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Devanjan Khuntia

Devanjan Khuntia’s expertise is in the sociology of urban space. He aims to understand the complex relationships between neo-liberal global market economy and formation of urban social spaces in contemporary India; sociology of crime: forensic sociology; and political economy of news media in contemporary India and its role in shaping public consciousness.

Prior to taking up the current role at UPES Dehradun in 2022, Devanjan has served in Sharda University, GD Goenka University, and academic and research positions such as Research Associate and Teaching Assistantship for various national and international universities such as University of Gottingen (Germany); National University of Singapore (Singapore); Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), and the Centre for Development Studies (India). He is also a trained Broadcast Journalist having served at various National Media houses in New Delhi that have expertise in crime and investigative journalism.

Devanjan Khuntia have been awarded PhD in sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (Jawaharlal Nehru University). He has an M.Phil in sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (Jawaharlal Nehru University); MA in Rural Development from (Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi); Post Graduate Diploma in Radio & Television Journalism from the Department of Film & Television Studies, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, (New Delhi); and a undergraduate degree in English Literature from Delhi University.

Devanjan’s current research is on ‘Deconstructing social spaces into gendered urban spatialities: A sociological study of Sohna Town’. This study maps the change in land use, change in economic system or change in infrastructural development and the relative primary objectives of accommodating monetary investment interests in Sohna town. This ethnographic study documents and analyses impact of such changes on social space and relating production of social relations and corresponding gender roles.