Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar


External Consultant
spgajjar at iihs dot ac dot in

PhD in Sustainable Development School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch
PGDM in Public Finance and Economics Program, University of South Africa
Master of Science in Project Management, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Bachelor of Architecture School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India

Academics & Research

Sumetee conducts research on vulnerability as it is experienced in rural, urban and peri-urban areas in India. Sumetee is interested in translating research on urban sustainability into practice and policy. Her doctoral thesis examined business decisions aimed at corporate environmental sustainability, including reduced carbon emissions. Sumetee’s current engagement on the CARIAA research programme allows her to delve into dynamic rural and urban connections in semi-arid regions, in the context of a changing climate.


Sumetee is a consultant with IIHS and has worked as a design consultant in her early career in India. She worked as a policy and strategic development planning consultant and trainer for the South African public sector. She has taught strategic and development planning to municipal officials and worked on policy analysis of environmental, development and climate change regulations and legislation, systems analysis of business processes towards reduced emissions and waste streams, and city development strategies for sustainability.


Best Student, Bachelor’s and Master’s level; Research Fellow , Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch; International fellowship, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia; Finalist, New Voices in Science Competition, Stellenbosch, 2012; Presentation of thesis at several international conferences


Sustainability, Climate Change and the Urban and Environment and the City

Selected Publications
  1. Gajjar, S. P. (2017, Forthcoming). Examining the development trajectories of Delhi and Bangalore towards ‘sustainable’ urban futures. Environmental Research Letters.
  2. 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.
  3. Singh, C., Gajjar, S. P., & Deshpande, T. (2016). Policies, Projects and People Exploring the Adaptation-development Spectrum in India (CARIAA-ASSAR Working Paper 2). Ottawa, Canada: International Development Research Centre.
  4. Gajjar, S. P. (2016). Should Bangalore Aim to Become a Smart City?. Bhoomi, 7(1), 20-21.
  5. Revi, A., Bazaz, A., Krishnaswamy, J., Bendapudi, R., Souza, M. D., & Gajjar, S. P. (2015). Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in semi-arid areas in India (ASSAR Working Paper). Cape Town, S.A.: ASSAR PMU, University of Cape Town.
  6. Revi, A., Satterthwaite, D., Aragón-Durand, F., Corfee-Morlot, J., Kiunsi, R. B., Pelling, M., Gajjar, S.P., …& Sverdlik, A. (2014). Towards Transformative Adaptation in Cities: the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment. Environment and Urbanization, 26(1), 11-28.
  7. Jain, G., Jigyasu, R., Gajjar, S. P., & Malladi, T. (2014). Cities provide transformational opportunity to reduce risk accumulation (IIHS RF paper on Indian urban risk and resilience). Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  8. Revi, A., Satterthwaite, D., Aragon-Durand, F., Corfeee-Morlot, J., Kiunsi, Robert B. R., Pelling, M., … Sverdlik, A. (2014). Urban Areas. In Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.  Part A: Global and Sectorial Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (pp. 535-612). New York: Cambridge University Press.

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