Aromar Revi

Director, IIHS

Aromar Revi is the founding Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) India’s prospective interdisciplinary national University and Institution of Eminence, focused on urbanisation. Over a decade, he has built IIHS into one of the world’s leading education, research, training, advisory and implementation- support institution, focusing on the multi-dimensional challenges and opportunities of sustainable urbanisation.

 

He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and the Law and Management schools of the University of Delhi. He is a global practice and thought leader, and educator with 35 years of interdisciplinary experience in sustainable development, public policy and governance, human settlements, global environmental and technological change.

He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and the Law and Management schools of the University of Delhi. He is a global practice and thought leader, and educator with 35 years of interdisciplinary experience in sustainable development, public policy and governance, human settlements, global environmental and technological change.

 

Aromar is a international expert on Sustainable Development; Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), from where he helped lead a successful global campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 11) as part of the UN’s 2030 development agenda.

 

He is a member of the Ubuntu Advisory Board of the UCLG President. UCLG is the global voice of local and regional governments, representing 0.24 million towns, cities, metropolises and regions. He is a member of UN-Habitat’ Stakeholder Advisory Group tasked with global stakeholder engagement (2019-21). Aromar is a former member of the Managing Board of Cities Alliance, the global partnership for sustainable cities and urban poverty reduction.

 

Over the last decade, Aromar has delivered over 250 keynote addresses, speeches, and seminars and made public, TV and radio appearances, across the world. He has addressed special sessions of the UN Open Working Group on the SDGs, the 71st UN General Assembly on the New Urban Agenda on Sustainable Cities, in 2014 and 2017. He has lectured and taught at over 90 (9 of the top-10) leading Universities, across all six continents.

 

Aromar’ policy, practice and research work lie at the interface of sustainability and climate science; and the emerging discipline of ‘urban science’ that he is helping define internationally. He is a member of the UCL- Nature Sustainability Expert Panel on science and the future of Cities that issued its 2018 report on the global state of the urban science-policy interface. He is Co-PI on two significant international urban research programmes that will help define the future of urban science (PEAK) and responses to urban inequality (KNOW) bringing together leading universities and researchers from four continents.

 

In 2016, UNSDSN and the SDG Academy launched the first 66-session global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Sustainable Cities and SDG 11, curated by him, featuring 30 of the world’s leading urbanists.

 

Over 20,000 participants from 150 countries have registered for this. This was launched on the EdX platform in January 2019.

 

Aromar has made significant contributions to human settlements development in India, for which he was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 1990. This includes a key role in designing India’s national public housing programmes, that facilitate the building of over 2 million rural houses a year; infrastructure planning, upgrading and institutional reform in multiple million-plus cities. Aromar has served on high-level committees of the Government of India and was responsible for the development of housing and urban development plans for two-thirds of India’s states in the 1990s.

 

Aromar is one of the world’s leading experts on global environmental change, especially climate change. He is a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15). He has worked extensively to bring the global urban and climate agendas together, including as a coordinating lead author of the SR1.5 Summary for Urban Policymakers, released at CoP24 in Poland in 2018.

 

He is a CLA of the synthesis chapter on Climate Resilient Development Pathways of the IPCC Working Group Assessment Report 6 on Adaptation, to be released in 2021. He was earlier a CLA of the IPCC Assessment Report 5 chapter on Urban Areas, that established the role of cities and regions in addressing climate risks in 2014. He was a co-PI of a large five-year international Climate Adaptation research programme that spanned India and eight countries in Africa, that explored mechanisms to take climate adaptation to scale in semi-arid regions.

 

He is one of South Asia’s most experienced risk and disaster management professionals having led teams to plan & execute rehabilitation programmes for ten major earthquake, cyclone and flood events affecting  over 5 million people and has been on the Advisory Board of UNDRR’s Scientific & Technical Advisory Group (STAG) and its bi-annual Global Assessment of Risk, since 2008. Aromar has led the design for UNDRR of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) a global partnership to promote the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks that was launched at the Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York.

 

He is also an internationally-cited scholar across multiple fields: climate adaptation (#6), infrastructure (#9), urbanisation (#11), sustainable development (#26), and public policy (#66). He’s the Editor of the interdisciplinary international journal Urbanisation (Sage) and on the editorial Boards of Nature Sustainable Earth (Springer), the International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (Taylor & Francis) & Urban Climate (Elsevier).

 

He has led and managed multiple sensitive international and national multi-stakeholder political and development negotiations. He has been a senior advisor to multiple ministries of the Government of India, since the late 1980s; and consulted with international development institutions, national and transnational firms on economic, environmental and social change at global, regional and urban scales. This includes UN, multilateral and bilateral agencies: UNDP, UNICEF, UNEP, UN Habitat, UNDRR, UNU; World Bank, ADB, DFID, CIDA, SIDA, SDC, NORAD, GiZ, IDRC and AusAID.

 

Aromar has led 125 major practice, consulting and research assignments in India and internationally; has deep governance, institutional development, management and implementation experience, across public, private and academic institutions; has published 95 peer reviewed publications and books; lectured and taught at over 90 of the world’s leading Universities and think tanks across 6 continents; has travelled extensively to over 60 countries, including 19 of the G-20; helped structure, design & review development investments of over $ 8 billion; worked on 3 of the world’s 10 largest cities; across urban and rural areas in all of India’s 29 states and on multiple international projects across over a dozen countries.

