MSc Urban Development Planning Fieldtrip Report 2009
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We humbly offer our gratitude to the staff of SPARC who graciously coordinated our fieldresearch. We would like to especially thank Sheela Patel, Director of SPARC, Sundar Burra, Senior Advisor to SPARC, and Aseena Viccjee, Systems Manager of SPARC andNIRMAN. We are also grateful to have had the skilled interpretation and support fromTara Paulose and Maria Lobo, the patience and openness of the women of MahilaMilan, particularly the Mahila Milan Executive Committee members Laxmi Naidu, SaginaAnsari, and Shenaz Sheikh. And we are thankful for the time that we were able to spendwith Rahine Ali Sheikh of the Laloobhai Cooperative Housing Society, the womencommunity leaders, and the residents of Laloobhai who shared with us their hopes,frustrations, and aspirations for the future.Also, our team benefited tremendously from the thoughtful presentations of the followingpeople all of whom gave generously of their time as they shared their knowledge andexpertise in an effort to help us better understand the dynamic and complex context inwhich we endeavoured to carry out our research:Nigel Harris, Ruth McLeod, Sunil Kumar, Sarah Stavrakakis, Ian Morris, Anirudh Paul,Sitaram Kunte, Neera Adarkar, V.K. Phatak, Gautam Chatterjee, A. Jockin, MilandMhaiskar, Neetin Khedkar, Milind Mhaiskar, Mr. V.K. Pathak, U.P.S. Madan, S.K. Joshi, A.K.Jockin, Shirish Patel, Kalpana Sharma, and S.S. Shinde.And finally we would like to gratefully acknowledge the excellent coordination, strongacademic support, enduring patience, and grace of our course directors, Eleni Kyrouand Caren Levy.