The Tacit Knowledge Urban Research Network (TURN) consists of four Indian institutions – Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, Hyderabad Urban Labs (HUL) and Centre for Policy Research (CPR) – collaboratively conducting research on urban informal processes and the tacit knowledge integral in them from multiple vantage points in the relational geographies of settlement, housing, and economies, with the eventual goal of incorporating that understanding into knowledge systems that support policymaking.
TURN intends to:
Synergize the capacities of four partnering research institutions, each of which is located in a different metropolis, and has experience in working at multiple sub-national scales.
Facilitate deep immersions in Indian cities to amplify the findings of ongoing research initiatives, challenge our conceptual approaches and generate new knowledge.
Address the issue of informality qua tacit, place-based knowledge in urban areas – focusing on making it visible and engaging with its intersection with policy.
Bring a strong interdisciplinarity to bear on research, from the disciplines of economics, geography, social work and urban planning.
TURN hosts monthly network-level workshops, organized to provide researchers a platform to not only converse about outcomes of research but also identify synergies in their processes, methods and theoretical frameworks.