|Ms. Mona Luxion is a Ph.D. student in urban planning, policy and design at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She holds degrees with honors from Oxford Brookes University, U.K. and Ball State University, Indiana and has worked in architecture and human rights advocacy as well as academia. Broadly speaking, her research interests include development planning, just cities and urban India. The project funded by this Fulbright-Nehru research grant will contribute to Ms. Luxion’s doctoral dissertation, which focuses on urban governance relative to water and sanitation services (WSS) in small and medium-sized Indian cities. In the longer term, she hopes to continue working on India, and looks forward to a career that blends research, advocacy and teaching with opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration.
As the world’s population moves steadily into urban areas, particularly in the global South, and global poverty becomes characterized by urban slums, Ms. Luxion’s Fulbright research project, “Increasing Access to Water and Sanitation in Small and Medium-sized Indian Cities,” seeks to offer policy-relevant findings for both local and international actors interested in improving access to water and sanitation. Using case studies in Gujarat and Karnataka, the project will examine innovative structures for WSS provision within the context of rapid urbanization, economic globalization and national policy instruments such as the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Scheme (JNNURM).