Dr Natasha L. Cornea PhD

Dr Natasha L. Cornea

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Human Geography

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Natasha Cornea’s research sits at the intersections of urban and development geographies, focusing on urban environmental governance and politics in Indian and Zambian cities. Conceptually her research draws on post-structuralist and situated approaches to urban political ecology, the everyday state and everyday governance.


  • PhD in Geography (University of Lausanne, 2016) 
  • MA Social Development (University of Sussex, 2011) 
  • BA(hons) International Studies, minor in Economics (University of Regina, 2010) 


Dr Cornea joined the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Human Geography in February 2018. Prior to coming to Birmingham, she was a Swiss National Science Foundation funded Visiting Research Fellow at University College London. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).


Dr Cornea contributes to the following modules: 


  • 2nd Year fieldtrip to Berlin 


  • 406 Geopolitics and Globalisation  

Postgraduate supervision

Potential students with research interests in South Asian or Southern African cites, particular in the areas of:

  • urban governance,
  • urban political ecology, 
  • waste and discards,
  • urban water (particularly non-piped water),
  • local environmental politics,
may contact Dr Cornea directly.


Dr Cornea’s research uses the environment as lens in to urban politics and governance. She is particularly interested in understanding how the environment becomes enrolled into networks and practices of power and in turn how this effects the lives of ordinary urban residents. By focusing on the complex, temporal and situated nature of everyday practices of a diverse range of state and non-state actors on the one hand, and the messiness of state-led policy making and implementation on the other she seeks to expose and examine the ways that cities are (re)produced as power-infused, and often highly uneven and inequitable landscapes. 

She has examined a diverse range of case studies including urban water bodies (West Bengal), the politics of urban solid waste management (rubbish) (West Bengal and Zambia) and the roll of situated governance actors in shaping urban environments (West Bengal). Her research has been published in IJURR, Environment and Planning A, Geography Compass, Local Environment and in edited volumes.


Cornea, Natasha; Zimmer, Anna; Véron, René (2017) “Everyday governance and urban environments: Towards a more interdisciplinary Urban Political Ecology”. Geography Compass. 11(4) (online only) 

Zimmer, Anna; Cornea, Natasha; Véron, René (2017) “Landscapes of Power: The urban in Urban Political Ecology” in Iossifova, Deljana; Doll, Christopher; Gasparatos, Alexandros, Defining the urban across the academic disciplines and professional fields. Farnham: Ashgate ISBN: 9781472449498 

Cornea, Natasha; Véron, René; Zimmer, Anna (2017) “Clean city politics: an urban political ecology of solid waste in a small city in West Bengal, India”. Environment and Planning A. 49(4):728-744  

Zimmer, Anna; Cornea, Natasha; Véron, René (2017) Of parks and politics: The production of socio-nature in a Gujarati town” Local Environment. 22(1):49-66 

Zimmer, Anna; Cornea, Natasha. (2016) “Introduction: Environmental Politics in Urban India”. Introduction to a special issue of SAMAJ. 14/2016 http://samaj.revues.org/4247 

Cornea, Natasha; Zimmer, Anna; Véron, René (2016) “Ponds, power and institutions: the everyday governance of accessing urban water bodies in a small Bengali town”. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 40(2):395-409

Other academic publications 

Véron, Rene, Zimmer, Anna, Cornea, Natasha (forthcoming) “Ecologies (politiques) urbaines des étendus d’eau en Inde”. Urbia 

Duggal, Bindu, Cornea, Natasha (2012) “Chandigarh’s Small Flat Scheme: some issues of concern”. Man and Development. Vol. 34(2). pp.41-54

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