Apurba Kumar Podder
Research Area: An Investigation of the successive transformation of the Kacha-bazaar in Khulna since 1947
Supervisor: Dr Felipe Hernandez
MSc in Architecture, Urbanism and Planning (K.U. Leuven), B. Arch (Buet)
Surplus extraction mechanism embeded within the spatial structure of post-colonial cities.
To cope with the threshold caused from intense migration phenomena of subaltern class from peripheral rural areas towards the city core is a notable problem in many South Asian countries in the post decades of colonization. Apurba Kumar Podder is , therefore, reviewing the spatial structure of post-colonial cities in South Asia to look over whether the historically implanted core-periphery typology in colonial cities is responsible behind the cause of migration by promoting marginalization, unemployment or, in a word, assisting as a prime tool for surplus extraction for the capitalist class;
and if so, what form of mechanism exists within the spatial structure of these cities and how this mechanism works to deprive the peripherally located producer/subaltern class from getting the optimum price of their product which eventually, accelerate unemployment problem, transformation of peasant class to wage laborers or increase migration towards the cities.
Combining policy and spatial planning, his objective is to look for alternative mechanism that can break the core-periphery tension or to suggest any potential inclusion strategies to integrate the economic participation of subaltern class within the spatial structure of the city.