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MCC Student Among Inaugural Urban Doctoral Fellows

First year PhD student Sandeep Mertia has been named an NYU Urban Fellow. The new university-wide program aims to increase collaboration and scholarly discourse among a diverse set of faculty and students engaged in urban research. The competitive fellowship is awarded annually to 8 NYU students and lasts for the individual’s entire tenure at the university.  

With a background in engineering, Mertia has spent the last several years as a Research Associate at the Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, in Delhi. He joined the doctoral program in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication this year to continue his research on data-driven urbanisms and computational cultures in India. His scholarly interests center around technology and computational knowledge production in India, resonating with larger discussions around development, smart cities, and infrastructure in the global south.

In an article published last year for the journal Fibreculture, Mertia examines the social and technological implications of the techno-urban or ‘smart city’ phenomenon.