IIHS Team

Aromar Revi

Aromar Revi

Aromar is Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore. He is an international researcher, educator and practitioner with over 30 years of interdisciplinary experience in public policy and governance, sustainable development, global environmental change, technology and human settlements.

arevi@iihs.co.in

Shriya Anand

Shriya Anand

Shriya anchors the Urban Informatics Lab at IIHS, which analyses, communicates and disseminates data and information related to India’s urbanisation. Her research is primarily centered on the Indian urban economy and economic geography, with a particular focus on the role of employment in urban development and poverty reduction.

Research project: Mapping Bangalore’s Industrial Transformation

Krishnachandran Balakrishnan

Krishnachandran Balakrishnan

Krishnachandran‘s research interests include settlement-ecosystem interactions, urban ground water dependence and climate uncertainity, urban spatial analysis, and environmental psychology and visual perception.

Research project: Spatial Modelling and Water

Amir Bazaz

Amir Bazaz

Amir works on issues at the intersection of economics, climate change mitigation, and adaptation and sustainable development. His current research interests are low carbon societies/infrastructure, climate change adaptation and mitigation (across scales), with specific focus on urban-climate change linkages and climate, energy and environment policy.

Research project: Energy Transitions in Bengaluru

Gautam Bhan

Gautam Bhan

Gautam teaches, researches and writes on the politics of urban poverty and inequality, urban and planning theory, housing, and identity and social practice. He anchors IIHS role as a National Resource Centre with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and is part of IIHS’ work in affordable housing policy and practice.

Research project: Urban Health in the Indian Metropolis: Systems, Intersections and Emergent Concerns

Sudeshna Mitra

Sudeshna Mitra

Sudeshna works on the political economy of land and real estate, in urban and regional economic development, and urban governance. Her research looks at questions of land use, land values, land based financing, tenure arrangements and land rights, in public- private development partnerships and across different scales of governance.

Research project: Metropolitan Development and Land Based Financing

Neha Sami

Neha Sami

Neha studies urban and regional development and governance in post-liberalisation India. Her research focuses on the governance arrangements of mega-projects, regional planning, and on environmental governance questions in Indian cities, particularly around issues of climate change adaptation.

Research project: Manufacturing cities: the planning, building, and governing of industrial infrastructure in the Bangalore metropolitan region

Researchers

Prajna Ravindra Beleyur is a Research Associate working on the Urban Infrastructure and Governance research stream.

Nilanjan Bhor is trained in the areas of Social Work (Family Studies), Hospital Administration and Health Information Administration. His areas of interest lie in Public Health and Communications.

Aditi Dey is an Historian and Ethnographer who has worked extensively in a wide ranging set of sectors including media services, housing, education and food security.

Namratta Kapoor studies the plural conceptions, policies and everyday practices of affordable and rental housing. Her current research looks at the effect of land price movements on the production and consumption of housing in Indian cities and its relationship to city planning practices and urban impoverishment.

Ravikiran Naik is a Postdoctoral Fellow at IIHS and works in the areas of Applied Development Economics, Labour, and Informal Employment and Intergenerational inequality. rnaik@iihs.ac.in

Aditya Ramesh is an historian with a strong focus on the histories of infrastructural development – particularly in the Indian context. His current work is an interdisciplinary examination of the changes to economy, society and natural resource governance through an understanding of the construction of colonial era mega infrastructure projects. 530224@soas.ac.uk

Rishika Rangarajan is a lawyer by training and has worked on government advisory and infrastructure practice in the areas of renewable energy, transport and e-commerce.

Pooja Rao Pooja has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning with a specialisation in transportation and a certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS). prao@iihs.ac.in

Divya Ravindranath is a PhD Candidate at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St Louis. Her research interests include gender, race, health and nutrition and urban environment.

Suman S D is a Research Associate working on the Metropolitan Development and Land Based Financing research stream.

Chetan Sharma is a Research Associate working on the Metropolitan Development and Land Based Financing research stream.

Aditi Surie is a sociologist working on urban issues with a strong gender focus. Her current research investigates the nature and conditions of work in the life of urban residents. She is particularly focused on understanding how companies at the forefront of the “gig economy” impact Indian urban workers whose experiences do not rest easily with northern discourses on the issue. asurie@iihs.ac.in

Pratyush Tripathy earned his Integrated MTech degree in Geoinformatics with specialisation in urban applications, focusing on deducing urban neighbourhoods based on the physical characteristics of a city. His interest lies in image processing, understanding the complex transitions in urban areas using advanced geospatial methods and techniques, and computer programming. pratyush@iihs.ac.in

Communications and management

Tanvi Bhatikar works on PEAK Urban Project Communications. Her educational background is in Communication Studies. Her work in the development sector has largely focussed on research and communications. tbhatikar@iihs.ac.in

Vikas John is the IIHS PEAK Urban Project Manager. Vikas is involved with the day-to-day processes of the Research Programme at IIHS as well as contributing to designing and achieving the strategic goals of the Programme. He has a background in Communication Studies, both in terms of educational credentials and work experience in the field. vjohn@iihs.ac.in