Laura Nolan

About Laura Nolan

Laura Nolan is a PhD Candidate in Demography and Social Policy at Princeton University and has a Master of Science in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also a 2015 summer Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Chicago, and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Her research focuses on improving the measurement of poverty and deprivation, and the use of statistics and other quantitative methodologies to reduce poverty and improve human wellbeing.

On The Measurement of Slum Dwelling in Urban India

More than half the world now lives in urban areas. In many low- and middle-income countries, the speed and scale of urban growth has outpaced the provision of services, leading to a proliferation of informal settlements without access to water and sanitation, garbage collection, or security of tenure. The urbanization and concentration of poverty and deprivation in these settings is often characterized by residential crowding, exposure to environmental hazards, and social fragmentation and exclusion (Wratten, 1995) – a cluster of conditions frequently referred to with the catch-all term of “slum-dwelling.”

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