- PhD: Durham University, United Kingdom, Geography
Madhumita Dutta completed her PhD in (Labor) Geography in 2016 from the University of Durham, United Kingdom. She is currently a Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the Center for Global Workers’ Rights in the School of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, College of the Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University.
Her doctoral thesis is titled ‘Gendering Labour Geography: Mapping women’s world of labour through everyday geographies of work-life at a Special Economic Zone in Tamil Nadu, India’. The thesis explores the social relations and processes that shape women’s geographies of work in the everyday context of life within which work is located. The thesis is available online at: http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/11679/
Prior to the PhD, Madhumita has been an activist in India for over sixteen years, working with communities resisting forcible takeover of their livelihoods sources, as well as destruction of their social and cultural habitats. She drew her inspiration as an activist from the struggles for justice and dignity of the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in India and is a volunteer for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. As an activist, she travelled widely across India working with communities struggling against the excesses of the state and corporate power, sometimes as a freelance researcher-writer-activist. She has written articles for Indian newspapers such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Hindustan Times; magazines like Tehelka, journals-Economic and Political Weekly, popular blogs - Kafila, Counter Current; news portals –The Wire, and activist pamphlets and reports.