A stranger in Bangalore: reflections from the field

As I prepared to present my Indian work at the Relational Landscapes of Urbanisation Conference at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp, I reflected on interactions with research participants. I visited Bangalore in January to scope out community gardens for future fieldwork.  With a research assistant I visited several communities of gardeners who were very eager to share their thoughts and show us around. Their enthusiasm made me think about what it means to be an outsider as a researcher and about how to be considerate in an unfamiliar environment.
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Community gardens in Bangalore

Ellen van Holstein is completing her PhD with The Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research. She recently visited Bangalore, India, to explore shared garden spaces that could serve as future fieldwork sites for her PhD research. Ellen plans to write more posts about her experiences in Bangalore, but in the meantime has shared a selection of photographs she took while asking locals about vacant plots, chillies and worms on the city’s rooftops.

Community gardens in Bangalore