies of Invasion: Insurgence and Inducements on Public Land in Coastal Andhra,” 47th Annual Conference on South Asia: Madison WI, October 12, 2018.

  • “Nature and Nuisance: Land-use Ideologies in Indian Cities,” Natures, Penn Anthropology Graduate Symposium: UPenn, Philadelphia PA, April 30, 2018.

  • “The Fieldworker and the Field: (Re)Producing Political Influence in Uncertain Times,” Workshop on Indian Politics in its Vernaculars: Philadelphia PA, March 30, 2018.

  • “Enclaves of Violence: The Case of Squatter Settlements in Visakhapatnam,” International Conference on Re-thinking Cities in the Global South: Mumbai, January 20, 2016.

  • “Citizenship as Embodied and Situated Performance: Notes from Hyderabad,” Conference on Framing India through Perspectives from Elsewhere: Shimla, July 27, 2015. (co-authored with Dr. Anant Maringanti)

  • “The Agrarian Question as the Urban Question: Determinants and Consequences of Circular Migration,” International Conference on Labour and Employment Issues in the Context of Emerging Rural-Urban Continuum: Hyderabad, March 12, 2015. (co-authored with Dr. Anant Maringanti)