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About qriopal

I am a social science researcher who enjoys asking questions...

India is rapidly urbanizing but some cities are growing faster than others.

India is in a phase of rapid urbanization. The overall level of urbanization (percentage of population living in urban settlements) in India increased from 27. 8% in 2001 census to 31.2% in 2011 census. A big component of the growth in … Continue reading

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The Future of Internationalization in Dutch Higher Education

Below is a guest column I wrote that appeared in the February 2013 issue of The International Correspondent, a journal published from the Netherlands. This draws from my experience working in two Dutch universities and a longer association with universities … Continue reading

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Monitoring Security of Tenure in Cities

I was asked to review and comment on the recently published UN-Habitat report “Monitoring Security of Tenure in Cities: People, Land and Policies“. I wanted to share my unedited comments here in case the readers of this blog have suggestions … Continue reading

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Slum Children’s Capacity to Aspire – Policy Lessons

In my previous post, I presented my initial thoughts after reading Katherine Boo’s recent book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity”. I have maintained an active academic and professional interest in public interventions related … Continue reading

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Slum Children’s Capacity to Aspire

I just finished reading Katherine Boo’s recent nonfiction “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” in three long sittings. I must say that the book deserves the hype that it has generated through some very … Continue reading

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A new book on Internet Governance

I just finished reading the book “Consent of the Networked” by Rebecca MacKinnon. I have followed Rebecca on Twitter for more than a year and find her extremely articulate about issues surrounding governance of the Internet including its openness, net … Continue reading

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Higher Education Trends – some quick thoughts.

The background of this post were three recent news items that points to a trend in higher education industry in particular, but that also applies to the entire education sector more broadly. The first was the announcement of a Stanford … Continue reading

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