This project investigates how climate-related migrants secure access to urban infrastructures and services, and how they negotiate living alongside existing residents.
Dr Mayanka Mukherji is a Social Anthropology Fellow at the London School of Economics.
Her research projects focus on the everyday life of cities, specifically London and New Delhi. For her doctoral research, she looked at empty houses in central London, carrying out ethnographic fieldwork in council estates and luxury squares in Chelsea, focussing on the practices of care and belonging that emerged alongside emptiness.
For her postdoctoral research, she looked at the everyday life of plastics as a dynamic urban object moving through Delhi. She has carried out ethnographic fieldwork with informal waste workers and trash dealers to explore the informal economies and migrant livelihoods generated by plastics.
Alongside academic work, she also runs mentoring sessions with low-income tenants in Brent, London, and runs community engagement workshops for architects working on urban regeneration.