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Dr. Sutapa Chattopadhyay
Dr. Sutapa Chattopadhyay

Sutapa Chattopadhyay is Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and Development Studies at StFX. Her areas of interest are gender justice, migrations, development politics, social movements, political ecology, and Indigeneity. Dr. Chattopadhyay’s current research focuses on migrant incarceration, borders, and autonomy in Rome, Italy. A co-edited book titled Migration, Squatting and Radical Autonomy and several peer-reviewed publications have been generated from this research. As well, her previous research on Indigeneity, food sovereignty, emancipatory politics, and development justice has led to many journal articles and a book, Politics of Development and Forced Mobility. Dr. Chattopadhyay publications have appeared in Gender, Place and Culture; ACME; Interface; Population, Place and Space; Environment and Planning D; Geopolitics; and Capitalism Nature Socialism. She has lectured at universities and research institutes across North America and Europe. She is an editor of Interface (a journal for and on social movements) and on the advisory board of ACME (a critical geography journal). As a teacher and a researcher, her objective is to get educated on how and why the world has been organized the way it is and how can she contribute to transforming the world to be a better and equitable place that extends respect to all.

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N. Mohamed, S. Chattopadhyay, and L. Gahman. “Feminist Development Justice as Emancipatory Praxis: Recognising the Knowledge of Social Movements ‘From Below.’” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Forthcoming, 1-25. 

Laurence Cox, Anna Szolucha, Alberto Arribas, Sutapa Chattopadhyay. In press. Handbook on Research Methods and Applications in Social Movements. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Sutapa Chattopadhyay. In press. Making Sense of the Narmada Movements through Adivasi Narratives. Handbook on qualitative methods in social movements. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Alberto Arribas, Anna Szolucha, Sutapa Chattopadhyay, and Laurence Cox. In press. “How can we research social movements? An Introduction.” Handbook on Qualitative Methods in Social Movements. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 

Riley Olstead and Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2023Circles and lines: Indigenous ontologies and (ethically) decolonizing climate change education. Settler Colonial Studies. Taylor and Francis Group. Impact Factor – 1.09.

Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2022. Politics of Development and Forced Mobility: Gender, Indigeneity, Ecology – Mobility and Politics Series. London: Palgrave. 

Sutapa Chattopadhyay and Pierpaolo Mudu. 2022. Introduction to the Special Issue: Rethinking the ‘Migrant Position’ Around Contested Discourses and Practices. Geopolitics. Taylor and Francis Group. Impact Factor 3.29.

Sutapa Chattopadhyay and James Tyner. 2020. “Lives in Waiting.” Geopolitics.  Taylor and Francis Group. 27 (4): 1231-1256. Impact Factor 3.29.

Levi Gahman, Johannah Rae Reyes, Tina Miller, Raegan Gibbings, Amy Cohen, Adaeze Greenidge, and Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2020. “Activist Geographies.” In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, edited by A. Kobayashi. 2nd ed. Elsevier.

Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2019. Borders Re/Make Bodies and Bodies Are Made to Make Borders: Storying Migrant Trajectories – Border Imperialism Special Issue. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.

Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2019. Introduction to the Special Issue. Violence on Bodies: Space, Social reproduction and Intersectionality. Gender, Place and Culture. Taylor and Francis Group.

Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2019. “Infiltrating Academy Through Anarcha – (Eco)feminist Pedagogical Framework.” Capitalism Nature Socialism. Taylor and Francis Group.

Mudu Pierpaolo and Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2016. Migration, Squatting and Radical Autonomy. Routledge – Space, Place, Politics Series.

Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2016. “Caliban and the Witch and Bodily Geographies.” Gender, Place and Culture. Taylor and Francis Group.

Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2014. “Post-colonial Development State, Primitive Accumulation of Nature and Social Transformation of Ousted Adivasis in the Narmada Valley.” Capitalism Nature Socialism. 25 (4): 65-84.



Laurence Cox and Sutapa Chattopadhyay. 2021. Editorial – Open issue. Interface: A Journal for and About Social Movement. 13 (1): 1­–6.

Media Areas: Migration; Development Politics; Political Ecology; South Asia