Jayaraj Sundaresan

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Lead – Academics & Research
jsundaresan at iihs dot ac dot in

PhD Regional and Urban Planning Studies, LSE, London
MSc City Design and Social Science, LSE, London
Masters in Urban Design, CEPT, Ahmedabad
Bachelors in Architecture, CET, Kerala University

Academics & Research

Jayaraj co-directs the Urban Fellowship Program for 2016 and anchors the development of regional and urban planning domain. He is an urbanist with a background in Human Geography, Urban Sociology, Urban Planning, Urban Design and Architecture.


Apart from his academic pursuits, for many years, Jayaraj has worked with the local governments in London as a consultant on planning, regeneration and urban design policy. At the London Borough of Lewisham, he was involved in the negotiations of more than 100 key projects and wrote the evidence base for tall buildings. With London Borough of Haringey as the economic regeneration manager, he has worked on the borough’s economic regeneration policy, managed the project on Wood Green Town Centre regeneration and was a member of the Central Leeside regeneration team.

In 2001, he co-founded an Architecture and Planning consultancy named C-Earth (Centre for Environment Architecture and Human Settlements) based in Calicut and Kochi in Kerala. C-Earth was founded as a consulting and advocacy center for housing and regeneration, urban policy, planning, design, conservation and architecture. He ran it till 2004 before leaving as Director.

Between 1997-1998 he has worked on the heritage conservation of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur forts with Kulbhushan and Meenakshi Jain in Ahmedabad.

  • Urban Knowledge Network Asia Fellowship for Independent research, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, London, 2015-2016
  • Reframing urban inclusion, Ford Foundation case grant based at Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, India, 2014-2015
  • Bagri Fellow, Asia Research Centre, LSE, London, 2011-2012
  • LSE Research Studentship, LSE, London 2007-2012
  • Central Research Grant, University of London 2008-2009
  • Aga Khan Foundation ISP fellow to the LSE, London, 2004-2005
  • GATE Scholarship, Ministry of Human Resources, India 1998-2000

Jayaraj has about a decade of teaching experience; he has taught at the University College London (UCL), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) and National Institute of Technology -C (India)

External Tutor: Masters Dissertation Supervisor
2015: The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, London. UK
2014: Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Regional Planning, KU Leuven, Belgium

Visiting Faculty: Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, India
2016-17, Urban Fellows Programme, Co-director
2015, August: Planning Indian Cities: Utilities and futilities of the Master Plan, Urban practitioners Program, Lead Faculty
2014: Unpacking Urbanism – Urban Commons, Master Class, Lead Faculty,
2014, 2013; Comparative urban and regional research workshop
2011 Reimagining the world-class city

Graduate teaching Assistant, LSE
Undergraduate Seminar
2011-2012 : Understanding Development in the South, with Sharad Chari, Claire Mercer, Sylvia Chant
2006-2008: Foundations of social and spatial research methods
2008: London’s Geographies with Sharad Chari

Post Graduate Seminar
2009- 2010: Planning for sustainable cities with Nancy Holman
2010-2011: Lecture on Urban design in the public policy in the UK
2010, 2011- Ethnographic field work methods for planning research

Staff and Student Training
2010 and 2011: LSE wide training on NVIVO for LSE Methodology Institute

Lecturer: Department of Architecture, National Institute of Technology, India
2001, 2002: Lectured on Environmental Landscape, Urban Design, History of Architecture, Led Basic Design, Architecture and Urban Design studios

Selected Publications
  1. Sundaresan, J., Allen, A., & Johnson, C. (2017). Reading urban futures through their blue infrastructure: wetland networks in Bangalore and Madurai, India. In S. Bell, A. Allen, P. Hoffman, & T-H. Teh (Eds.), Urban Water Trajectories (pp 35-50). Basel: Springer.
  2. Sundaresan, J. (2016). The politics of participation in land use planning of Bangalore. In Y. Beebeejaun (Ed.), The Participatory City (pp. 46-53). Berlin: Jovis Verlag.
  3. Sundaresan, J., & Arakali, A. (2016). How are the commons rediscovered by today’s urbanised communities? IIHS Case No. 1-0019. Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  4. Holman, N., Mace, A., Paccoud, A., & Sundaresan, J. (2015). Coordinating density: working through conviction, suspicion and pragmatism. Progress in Planning, 101, 1-38.
  5. Nachmany, M., Fankhauser, S., Davidová, J., Kingsmill, N., Landesman, T., Roppongi, H., … & Sundaresan, J. (2015). The 2015 global climate legislation study: a review of climate change legislation in 99 countries: summary for policy-makers. Report prepared for the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London.
  6. Sundaresan, J. (2014, June 11). Who plans and who lives? urban planning lessons from Bangalore–Part Two. South Asia@ LSE blog.
  7. Sundaresan, J. (2013). Urban planning in vernacular governance land use planning and violations in Bangalore (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). London School of Economics and Political Science, London.
  8. Sundaresan, J. (2012, August 20). Urban commons and public interest coalitions: learning from the restoration of Bangalore’s lakes. South Asia@ LSE blog.
  9. Sundaresan, J. (2011). Planning as commoning: transformation of a Bangalore lake. Economic and Political Weekly, 46(50), 71-79.
  10. Rode, P., Wagner, J., Brown, R., Chandra, R., Sundaresan, J., Konstantinou, C., … Shankar, P. (2008). Integrated city making: governance planning and transport (Urban age working paper series) London: Urban Age Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science.

For more details, see Google Scholar profile.