International PhD Scholarship in France: Gender and Urban Governance in South Asia

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A funded PhD position on Gender and Urban Governance is offered by the CNRS, based at the Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud - CEIAS in Paris, and at the Centre de Sciences Humaines, Delhi, for the fieldwork part. Application deadline is on July 22nd 2020.

The ongoing urban transition in South Asia is a major fact in economic and environmental terms, but also in social and political terms. Indeed cities, especially megacities, are privileged sites both for social change (which partly explains their attractiveness) and for political experimentation. One can observe in India, for example, a series of local initiatives (discussed in national debates) that suggest a new status for gender issues in urban governance : free public transport for women, massive construction of public toilets, increased recruitment of women in police, taxi companies created and driven by women etc. These initiatives are very diverse in their ambition and reach, but together they suggest a new consciousness of what is at stake in making urban public space accessible for women. Such stakes are social and economic (women's access to work, education, leisure), but also political (women's capacity to have an impact in elections, as was the case in the latest elections to the legislative assembly of Delhi). Such initiatives deserve all the more to be scrutinized that they happen in societies where women as a whole have been devalorised, and sexual minorities marginalised, in many ways.

This PhD, at the intersection of political science, gender studies and urban studies, will aim at measuring change, understanding its causes and its impact, and if possible, assessing its replicability.


Candidates must have completed a Master 2 (or equivalent) at the time of registration. They must have a training in social sciences (political science, sociology, anthropology, geography…), and have some experience in conducting fieldwork (interviews, ethnography, archives study etc.). They must be fluent in English and comfortable in one South Asian language.

The application will include the following documents:

1. To be posted on the Portail Emploi of CNRS:

- curriculum vitae

- motivation letter

2. To be sent by email to stephanie.tawa-lama-rewal@ehess.fr :

- Research project : a 5 page text mentionning the object of the research, the main research question, the sources and methods considered.

- One or several texts written by the candidate (article, Master dissertation…)

- One recommandation letter

The full details about the application process and candidate profile are available in the link below: