Dr. Anant Maringanti is the director of Hyderabad Urban Lab, a multi disciplinary research programme run by the Right to the City Foundation, in Hyderabad, India. A geographer with a PhD from University of Minnesota, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the National University of Singapore, University of Hyderabad and the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad. His research and teaching interests centre on questions of urban innovations, big data, and globalization from the South Asian vantage point. He is widely published in international academic journals on these subjects. As an evolving experiment in urban research, design and pedagogy, Hyderabad Urban Lab collaborates with media professionals, planners, technologists, academic researchers and legal professionals to develop innovative solutions. Institutionally, its mandate is to create safe spaces to explore and develop responses to the challenges of contemporary cities namely mobility, housing and waste.