We are three women co-founders who have been working in the field of development and communication since early 2000s. The Curio-City Collective is an outcome of our own struggles with feeling fragmented and torn by the state of Indian cities, our homes, that have raised and nurtured us. It led us to create this space, to dream the dream of building a community of connection and reflection and most importantly, of pro-active informed action.

Arpita Joshi

Director, Research and Content

Arpita Joshi has been working in the development sector for more than a decade. She has been a researcher-activist on international and national projects with IT for Change, IIM Ahmedabad, The Concerned for Working Children (CWC), CfBT and Environment Support Group. She led the Centre for Applied Research and Documentation (CARD) in CWC. In IT for Change she helped co-ordinate a six-country research project on gender and information & communication technologies (ICTs). She was a Research Fellow at IIM Ahmedabad, where she helped manage a Ford Foundation funded 12 city-wide urban governance related research project. Her interests lie in inter-generational equality and justice, climate justice, child rights and gender. Arpita has written about issues close to her heart: Green Tapism, Child labour law, on sentience. She is a compulsive seed-collector and tree-hugger. She completed her BA in Psychology, Journalism and English from Christ College (Bangalore, 2004) and her MA in Social Work with a specialisation in Women and Children from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, 2006).

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Deepika Khatri

Director, Production and Creatives

Deepika Khatri has been working in the development sector for a decade. She has worked as a journalist with India Today and in the development sector with the Institute of Development Studies (UK), Majlis, IT for Change and Aangan. Her interests lie in child rights, improving governance, understanding the juvenile justice system and understanding the linkages between social justice and well-being. She finds herself petting mongrels wherever she goes. Her writing can be found here. She has a Bachelor’s in History from Lady Shriram College for Women, (New Delhi, 2005), a PG Diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, (Mumbai, 2006) and Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (UK, 2010).

You can follow her on Twitter: @Deepikak_15

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Srinidhi Raghavan

Director, Communications and Technology

Srinidhi Raghavan works on women’s rights, sexuality, and disability rights. She conducts training and undertakes research on women with disabilities, on sexual needs of women and vulnerability of adolescent girls. Over the last eight years, she has partnered with feminist and disability rights organisations, schools and colleges across India, to work with women, adolescents, and children on gender, sexuality, and rights. Her work can be read here. She has been part of the launch of India’s first women with disabilities leadership programme and is part of the organisation that won a national award for Best Accessibility from government of India. She is a lover of animals and all things technology. She has done her PG Diploma in Journalism with a specialisation in New Media from Asian College of Journalism (Chennai, 2011).

You can follow her on Twitter: @Thecatlyf.

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Our Advisors

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Navdeep Mathur is at the Public Systems Group at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He conducts research on urbanism, resistance and alternatives to top-down urban planning and institutional design, and teaches courses on social justice, politics, interpretive methods, and public policy.

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Krittika Vishwanath works as a Senior Human Rights Education Advisor in Amnesty International. She has over 10 years of experience in human rights education, training and strategic development. She has also worked in areas such as professional development for Teachers, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the use of open source technologies for teaching and learning.

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Priyangee Guha is a lawyer, and human rights activist. She has worked with organisations and with victims of gender based violence. Her interests are in reformative justice, healing and in creating better legal and social response systems to violence in our society. She has been working as a lawyer for more than a decade. She has designed modules to make law accessible to children, adults and those disenfranchised by the law.

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