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Rohit Negi

Assistant Professor

PhD in Geography, Ohio State University

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School of Human Ecology

Education & Research

I have PhD in Geography (Ohio State) and MA in Urban Planning (Illinois). My research interests hinge on the intersections of capital, urban forms and ecology, approached from multiple vantage points but with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and India. My Master’s paper was on environmental politics in Delhi and PhD on the geographies of mineral extraction in Zambia.

Past Employment

  • Visiting Research Fellow, School of Business, Copperbelt University, Zambia 2007-08
  • Visiting Lecturer, Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Edited Volume

Forthcoming, (with Surajit Chakravarty). Space, Planning and Everyday Contestations in Delhi. New Delhi: Springer. Articles in Journals and Book Chapters

  • Negi, R (2014) ‘”Solwezi Mabanga”: Ambivalent Developments on Zambia’s New Mining Frontier’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 40(5): 999-1013. Available here.
  • Negi, R (2013) ‘”You cannot make a camel drink water”: Capital, Geo-history and Contestations in the Zambian Copperbelt’, Geoforum, 45: 240-247.  Available here.
  • Negi, R (2011) ‘The Micropolitics of Mining and Development in Zambia: Insights from the Northwestern Province’, African Studies Quarterly, 12 (2): 27-44. Available here.
  • Negi, R (2011) ‘Mining Boom, Capital and Chiefs in the “New Copperbelt”’, in  A. Fraser and M. Larmer (eds.), Zambia, Mining and Neoliberalism: Boom and Bust on the Globalized Copperbelt. New York: Palgrave-McMillan, 209-236. Pdf
  • Negi, R (2010) ‘Neoliberalism, Environmentalism and Urban Politics in Delhi’, In W. Ahmed, A. Kundu and R. Peet (eds.) New Economic Policy in India: A Critical Analysis. New York: Routledge, 179-198.
  • Cox, Kevin R and R Negi (2010) ‘The State and the Question of Development in Sub-Saharan Africa’, Review of African Political Economy, 37(123): 71-85. Pdf . A version in French is here.
  • Negi, R (2008) ‘Beyond the “Chinese Scramble”: The Political Economy of anti-China Sentiment in Zambia’, African Geographical Review 27: 41-63. Pdf
  • Other Publications (Short articles, Book Reviews etc)
  • 2015. ‘In the time of toxic air’, Himal Southasian, available here.
  • Negi, R (2011) ‘Understanding Somali Piracy: Globalisation, Sovereignty, and Justice’, Economic and Political WeeklyJune 18-24: 35-37. Pdf
  • 2011. Book Review of Tracy Strange and Anne Bayley, ‘Sustainable Development: Linking Economy, Society, Environment’, in The Book Review 35(6): 10-11.
  • 2011. ‘There is no “Africa”’, Himal SouthasianJuly: 50-51. See here.
  • Negi, R and M Auerbach (2009) ‘Primitive Accumulation, Capitalism and Development’, Human Geography2(3): 100-104.2006.
  • Negi, R (2009) ‘The Political Economy of the Global Crisis’, Socialism and Democracy 23(2): 70-76. See here.
  • 2005. Book Review of Kavita Philip, ‘Civilizing Natures: Race, Resources, and Modernity in Colonial South India’, in Social and Cultural Geography7(2): 336-338.
  • 2004. Book Review of Colin Flint (ed). ‘Spaces of Hate: Geographies of Discrimination and Intolerance in the U.S.A.’, in Journal of American Planning Association70(3): 379.

Other Writing

  • 2014. (with Persis Taraporevala), ‘Criminalising Africans in Delhi’s Villages’, Op-ed, The Hindu, see here
  • 2013. ‘African Growth Story: What Next?’, Op-ed, The Tribune, see here
  • 2013. ‘Himachal Pradesh: Back to Nature’, commentary on HP election results, Hardnews January, see here
  • 2012. ‘Making Sense of the Environmental Debate’, Halabol, see here
  • 2012. ‘The Socio-Environmental Politics of Mining in India’, Halabol, see here
  • 2011. ‘Zambian Elections 2011: King Cobra has the Last Laugh’. Hardnews online

Current Research

  • The Materiality of Mobility in Himachal Pradesh
  • Space, Planning and Contestations in Delhi

Professionl Activities/Awards


I am presently working on the following projects:

  • The geopolitics and political ecology of resource extraction: comparative study of mining in Africa and India.
  • Vulnerability in the mid-Himalayas: state development policies, markets, and rural change in Himachal Pradesh.

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