GUSP Brownbag 11/15/2019

Fri, November 15, 2019 12:00 PM - Fri, November 15, 2019 1:00 PM at 457 Berkey Hall

FOOD RETAIL NETWORKS: How supply and demand fuel urban informality in Mumbai, India


AICP Assistant Professor, Urban & Regional Planning

Date: Friday, November 15th
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 457 Berkey Hall

In the western world, we have a rampant discussion on urban food environments, using varied terms such as food deserts, food mirages, food regimes, and so on. The food retail system in other parts of the world is often dominated by an informal network of operations that is not captured in mainstream academic discourse or research literature. This talk will provide a snapshot of food availability and access in a metropolis of a developing nation: Mumbai, India.

In Mumbai, the role of density, transportation systems, domestic/household structure, and a bureaucratic system rife with its own challenges have resulted in a distinct infrastructure of food retailIn networks that has harvested forms of inequalities and injustices that inherently fuel this informal economy.