Sustainable Cities & Urban Development

  • Co-PI PEAK interdisciplinary international, urban research programme led by the University of Oxford and funded by RCUK GCRF, that brings together research teams from, Peking University, University of Cape Town, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and EAFIT University. (2018-2022)
  • Co-PI of the KNOW research programme to deliver transformative research and capacity-building for innovation in policy and planning to promote urban equality led by DPU at the University College London and a global consortium of 13 institutions, from nine countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, that includes IIHS. (2018-2022)
  • Project Director, the Nature Conservancy-IIHS- Keystone Foundation Coimbatore urban Green printing planning study. (2017-2018)
  • Team Leader and curator of the IIHS-SDG academy Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Sustainable Cities. Over 20,000 participants from 150 countries registered for this, over four cycles. This has now been launched on the EdX platform. (2016-present)
  • Co-author of GiZ funded SDSN SDG Guidebook for CitiesGetting started with the SDGs for Cities: A Guide for Local Stakeholders”. (2015-2016)
  • Indian Team Leader on the MISTRA Urban Futures project on Urban SDG indicators. (2014-2015)
  • Member of the K C Sivaramakrishnan Committee of the Govt. of India, responsible for the identification of options for a new state capital for the successor state of Andhra Pradesh, with a population of 50 million. (2014)
  • Project Director of the IIHS-Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Knowledge Partnership to support the BDA in the development of the revised Bangalore Master Plan 2035. (2010-2012)
  • Member of the Indian Planning Commission XII Plan Working Group on Industrial and Urban Water Supply and Sanitation, that examined options for transforming the delivery of urban water and sanitation services, technology and institutional capacity. (2010-2011)
  • Member of the Indian Planning Commission XII Plan Steering Committee on the Construction Sector, that identified priorities for support and investment in the construction sector to enable inclusive development. (2010-2011)
  • Member of Advisory Committee of L’avenir d’Auroville, the township planning and development organization of Auroville. (2009-2011)
  • Project Director of the WSP Review of Sanitation and Sewerage interventions in Urban India. (2007-2008)
  • Indian team leader for the international Bridging to the Future (BttF) project initiated by the International Gas Union (IGU), as a follow-up to the three-year Sustainable Urban Systems Design (SUSD) competition, concluded in Tokyo in 2003. (2004-2006)
  • One of the three Indian Team Leaders of the international award-winning Goa 2100 Sustainable City design project presented at the Sustainable Urban Systems Design (SUSD) competition in Tokyo in June 2003. (2002-2003)
  • Project Director for the review of Infrastructure Improvements and Participatory Poverty Appraisal of DFID funded Kolkata Urban Services Programme. (2005)
  • Team Leader of the Review of the World Bank financed Mumbai Slum Sanitation Project (SSP). (2005)
  • Team Leader for the Situation analysis and team member for the Design of the Bangalore Urban Environmental Services Masterplan project. (1999-2000)
  • Team Leader for the Situation analysis, Pre-design studies and Design team member of the AusAID-assisted Gangtok Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Masterplan Project. (1999-2000)
  • Team Leader, assisting CARE-India in Developing a Strategy for Urban Secondary City Development. (1999)
  • Team Leader for the Appraisal of Urban Environmental Services Situation in Shillong on behalf of AusAID. The study formed the base for the Urban Services Design programme currently under design. Also, team Leader for the Situation Analysis and Pre-feasibility study of Urban Environmental Services in Shimla for AusAID. (1999)
  • Team leader of a global research review by UNEP that examined the linkage between policy, programmes and scientific research on the Impact of Housing and the Domestic Built Environment on the Health of Women and Children. (1998)
  • Team Leader for the Environmental Services Indicators for Lucknow project for the London School of Health & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). (1998)
  • Co-Team Leader for the design of the Programme for Delivery of Environmental Services to the Urban Poor in Lucknow. (1998)
  • Team Member of the USAID supported Performance Monitoring System for Urban Environmental Services project. (1996)
  • Co-Team Leader of a multi-disciplinary consultancy team that undertook the Preparation of the Urban Environmental Services Master Plan for Lucknow 1996–2021 for DFID. (1995- 98)
  • Team Leader for Evaluation of the Solid Waste, Sanitation and Water Supply Arrangements and Infrastructure Deficiency Analysis for Lucknow for DFID. (1995-1998)
  • Team leader of a participative research project that developed new methods of Child-centered Programme appraisal for PLAN International. (1994)
  • Team leader of an early study to define urban sustainability ‘Towards Sustainable Development: A Preliminary Study of Resource Flows in Roorkee’. (1992)
  • Team leader of a research study on the Everyday Structure & working of the Real economy of cities for United Nations University. (1989)
  • Team member of the National Evaluation of Sites & Services (S&S) projects in India for ODA. (1988)
  • Team leader for the design of an Integrated Energy Settlement for Madras Refineries Limited. (1987)

