Natasha Cornea


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Everyday governance, urban political ecology, South Asian cities, urban environmental politics


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Dr Natasha Cornea’s research sits at the intersections of urban and development geographies, focussing on urban environmental governance and urban politics, primarily in South Asian cities. She is particularly interested in everyday practices and the actually-existing city.  Conceptually her research draws on post-structuralist and situated approaches to urban political ecology, the everyday state and everyday governance.  


Dr Cornea joined the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham in February 2018 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2022. Prior to coming to Birmingham, she was a Swiss National Science Foundation funded Visiting Research Fellow at University College London. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • G Geography (General)
  • Urban Geography
  • Urban Political Ecology
  • India
  • Zambia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Governance


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