About Saurabh Arora


Saurabh Arora is Senior Lecturer in Technology and Innovation for Development at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex. Prior to joining SPRU in January 2014, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. Saurabh completed his PhD in 2009 from Maastricht University, with a thesis focused on networked politics of knowledge sharing and agricultural innovation in and around a south Indian village. Prior to that, he was trained as an Engineer at University of Minnesota (USA) and National Institute of Technology, Surat (India).

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To struggle against and to build with: what does student activism in Delhi mean for pathways to justice?

At the weekend, Umar Khalid, one of the six student activists accused in Delhi’s ‘anti-nationalism scandal’ unfolded by the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Modi, returned to the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). In a rousing speech on Sunday night, he made a persuasive case for “anti-nationals of the world [to] unite”. Echoing…

Rethinking ‘smart’ in India: The city as an ecology of practices

Last week, the government of India announced the names of the first 20 cities slated to become ‘smart’. These are the winners of the recently concluded ‘Smart City Challenge’. The government claims that smartening the cities will make them inclusive and sustainable, through the adoption of ‘smart solutions’. In one city, plans include a digital…