University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Bedi has research and teaching interests in gender studies, cultural and critical geography, urban studies and urban theory, and political anthropology, and mobilities. Her second book project "Everyday Technologies of the Urban: Motoring and Mobilities in Bombay/Mumbai's Taxi Trade" (under advance contract, University of Washington Press), falls broadly into the fields of urban history, transport anthropology, transnational labor studies, and mobilities. It looks at the social, material, political, labor and manufacturing histories of road transport, motoring and automobility through the lens of the taxi trade in Bombay/Mumbai. It is an ethnohistorical study of the city's primary mode of intermediate public transport -- the urban taxicab and of all the livelihoods and contemporary transformations that surround it. She is currently conducting fieldwork for this project in Mumbai and Singapore.