Sustainable Development & Futures

  • Co-author of the India SDG Report (2018) produced by IIHS that presents the first comprehensive state level assessment of performance across key Sustainable Development Goals. (2017-2018)
  • Co-Chair and Project Director of the UNDP-IIHS Framework for Integrated Planning, Development and Resilience building for India. (2010-2012)
  • Co-team leader of the India 2050 project that developed India’s first dynamic long-range national economy-resource-demographic model in collaboration with an international research team from MNP/RIVM, Netherlands[1] and the University of Denver, USA[2]. (2005-2008)
  • Participant in the cross-cutting Global Vulnerability, Adaptation & Resilience[3] research initiative of International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). (2005-2006)
  • Contributed to the Mappae Mundi research project which examines humans and their habitat in a long-term socio-ecological prospective from 5000 BP to the present. (2002)
  • Chaired and helped manage a series of international Conferences on Global Sustainability for the Balaton Group including Sustainable Settlements (1996); Sustainability and Time (1997); Global Scenarios for Sustainability (1998) and Transition Scenarios to Sustainability (2000). (1993-2001)
  • Team leader for the preparation of the India sub-Model of RIVM’s World 4.0 Model to investigate the impact of Climate change on global and regional population, resources and economy. (1993-94)
  • Led the team that prepared a Status Report on Participatory Planning for Sustainable Development for the Strategic Planning Unit of the World Bank. (1990)
  • Member of the research team working on the Design and Management of Complex Systems for the United Nations University (UNU). (1989)
  • Member of the team that prepared a Working Paper on Participatory Design and Sustainable Development for the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). (1986)

 

[1] http://www.mnp.nl/en/index.html

[2] http://www.du.edu/~bhughes/ifswelcome.html

[3] http://www.ihdp.uni-bonn.de/html/projects/i-ccuttingQ.htm

Climate Change

  • Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of Chapter 18 on Climate Resilient Development Pathways of the IPCC Assessment Report 6 (AR6)  (2019-21). Also participated in the IPCC Assessment Report 6 (AR6) Scoping process to define the Working Group II (Adaptation) framing for the 2017-21 cycle; and the AR6 Synthesis Report. (2017-2021)
  • Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the Summary for Urban Policymakers: What the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C means for Cities? (2018)
  • Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of Chapter 4 of the seminal 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR1.5) that was released to international scientific and media acclaim in October 2018. (2016-2018)
  • Project Director, SDC-IIHS CapaCities Migration, Livelihoods and Climate Resilience initiative to turn climate mitigation and adaptation induced migration into a development opportunity. (2017-2018)
  • Co-PI of a $7 million DFID-IDRC funded international Climate Adaptation research programme Adaptation at Scale in Arid Regions (ASSAR) that spans India and Africa.  (2014-2018)
  • Co-PI of Future Proofing Indian Cities a £0.5 million project that undertook the first metropolitan integrated climate assessment for Bangalore and Madurai. (2013-2014)
  • Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the IPCC Assessment Report 5 (AR5) Chapter 8 on Urban Areas, that established the role of cities and regions in addressing climate risks. (2011-2014)
  • Member of the Global Advisory Group of the $ 70 million Rockefeller Foundation programme on Urban Climate Change Adaptation, that has established the first regional and city-scale climate adaptation and resilience programme, starting in Asian cities. (2008-2012)
  • Co-author of the World Bank funded global research study on Adapting Urban Centres to Climate Change in Low and Middle-Income Nations. (2007-2008)
  • Author of a review of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation agenda for Indian Cities for the World Urban Summit for the International Institute for Environment & Development, London, Columbia University and Rockefeller Foundation. (2007)
  • Team member of a feasibility study of establishing a commercial global Carbon Bank to enable trading and market consolidation of climate-change related emissions. (2002)

Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Project Director (look at the contract, as Garima) to Government of India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on setting-up and structuring the Interim Secretariat of the multi country facility, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). (2019)
  • GCRF Urban Risk Hub with Univ with Edin – Ask Garima – for three lines.
  • Project Director of the XV Finance Commission study on Urban Infrastructure and Resilience. (2018)
  • Member of the Global Advisory Board for the United Nations ISDR’s Global Assessment of Risk (GAR 2008 to 2019) to provide advice on the conceptualization, development and mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction interventions. (2008-2019)
  • Co-author & Regional Advisor for Asia for the UNDP/ISDR Global Assessment of Risk report (2009) that established linkages between risk and poverty and develop an operational definition for extensive and intensive risk. (2008-2009)
  • Team Leader of the World Bank financed Gujarat-segment of the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Programme. (2006-2008)
  • Team leader of the Strategic Risk Assessment of a 100-hectare Real estate development in Mumbai for Tishman Speyer India Ventures. (2006)
  • Team Leader of the Hazira Multiple Hazard Risk Assessment. (2005)
  • Team Leader of the World Bank financed Hazard Risk, Vulnerability Assessment and Preparation of Composite Risk Atlas for Gujarat. (2003-2005)
  • Project Director for the DFID-supported $ 60 million Orissa Primary Schools Cyclone Reconstruction project strategic support and M&E consultancy (2003-2007)
  • Member of the team that assessed the impact of Save the Children’s investment in supporting the recovery of the Integrated Child Development (ICDS) programme of the Government of India in the core damage region of the Kachchh earthquake. (2002)
  • Led the team that undertook the Assessment of Damage to Buildings by the Kachchh Earthquake. (2001)
  • Team Leader of the Assessment of Damage to Buildings and Lifeline Infrastructure in Orissa affected by the Super-Cyclonic Storm 05B-99. (1999)
  • Leader of the team that prepared the Chamoli Earthquake Reconstruction Plan following a devastating earthquake that affected the hill areas of Uttar Pradesh. (1999)
  • Team leader of path-breaking research study to identify Building, Seismic Damage, Repair and Reconstruction Options for the North-Western Himalayan Region, covering the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. (1998-1999)
  • Led the team that undertook the Damage Assessment of Cyclone affected areas of Kachchh and Saurashtra for the Government of India. (1998)
  • Design of Hazard Mitigation and Cyclone Emergency Reconstruction Programme for the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the World Bank. (1997)
  • Member of the HIC International Fact-Finding Mission to review the Impact and Response of the Government of Japan to the Great Hanshin (Kobe) Earthquake in Japan. (1995)
  • Led the team that prepared the Flood Rehabilitation Action Plan following the Punjab and Haryana flood for the Government of India. (1995)
  • Leader of the team that prepared the Action Plan for Earthquake Affected Maharashtra. (1993)
  • Leader of the team that developed the Action Plan for Reconstruction in Earthquake-affected Garhwal Himalayas for the Government of India. (1991)

Development Strategy

  • Project Director of the World Bank Identifying Locations of High-Intensity Economic Agglomeration in Odisha. (2014-2015)
  • Lead Author of UNESCO-UNDP Creative Economy Report 2013 chapter on India. (2012-2013)
  • Led the IIHS team that developed the UNDP India Urban Poverty Strategy (2013-2017)
    UNDP’ new country programme sought to shifts focus from interventions in rural to urban areas, responding to the tremendous opportunity for change in cities. (2012)
  • Led the team facilitating the ADB Long-Term Strategic Framework (2007-2012) consultations with representatives of the governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and private sector and CSO sector representatives from these countries. (2007)
  • Member of the team facilitating the national and sector consultations for the development of ADB’s India National Partnership Strategy (2007-2012) for the finance, energy, water, agriculture and rural development and urban development sectors (2007)
  • Led the team that assisted in the development of the SNV Regional Development strategy for Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. (2007)
  • Team member for the external review of the DFID Poorest Areas Civil Society Project (PACS) (2006)
  • Team member of the External Review of the DFID India Country Strategy (CSP 1999-2003). (2003)
  • Team inputs to UNDP-DFID commissioned Vision for the Future of Technical Assistance in the International Development System. (2003)
  • Leader of the team that plotted out an alternative development and donor engagement strategy for the Government of Nagaland. (2002) 
  • Member of the team that developed the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) country strategy for India in water and natural resource management. (2002)
  • Team Leader for the India Infrastructure Gateway (IIG) linked to the Global Development Gateway initiative of the World Bank. (2001-2002)
  • Team leader of AusAID’s India Strategic planning process. (2001-2002)
  • Member of the team that designed the India–Australia Training and Capacity Building Facility. (2001)
  • Team member assisting in the Development of State strategies for the Water and Environmental sanitation sector for DFID. (2000)
  • Prepared a Status Report on Shelter in India for IDRC to assist in structuring their programme priorities in the country. (1987)

Social Transformation

  • Project Director of the £ 20 million DFID-funded International INGO Partnership Agreement Programme (IPAP) to enable Indian Civil Society to address questions of social inclusion and transformation in India. (2007-2009)

Governance, Public Policy and Sector Reform

  • Project Director of the Omidyar Network supported Centre for Land Governance, at IIHS School for Governance. (2017-2019)
  • Project Director of the Omidyar Network supported Urban Land Records Management and e-Governance support initiative. (2013-2015)
  • Team Leader of the Rockefeller Foundation-IIHS Urban India Policy Support Partnership. (2012-2014)
  • Member of the Planning Commission, Narayanamurthy Committee on Corporate Sector participation in Higher Education. (2011-2012)
  • Member of the Planning Commission XII Plan Steering Committee on Higher Education. (2010-2011)
  • Team Leader, Roadmap for Higher Education Sector reform for the Government of India. (2010)
  • Team Leader of the study of Pro-Poor Growth in India and Orissa. (2006-2007)
  • Team Leader, Design of the Andhra Pradesh Governance Reform Programme II. (2005)
  • Team Leader of the review of the Government of India’s Centrally Sponsored Schemes for DFID India and the Planning Commission. (2004-2005 and 2007).
  • Team leader of the External Review of DFID India’s Governance Strategy. (2004)
  • Member of the advisory team to the Government of Madhya Pradesh on power sector reforms. (2002-2005)
  • Member of the consultancy support programme for the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural Power Task Force. (2002-2003)
  • Member of a team undertaking a research consultancy on the Structure and Dynamics of the private Health sector in Madhya Pradesh for DFID. (2001-2002)
  • Co-Team Leader for the Socio-Economic Assessment of the Andhra Pradesh Power Sector Reforms. (1999-2000)
  • Team Leader for Socio-Economic Assessment of the World Bank funded Haryana Power Sector Reforms. (1998-2001)
  • Team leader of a study on Laws Governing Ownership and Property Rights for the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India. (1995)
  • Team leader of the Policy & Regulatory Environment Review of the Indian Energy and Power Sector. (1998) 
  • Team Leader for a series of TARU research studies on the Sources and Uses of External Development Assistance. (1992-2007)
  • Served as a member of various high-level committees of the Government of India (GoI) including the Planning Commission Working Group on Housing & Urban Development, Standing Committee on Housing Finance and the Task Force on Rural Housing. Closely associated with the drafting of the National Housing Policy (1992), the division of sectoral jurisdiction between the Ministries of Rural and Urban Development. (1989-1996)

Rural Development

  • Member of the Planning Commission XI Planning Working Group on Rural Housing for the 2007-2012 period. (2006-2008)
  • Member of the team undertaking the design of the Satluj Watershed Sustainable Rural Livelihoods programme. (2001)
  • Member of the review team for the Sector Reforms Programme (SRP) of the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, for WSP-South Asia. (2001)
  • Member of the team that undertook a Review of the Immunization System in Andhra Pradesh. (2000)
  • Senior Consultant to the Planning Commission, Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (GoI) in the development of Nineteen State Action Plans for the Housing and Urban Development sector over the 1991-2001 period, including Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and other backward States. (1992-2007)
  • Led the team developing the National Action Plan for Rural Housing for India. (1994-2005)
  • Team leader for the Technology Action Plan for Rural Housing. (1992)

Technology Development & Design

  • Planning and Design of the IIHS Campus (2010-present)
  • Team leader for the Development of a Design and Technology Package for Cost-Effective Housing in the four states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. (1994-2007)
  • Team leader for a consultancy assignment to define the Employment Potential and Priorities for the Promotion and Financing of Tile, Brick and Stone Production in four Indian states for the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and the National Housing Bank (NHB). (1994)
  • Team leader for the field-testing and development of a new high-energy efficiency Ultraviolet (UV) based community water treatment system developed at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL). (1994-2005)
  • Involved in the Drafting and Development of Technical Standards for Building materials, systems and disaster resistant design for the Bureau of Indian Standards. (1988-2000)
  • Leader of the R&D team that developed the TARA micro-concrete roof tile production system. (1987-1990)
  • Leader of the R&D team that developed Biomass based roofing sheets for cost-effective housing. (1987-1990)
  • Leader of the R&D team that developed a manual Clay extruder to produce tiles, pipes and extruded sections to increase the productivity and product range of traditional potters in rural India. (1986-1988)
  • Undertook the Development, Optimization and Market Dissemination of Innovative and Cost-Effective Building Systems. (1984-1990)
  • Responsible for the Design and execution of over 300 houses and institutional buildings including the internationally acknowledged Development Alternatives headquarters in New Delhi. (1984-90)
  • Member of the team that developed the Balram soil blockmaking machine. (1984-86)

Books

Chapters in Books & Peer Reviewed Articles

2019

  1. Second Lead Author Meeting, IPCC Working Group II Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, 14-19 July 2019, Kathmandu, Nepal
  2. Pritzker Forum on Global Cities, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 5-7 June 2019
  3. How Must Indian Cities Adapt To Climate Change? Radio Interview at WBEZ Worldwide 91.5, Chicago, 5 June 2019
  4. Closing Panel on Cities and Disaster Risk Reduction, Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, 17 April 2019
  5. Roundtable on Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, 17 April 2019
  6. Panel on the Launch of GRAF Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, 16 April 2019
  7. Plenary Keynote Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Launch of GAR 2019, Geneva, 15 April 2019
  8. Introduction to the SDGs, Ericsson India, Noida, 26 April 2019
  9. Introduction to the SDGs, Ericsson India, Bangalore, 23 April 2019
  10. U Penn, Philadelphia, 15-17 April 2019
  11. 25 Years of Democracy in South Africa, Durban, 6-7 April 2019
  12. IFC- Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium (SHLC) conference, Bangalore, 3 April 2019
  13. Disaster Resilient Infrastructure workshop, New Delhi, 20 March 2019
  14. KNOW Annual meeting, Havana, 25-28 February 2019
  15. UCLG Ubuntu advisory Group, Barcelona, 13-16 February 2019
  16. IPCC, Briefing on SR1.5C Assessment methodology, IPCC LAM1, Durban, 24th January 2019
  17. IPCC seminar, University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban, 21st January 2019
  18. IAS Probationers, Bharat Darshan, Bangalore, 16th January 2019
  19. Urban Lens 2018 – The City and the Creative Economy 24th January 2019
  20. Urban ARC 2019 – Closing Panel, New Urban Science, 12th January 2019
  21. Urban ARC chairing invited panel on ‘Geographies of Technology”, Bangalore 11th January 2019
  22. Urban ARC 2019 – Introduction with Panel: Governing the Urban, 10th January 2019
  23. Opening Doctoral Workshop, Bangalore 7th January 2019

