Urban History

Let's tell better stories about Indian cities


Cities aren’t static. So why should their stories be?

The Urban History Project is a community led exploration of India's urban transformations.

Journalism is being transformed in the ways that it is produced, distributed, and used. There now exists a variety of technologies that assist telling stories in ways that increasingly combine media, data and user engagement. This trend goes beyond combining multiple forms of media: text, audio, video and graphics (known as convergence), and moves into the realm of story creation using information gathering and technical presentation techniques.

The New York Times , The Guardian and others have even set up in-house teams for this express purpose. For example, consider this story by The Guardian about the contents of the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden, or about a firestorm in Tasmania. For a more data centric example consider the New York Times' homicide map.

The Urban History Project runs a fellowship program that aims to partner with innovative storytellers writing about India’s urban transformations. UHP fellows will collaborate with our team of designers, data scientists and programmers over the course of 6 months to explore online storytelling in their chosen field of research.

Current Fellows

  • 2 Researchers
  • 2 Photographers


Demystifying Higher Education in India


Historical and contemporary culture around alcohol consumption in Chennai


A comprehensive study of domestic abuse in India.


The history of Burma Bazaar and its members