Amogh Arakali

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Senior Associate – Academics & Research 
aarakali at iihs dot ac dot in

M.A. Economics, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai
B.A. Economics, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

Academics & Research

General Research Interests: As Senior Associate, Academics & Research, my work focuses on the study of institutions, their structures, behaviour, and evolution within urban political economies. In particular, I focus on analysing how institutions evolve, adapt, and influence in the face of urbanisation in India.

Current Research:
At the moment, my work focuses on institutions of resource use and management in Indian cities, specifically Bengaluru. I am studying lake conservation movements in Bengaluru, examining lakes and lake systems as a commons, and therefore much of my work also deals with ideas and concepts of the urban commons.

Additionally, I am currently studying institutions of environmental governance as part of IIHS’ research under ASSAR. I am specifically interested in institutional linkages between water and energy in the Greater Bengaluru Region.

Previous Research: My previous work involved assisting in a research project that studied links between industrial corridors and urbanisation in India, using the case of the Delhi-Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor in Gujarat and Rajasthan (please see my publications for more details);

Academics: I am currently assisting with teaching in IIHS’ Urban Fellows Programme, particularly on topics of institutions, governance, environment and sustainability, and issues of the commons.


I have been involved in developing a series of teaching films on cash transfers and urban food security under the RF-IIHS Urban India Policy Support Partnership. Additionally, I participated in conducting a study of water vulnerabilities in Bengaluru in 2014.

I am also a member of IIHS’ Library Committee, assisting in the development of the IIHS Library and have been involved with organising several IIHS events in the past. These include the Urban Policy Dialogues (2015), the Programme for Working Professionals in Urban Development 2012 and the National Student Challenges in 2011 and 2012.

Selected Publications
  1. Sundaresan, J., & Arakali, A. (2016). How are the commons rediscovered by today’s urbanised communities? IIHS No 1-0019. Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  2. Arakali, A. (2015, June 18). Why Bangalore’s Sarjapur road is a tragedy of the commons: how will neighborhoods in such places evolve? DailyO.
  3. Anand, S., Arakali, A., Jana, A., Koduganti, J., & Sami, N. (2015). Manufacturing cities: industrial policy and urban growth (IIHS-RF paper on manufacturing cities). Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  4. Bhan, G., Anand, G., Arakali, A., Deb, A., & Harish, S. (2014). Urban housing and exclusion. In India exclusion report 2013-14 (pp.77-107). Bangalore: Books for Change.

For more details, see Google Scholar profile.

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