2018

  1. National Consultation on Climate adaptation, Bangalore, 11th December 2018
  2. International Conference on Urban Health, Kampala, 28-30th November 2018
  3. Greenbuild Plenary, Mumbai, 16th November 2018
  4. UPD Opening, Bangalore, 14th November 2018
  5. Finance Commission presentation, New Delhi 12-13th November 2018
  6. SUPM convening, Copenhagen, 6-7th November 2018
  7. Opening Plenary U-20, Buenos Aires, 28-31st October 2018
  8. IPCC, SR1.5C convening, Marrakesh, 25-27th October 2018
  9. WWF Climate convening, Seoul, 8th October 2018
  10. IPCC Plenary, Incheon, 27th September – 7th October 2018
  11. SDSN LC, New York, 23-26th September 2018
  12. SUPM convening, New York, 5-6th September 2018
  13. SUPM convening, Brussels, 20-21th August 2018
  14. Climate Keynote, Radboud University, 17th August 2018
  15. Finance Commission presentation, New Delhi 8th August 2018
  16. Mint Climate consultation, Bangalore 26th July 2018
  17. OECD Climate consultation, BSE Mumbai 5th July 2018
  18. Adaptation Futures Closing Plenary, Cape Town 21st June 2018
  19. ASSAR meeting, Cape Town, 15-17th June 2018
  20. Mahesh Buch Memorial lecture, Bhopal, 6th June 2018
  21. IPCC Lead Author Meeting, Paris 24-25th May 2018
  22. SDSN Leadership Council meeting, Stockholm 15-16th May 2018
  23. CARIAA convening, New Delhi 4th May 2018
  24. GCRF Roundtable on Cities & Sustainable Infrastructure, New Delhi 27th April 2018
  25. IPCC Lead Author Meeting, Gabarone, 8-14th April 2018
  26. GAR Advisory Board, Geneva, 20-21st March 2018
  27. State of Housing Conference, Mumbai 16th March 2018
  28. Edmonton Cities IPCC Plenary & session, 1st March 2018
  29. KNOW meeting, London, 26 Feb – 1 March 2018
  30. Plenary presentation 361 Conference, Mumbai, 17 Feb 2018
  31. CityScripts, Academic writing panel, Bangalore, 16 Feb 2018
  32. ACC International Conference, Cape Town, 1-3 Feb 2018 (two sessions)
  33. NCBS India-Africa convening, Bangalore 30 January 2018
  34. Monash University convening, Bangalore, 24 January 2018

2017

  1. Keynote IIHS, Urban Policy Dialogue 2017, Bangalore, India 9 November 2017
  2. South-western Command, Indian Army, Jaipur, 1 November 2017
  3. Lecture on Leaders in Sustainable Development, Executive Training Programme, Sunway University, Malaysia 31st October 2017
  4. IPCC Malmo, Sweden, October 2017
  5. IPCC Lead Authors Meeting 3, Malmo, Sweden, October 2017
  6. European Philanthropies, Copenhagen 10 October 2017
  7. LBSNAA, Mussoorie, 3 October 2017
  8. SDSN Leadership Council, New York, September 2017
  9. Lecture on New School University, New York, 21September 2007
  10. High Level Panel, 72nd UN General Assembly, 6 September 2017
  11. Global Task Force, New York, September 2017
  12. Royal Geographic Society Conference, London, September 2017
  13. Climate Change, Morocco, Aug/Sept 2017
  14. Central Command, Indian Army, Lucknow, 24 August 2017
  15. UCL-Nature Panel, UCL, London 3 July 2017
  16. EcoCities Summit, Melbourne, July 2017
  17. Melbourne University, July 2017
  18. Melbourne Water, July 2017
  19. Monash University, July 2017
  20. IPCC Special Report on 1.5C, Lead Authors Meeting 2, Exeter, 5-10th June 2017
  21. Session on Urban Financing, Berlin, 1st June 2017
  22. SDSN Leadership Council, Berlin, 30-31st May 2017
  23. Panel on Future opportunities for University-led capacity building, London School of Economics, London, 24th May 2017
  24. Opening Keynote, Universities and the City, British Council, Going Global, Whitehall, London, 22nd May 2017
  25. IPCC AR6 Scoping Meeting, Addis Abbaba, 1-6th May 2017
  26. Opening Keynote at WIEGO 20th Anniversary Retreat, Bellagio, 25th April 2017
  27. Southern Command, Indian Army, Pune, 17th April 2017
  28. Green infrastructures for more liveable cities, Boconni University, Milan 7th April 2017
  29. Climate change, IIT Mumbai, 5th April 2017
  30. RoundTable on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, New Delhi, 1st April 2017
  31. Lecture on Climate CEPT University, 31st March 2017
  32. Urban Planning & Sustainable Infrastructure session, New Development Bank Annual meeting, New Delhi, 2nd April 2017
  33. Keynote at IIHS National consultation on Climate Change, New Delhi, 24th March 2017
  34. Closing Keynote at IIHS CityScripts, New Delhi 11th March 2017
  35. IPCC Lead Authors Meeting 1, Brazil 6th March 2017
  36. Keynote on Govt. of South Africa, Treasury, Johannesburg, 28th February 2017
  37. Eastern Command, Indian Army, Fort William, Kolkata, 21st February 2017
  38. Lecture on State of Housing Seminar, Mumbai, February 2017
  39. Opening Keynote at IIHS CityScripts, February 2017
  40. Closing Keynote on Adaptation C-40, Dubai, 26th January 2017
  41. Chair of Closing Panel on Pedagogy: Teaching from the South, IIHS Urban Annual Research Conference, IIHS, Bangalore 18th January 2017
  42. Opening Keynote, IIHS Urban Annual Research Conference, IIHS, Bangalore 18th January 2017

