Shireen Mirza

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Urban Anthropology
  • Caste, Labour, Waste and Sanitation
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Cross-Regional Networks in the Indian Ocean Region
  • Indian Islam
  • Climate Change and Anthropocene
  • Digital Materiality


Shireen has a PhD in Anthropology and Sociology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her areas of interest are urban anthropology, caste, waste, ecology, and technology. 

Previously, she taught at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIITD), Ambedkar University Delhi, and at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras).

She also worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Urban Aspirations’ project at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen.

She is a recipient of the International Fellowship awarded by Urban Studies Foundation (USF), Visiting Research Fellowship at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) and Berlin Graduate School Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Germany and has been a Charles Wallace India Fellow. 

Some of her publications include Becoming Waste: Three moments in the life of landfills in Mumbai city, in Economic and Political Weekly, as well as Cow Politics: Spatial Shifts in the Location of Slaughterhouses in Mumbai City, in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. Her works have also been published in Contributions to Indian Sociology, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, and several other peer-reviewed journals.




  • Mirza, S. (Forthcoming). Stigma in the City: Waste-work and animal slaughter at the margins of Mumbai. Cambridge University Press.

Chapters in Edited Books

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