Persis Taraporevala is an urban researcher based out of New Delhi. She is associated with the Centre for Policy Research and has a keen interest in rights, community-based empowerment and the arts. Persis has read for an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She has worked largely around governance, from the perspective of decentralised indigenous forest conservation processes and the theoretical underpinnings of citizenship in the urban context. She is a trained classical dancer and has recently engaged in social justice and community-building through the arts, thus allowing for her previously water-tight compartments of development practice and art to blend into a chaotic and creative mix that she is beginning to understand.