2016

  1. Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing & Urban Development, New Delhi, 15th December 2016
  2. Indian Institute of Architects, National Convention, Bangalore, 3rd December 2016
  3. COP22 & Low-Emissions Solutions Conference , Marrakesh, 13-17th November 2016
  4. Keynote IIHS, Urban Policy Dialogue 2016, Bangalore, India 10th November 2016
  5. ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2016, New Delhi, 28th October 2016
  6. UCLG Plenary, Bogota, 14th October 2016
  7. UCLG, Bogota, 11-14th October 2016
  8. LBSNAA, Mussoorie, 5th October 2016
  9. Lima conference, Lima, 3rd October 2016
  10. IDRC 1.5C meeting, Oxford
  11. UNSDSN Leadership Council, New York, 19-20th September 2016
  12. ASSAR, Pune, August 2016
  13. IPCC SR1.5C Scoping meeting, WMO, Geneva, 15-18th August 2016
  14. CARIAA, Ethiopia, July 2016
  15. Cities Alliance Bosrd, Brussels, July 2016
  16. Closing Keynote, Resilient Cities, Bonn, July 2016
  17. IDS 50, States, Markets and Society Conference, Brighton, 6th July 2016
  18. CityNET, Seoul, June 2016
  19. CA meeting, Berlin, June 2016
  20. German Habitat Forum 2016, Berlin, June 2016
  21. UNSDSN, Brussels, May 2016
  22. Bocconi University, Milan, May 2016
  23. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, May 2016
  24. Melbourne City Hall, Melbourne, May 2016
  25. Ozwater, Melbourne, May 2016
  26. Curtin, Perth, May 2016
  27. LBSNAA, Mussoorie, 2nd May 2016
  28. Tata Innovista, Mumbai, 21st April 2016
  29. Cities Alliance, Board meeting, Brussels, 6-7th April 2016
  30. DRR, TISS, Mumbai, 4th April 2016
  31. Workshop on Sustainable Cities?, Indian Army, IIHS, Bangalore, 9-10th March 2016
  32. Sustainable Financing, Bellagio, 2-5th March 2016
  33. Habitat III conference preparation, Sao Paolo, 28-29th February 2016
  34. CityScripts, Bangalore, 19th February 2016
  35. IDDRI conference, Paris, 2-3rd February 2016
  36. Keynote, ISOLA conference, Bangalore, 22nd January 2016
  37. SDG Campaign convening, Cities Alliance, Brussels, 12-13th January 2016
  38. SDSN Habitat III convening, Bonn, 14th January 2016

2015

  1. Brazil-EU dialogue, IIED, London, 19-20th November 2015
  2. UNSDSN, G-20, Istanbul, 10-12th November 2015
  3. LBSBAA, Phase-V, Mussoorie, 5th November 2015
  4. Keynote, Civil Society Convention on Sustainable Cities, Mumbai, 15th October 2015
  5. Habitat III, GAP Plenary, New School University, 2nd October 2015
  6. Lecture on SDGs, India China Institute, New School University, New York, 1st October 2015
  7. CASI Khemka lecture, University of Pennslvania, Philadelphia, 30th September 2015
  8. UNSDSN Sustainable Cities meeting, New School University, New York, 24th September 2015
  9. UNSDSN Leadership Council, New York, 22-24th September 2015
  10. IPCC AR5 outreach meeting, Bangkok, 17 August 2015
  11. SDSN-Pontifical Academy meeting on Sustainable Cities, Vatican City, 21-22nd July 2015
  12. SDGs, Mistra, Gothenberg, 8-10th June 2015
  13. UNSDSN Leadership Council, Paris, 4-5th May 2015
  14. Keynote: The SDGs and their contribution to a more inclusive urban green economy, PEP20 Edinburgh, 27th May 2015
  15. CARIAA annual meeting, Gaborone, 17-21st May 2015
  16. Level 3 IAS Officers training, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, 5-7th May 2015
  17. Nobel Symposium on Sustainability, PIKS-Asia Foundation, Hong Kong, 22-24th April 2015
  18. UN Habitat, Governing Council, Nairobi, 20th April 2015
  19. Climate change, CARIAA national consultation, New Delhi,18th April 2015
  20. Fiscal meeting, PHFI, Gurgaon, 2nd March 2015
  21. SDSN, Istanbul, 15-19th February 2015
  22. Tata Sustainability, Pune, 22nd January 2015
  23. New School, IIHS, Bangalore, 7-9th January 2015

2014

  1. Cities can save us, TEDx Palais des Nations, Geneva, 11th December 2014
  2. RF Resilience, NUS, Singapore, 2-3rd December 2014
  3. Kapucinski lecture, University of Cape Town, 3-6th November 2014
  4. UNISDR GAR15, University of Miami, 30th September – 1st October 2014
  5. UNSDSN Leadership Council, New York, 19-20th September 2014
  6. UN Habitat Inside Out conference, New School, New York, 16th September 2014
  7. Balaton Group meeting, Balaton, 14th September 2014
  8. UCL convening, London, 22-24th August 2014
  9. ASSAR meeting, IIHS, Bangalore, 21-23rd July 2014
  10. Keynote, DPU at 60, 2-4th July 2014
  11. UNSDSN Leadership Council, Beijing, 15-16th May 2014
  12. Brainstorming on the Urban Agenda, UCLG, Barcelona, 28-29th May 2014
  13. IPCC AR5 Plenary, Yokohama, 24-28th March 2014
  14. ASSAR meeting, Nairobi, 3-8th March 2014
  15. GAR 15 meeting, IIHS, Bangalore 26-28th February 2014
  16. Lecture on “Future of Liberal Arts & Sciences”, Yale-RRI-IIHS, Bangalore, 9th January 2014
  17. Speech on “Sustainable Cities” to UN Open Working Group on the SDGs, United Nations, 6-8th January 2014

