Professor Ayona Datta is author of The Illegal City: Space, law and gender in a Delhi squatter settlement (2012), co-editor of Mega-urbanization in the global South: Fast cities and new urban utopias of the postcolonial state (2017) and Translocal Geographies: Spaces, places, connections (2011).
She is co-editor of the journal Urban Geography, on editorial board member of various other international journals, and trustee for the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) Foundation. Her research has been funded by the European Research Council, SNSF, ESRC, AHRC and British Academy. She is known for her participatory research and arts-based co-production with marginalised communities. She is the producer/director of two films, ‘City Bypassed’ and ‘City Forgotten,’ and numerous contributions for ConversationUK, The Guardian and openDemocracy. In 2019, Datta was awarded the Busk Medal from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for her research on smart cities.