Dr. Ravi Ghadge received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His research interests include urban sociology (Asian urbanism, urban politics, urban social movements), sociology of development (dynamic of growth and inequality, emerging economies and urban development), and global and transnational sociology (politics of global city making, urban development discourses). He is particularly drawn to the question of how development planning in emerging economies addresses social inequality. Empirically, he studies this through his research on urban development, which has emerged as a key problematic that seeks to balance high growth and reduction in poverty and inequality in Asia. In his most recent case study of Mumbai—India’s “global city”—he has explored competing claims of urban development among diverse stakeholders in Mumbai (including planners, business associations, civic organizations, activists, and poor peoples’ movements). In doing this, his research problematizes taken-for-granted assumptions of growth and advocates for broad-based inclusive development. His current research focuses on the broader social implications of “smart city” planning, which has emerged as a new global urban development strategy. His research has been published in City and Community and Journal of Interdisciplinary Policy Research and Action.
Dr. Ghadge teaches Comparative and Transnational Sociology, Sociology of South Asia, and Introduction to Sociology.