Swarnabh Ghosh

Swarnabh Ghosh studies infrastructure and its relationship to power, technology, and the environment. His current research focuses on irrigation planning as a locus of colonial state-formation in late 19th and early 20th-century South Asia. This research brings together methods from geography, environmental history, and agrarian studies to explore the intertwined histories of environmental management, agricultural commercialization, and urbanization under colonial rule.

Swarnabh is a second-year PhD student at Harvard University. He received a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, and a Master of Philosophy in Urban Studies (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge where he studied as a 2016-17 Yale Bass Scholar. His M.Phil dissertation examined the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor and its techno-managerial underpinnings with a special focus on the role of global management consultants in producing the discursive structure that undergirds corridor urbanization in India and beyond.

Before coming to Harvard, Swarnabh practiced in New York for several years with the interdisciplinary studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro where he was involved in projects spanning art, architecture, and landscape architecture. His writings have appeared in The Avery Review, Pidgin, and Metropolis among other publications.


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Swarnabh Ghosh at Luis Barragán’s Cuadra San Cristóbal in Mexico City.