In 2017, Hyderabad Urban Lab became a member institution of  the Tacit Urban Research Network (TURN) Project, along with Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, and Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai.

The research network aims to increase the visibility and understanding of hitherto ‘tacit’ knowledge about urban informality in India, and push for more inclusive policy frameworks.

HUL’s work in 2018 was shaped by the conceptual foundations and objectives of the TURN Project. Through orientation sessions for researchers and a series of in-house workshops on ‘Epistemology and Research’, HUL crafted its current work which broadly entails:

  •   Mapping patterns of changing spatial relations in the city
  •   Practicing community engagement
  •   Making visual representations of varying informalities within housing
  •   Developing manuals for understanding place and honing spatial imaginations
  •   Studying shared mobilities as a trust based utility
  •   Unearthing submerged knowledge and embodied work practices vis a vis water infrastructures
  •   Creating archival narratives of people’s movements (Calcutta)

TURN Workshop (April 2018) at Hyderabad with participants from Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Hyderabad Urban Lab, Centre for Policy Research and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai