Sutapa Chattopadhyay

Sutapa Chattopadhyay

Assistant Professor
Mulroney Hall 3053


Sutapa Chattopadhyay is a geographer. She is currently working at St. Francis Xavier University at the departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Development Studies. Her areas of interest are migrations, sexuality-precarity-illegality, development politics, movements, political ecology and indigeniety. She pursues her research on migrant incarceration, borders, and autonomy in Rome and on indigenous food sovereignty issues in Andhra Pradesh. She is an editor of Interface (a journal for and on social movements) and in the advisory board of ACME (a critical geography journal). Both the journals are open access. She has published in ACME; Gender, Place and Culture; Population, Place and Space, Environment and Planning D, and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism on indigenous anti-colonial struggles, development-induced dislocation of indigenous people, colonial and post colonial appropriation of bodies and nature, anarcha eco-feminist pedagogy, feminist research methodologies, and border politics. She has co-edited a book on Migration, Squatting and Radical Autonomy with Routledge. Now she is working on a book manuscript on the politics of development impelled mobility and its impacts on wider indigenous women’s struggles with Palgrave; and on a journal special issue related to migrant identity with Geopolitics.

Development Studies


Research Interests

Research Interests


1.           Migration and Border Studies (rigid borders, incarceration, autonomy, i/legality, precarity, racialized and sexualized migrants),

2.           Development (social movements, political ecology, development politics and indigeneity)

3.           Regional Specialization (South Asia and Europe)

Recent Publications

1.           Levi Gahman, Johannah RaeReyes, Tina Miller, Raegan Gibbings, Amy Cohen, Adaeze Greenidge, Sutapa Chattopadhyay (2020) Activist Geographies. In A. Kobayashi (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2nd Edition). Elsevier.

2.           Chattopadhyay, Sutapa (2019). Borders re/make bodies and bodies are made to make borders: Storying migrant trajectories – Border Imperialism Special Issue. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.

3.           Chattopadhyay, Sutapa. (2019). Introduction to the Special Issue. Violence on Bodies: Space, Social reproduction and Intersectionality. Gender, Place and Culture. Talyor and Francis Group.

4.           Chattopadhyay, Sutapa (2019). ‘Infiltrating academy through anarcha – (eco)feminist pedagogical framework.’ Capitalism Nature Socialism, Taylor and Francis Group.

5.           Mudu Pierpaolo and Chattopadhyay, Sutapa. (2016). ‘Migration, Squatting and Radical Autonomy’ Routledge – Space, Place, Politics Series [ISBN # 9781315673301]

6.           Chattopadhyay, Sutapa. (2016). Caliban and the Witch and Bodily Geographies. Gender, Place and Culture. Talyor and Francis Group.

7.           Chattopadhyay. Sutapa (2014). ‘Post-colonial Development State, Primitive Accumulation of Nature and Social transformation of ousted Adivasis in the Narmada valley’. Capitalism Nature Socialism. 25 (4): 65-84.