Garima Jain

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Senior Consultant – Practice
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MPP/UP, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA, USA; B.Arch., Sushant school of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon , Haryana, India.

Academics & Research

Garima’s areas of research include issues of vulnerabilities and risks particularly in urban areas, migration, climate change and multi-dimensional urban poverty. She has been instrumental in building and delivering capacity building programmes for working professionals on various themes including – Integrated Urban Disaster Risk Reduction, Urban India & Environmental Sustainability, Data Visualisation and Re-imagining the world-class city. She also contributes to the curriculum building exercise for Quantitative and Empirical Methods, Urban Management and Urban Planning. Garima also assists with the project management of the organisation.

She is currently leading the Urban Recorder at IIHS which is an audio-visual archive of the transformations taking place in India.  She recently exhibited her explorations along with the works of Paul Fernandes with the ‘Curious Transformations’. It was a documentation of changes taking place in the city of Bangalore.


She supports the practice team on urban policy projects. She has led several urban policy projects including those on disaster risk for UNISDR, urban poverty for UNDP and overall urban policy support partnership with Rockefeller Foundation.

She has an extensive experience in planning, research and capacity building. Before IIHS, she led design and development projects for sustainable community habitats with Abaxial Architects Pvt. Ltd. and has worked with the City of Somerville (Massachusetts) as a graduate consultant for analysing existing and designing new parking regulations. She was a part of the London Organizing Committee of Olympic Games (2012), where she helped prepare accessibility & inclusion guidelines and led the accessibility management team in the transportation planning projects.


S. Bagley Gold Medal for the Most Innovative Thesis titled “The Living Bridge”; Woods Scholarship for two years and International Student Scholarship at Harvard University; Winner of the Annual Spring Exercise (HKS) and briefed World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick on ‘Partnership Strategies with World Food Programme.’


Integrated Urban Disaster Risk Reduction, Quantitative Methods, Project Management, Ethics and Responsibility.

Selected Publications
  1. Jain, G., & Malladi, T. (2017, Forthcoming). Geography of risk in Urban India. International Journal of Disaster risk science.
  2. Gajjar, S. P., Jain, G., Michael, K., & Singh, C. (2017, Forthcoming). Entrenched vulnerabilities: evaluating climate justice across development and adaptation responses in Southern India. In K.K. Bhavnani, J. Foran, P.A. Kurian & D. Munshi (Eds.), Climate Futures: Re-imagining Global Climate Justice. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  3. Jain, G., & Malladi, T. (2016). Understanding risk concentration in urban India. In P. T. Costa, D. Quino, & R. A. C. Garcia. (Eds.), ICUR2016 Proceedings. Paper presented at the International Conference on Urban Risks,  Lisbon, 30 June-02 July (pp. 43-50). Lisbon: European Centre on Urban Risks.
  4. Revi, A., Gajjar, S. P., Bazaz, A., Jain, G. & Basu, R. (2016).Bangalore, India. In S. Bartlett & D. Satterthwaite. (Eds.), Cities on a finite planet: towards transformative responses to climate change (pp. 41-62). New York: Routledge.
  5. Jain, G., Bazaz, A., Jigyasu, R., Malladi, T., Balasubramanian, A., Ramoji, S., . . . Raju, J. S. M. (2016).Reducing relocation risk in urban India: a diagnostic. Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  6. Simon, D., Arfvidsson, H., Anand, G., Bazaz, A., Fenna, G., Foster, K., . . . Moodley, N. (2016).Developing and testing the urban sustainable development goal’s targets and indicators–a five-city study. Environment and Urbanization, 28(1), 49-63.
  7. Jain, G. (2015, December). Relocation, resettlement, rehabilitation: key challenges and opportunities for cities.
  8. Jain, G. (2015, July). Reducing relocation risk in urban India.
  9. Jain, G. (2015). The role of private sector for reducing disaster risk in large scale infrastructure and real estate development: Case of Delhi. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 14, 238-255.
  10. Gajjar, S. P., Jigyasu, R., Jain, G., Soni, P., Padmanabhan, G., Munshi, M., … Lankari, A. (2013).Poverty and vulnerability reduction, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation with a human development focus (UNDP-IIHS Joint Working Paper). Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

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