Fluid Lives

Malaria, dengue and health in contemporary South Asia


Cressida Jervis Read

I am a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford, exploring the emergence of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne ‘neglected tropical disease’ in Delhi. This is part of a larger project at the Unit entitled ‘The Challenge of Urbanisation: Health and the Global City’.

An social anthropologist by training and trade, I completed my DPhil in social anthropology at the University of Sussex. Titled ‘Making Delhi Like Paris: Space and the Politics of Development in an East Delhi Resettlement Colony’, this examined the spatial dimensions of the politics of development in a low income East Delhi slum clearance neighbourhood. Tacking between accounts of the physical and social construction of the neighbourhood it emphasises the socio-environmental dimensions of urban and peri-urban lives and livelihoods. By tracing the spatial practices and processes of development across multiple scales, it contributes to research on the social and political context of NGOs as development actors, on urban poverty and social change in urban neighbourhoods contemporary South Asia.

Prior to my current role I was a Teaching Felow in the Department of Anthropology at University College London teaching courses on South Asian cities, development anthropology and social research methods.

Selected Publications

Jervis Read, Cressida. 2014. “Un-Settlement: Demolition, Home Remaking, and the Everyday Politics of Citizenship in a Low-Income Delhi Neighborhood.” Home Cultures 11(2): 197–218.

Jervis Read, Cressida. “A Place in the City: Narratives of ‘emplacement’ in a Delhi Resettlement Neighbourhood.” Ethnography 13, no. 1 (2012): 87–101. doi:10.1177/1466138111432034.

Jervis Read, Cressida. “Frontier Town: Marking Boundaries in a Delhi Resettlement Colony 30 Years On.” In Sarai Reader 07: Frontiers, edited by Ravi Sundaram et al, 516–526. Delhi: Sarai: The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 2007.


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