18th Annual Continuums of Service Conference

"Seeking Solutions to Complex Challenges Through Inquiry and Engagement"


Ananya Roy - UC Berkeley

Ananya Roy is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. In this capacity, she is founding chair of the undergraduate program in Global Poverty and Practice. Ananya holds a B.A. (1992) in Comparative Urban Studies from Mills College, a M.C.P. (1994) and a Ph.D. (1999) from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of numerous books concerned with urban poverty and international development. Her book, Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge, 2010), was the recipient of the 2011 Paul Davidoff Book Award of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, a book award for research that advances social justice. Roy's most recent book is Territories of Poverty: Rethinking North and South (co-edited with Emma Shaw Crane, University of Georgia Press, 2015). At the University of California, Berkeley, Ananya has received the highest teaching honors bestowed by the university on its faculty. In 2011, she received the Excellence in Achievement Award of the California Alumni Association, a lifetime achievement recognition In keeping with these teaching interests, Roy has been leading experiments with new formats of pedagogy and public scholarship. One example is The #GlobalPOV Project, which includes a series of 8 Youtube videos combining critical social theory with improvised art to provoke discussion about poverty and inequality. For more information, see: http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/globalpov/