2013

  1. UNISDR GAR15 Board, Geneva, 26-28th November 2013
  2. Innovation conference, University of Pennsylvania, 14-15th November 2013
  3. ADB, Manila, 23-24th October 2013
  4. Closing Keynote, UCLG Summit, Rabat, 3-5th October 2013
  5. UNSDSN Leadership Council, 19-20th September 2013
  6. UCCRN conference, Columbia University, 17-18th September 2013
  7. Lecture on Royal Geographical Society conference, London, 30-31st August 2013
  8. SDSN SDG convening, Bellagio, 21-23rd August 2013
  9. SDG Health consultation, Hyderabad, 16-17th August 2013
  10. IPCC AR5 Lead Author meeting, Bled, Slovenia, 15-19th July 2013
  11. ICAS, Macao, 26-28th June 2013
  12. Keynote “Human City”, New Cities Summit, Sao Paolo, 4-6th June 2013
  13. Consultation on an Urban SDG, SDSN?, Bellagio, 22-25th April 2013
  14. GAR 15 meeting, San Jose, Costa Rica, 18-20th April 2013
  15. UC Berkeley Urban conference, IIHS, Bangalore, 26-27th March 2013
  16. Transportation in Bangalore, AusAID-Curtin University, Bangalore, 16th March 2013
  17. Keynote DFID India, New Delhi, 20th February 2013
  18. UNISDR GAR 2015 Board meeting, Geneva, 7-8th February 2013
  19. Transport Round Table, University of Mumbai, 31st January 2013

2012

  1. UKNA convening, Delft, 5-6th November 2012
  2. India China Institute, New Delhi, 2nd November 2012
  3. IPCC AR5 Lead Author meeting, Buenos Aires, 21-25th October 2012
  4. Rockefeller Foundation, Development Solutions conference, Bangkok, 27-28th September 2012
  5. Lecture at Indiaspora convening, New York,15-16th September 2012
  6. Keynote at India-Today conference, Copenhagen, 13th September 2012
  7. Lecture on 2nd Vice Chancellor’ Retreat, Delhi, 2nd September 2012
  8. Keynote on Energy Positive Habitats, Auroville, 1st September 2012
  9. ISEC-Brown seminar 3-4th January 2012

2011

  1. Indian Urban conference, New Delhi, 22nd November 2011
  2. Indian Urban conference, Mysore, 17-19th November 2011
  3. Indian Urban conference Opening panel, New Delhi, 9th November 2011
  4. India Urban conference, Yale, 29-30th May 2011
  5. SI workshop, University of Stellenbosch, 31st March- 1st April 2011
  6. ACC workshop, 28-30th March 2011
  7. 21st Century City, UC Berkeley conference, Delhi, 25th March 2011
  8. IPCC Infrastructure, Kolkata, 24th March 2011
  9. GAR 11, Geneva, 23-25th February 2011
  10. ICRIER workshop, New Delhi, 24th January 2011
  11. IPCC, AR5, Working Group II LAM1, Tsukuba Japan, 11-16th January 2011
  12. IIHS Curriculum meeting, Bangalore, 3-7th January 2011

2010

  1. Keynote IHDP, Tempe, Arizona 16th October 2010
  2. Lecture, University of Denver, 11th October 2010
  3. ACSP, Minneapolis, 9th October 2010
  4. Opening Keynote, AAPS Conference, 5-6th October 2010
  5. Keynote on Funding Agra, 8th August 2010
  6. Urbanisation Seminar, French Institute, Pondicherry, 16th July 2010
  7. DPU Panel, Mihir Shah, 23rd June 2010
  8. IIHS DPU convening, London, 21-22nd June 2010
  9. IIHS Curriculum meeting, London, 14-17th June 2010
  10. ACC meeting, Cape Town, 10-14th May 2010
  11. Chair of IIHS Curriculum Partners conference, Bengaluru, 5-8th January 2010

2009

  1. Lecture on Foundations of Good Governance in India: 60 years of the First Republic, DFID India, New Delhi 2nd December 2009
  2. Lecture on India’s Urban Transformation from Challenge to Opportunity DPU Dialogues in Development lecture series, UCL London, 18th November 2009
  3. IIHS Curriculum Partners conference, UCL London 15-18th November 2009
  4. Lecture on India’s Urban Transformation from Challenge to Opportunity Ideo Know How lecture series Palo Alto, 12th November 2009
  5. Baker Memorial lecture on The Opportunities of India’s Urban Transformation, Thrissur, 5th October 2009
  6. Keynote on A brief history of the Sustainable Development project and ‘beyond’ at the Balaton Group Annual meeting, Balatonszèmes, Hungary, 8th September 2009
  7. Lecture at MIT India Urb-Lab Eastern waterfront studio, Mumbai 1st September 2009
  8. Chair of IIHS Curriculum Partners conference, Bellagio, 25-28th August 2009
  9. Opening Keynote IIHS Curriculum Partners conference, MIT, Boston, 6-7th April 2009
  10. UNDP/ISDR international workshop on Global Assessment of Risk report (2009), Bangkok, 15th March 2009
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