Call for Proposals
Case Development towards Re-Framing Urban Inclusion

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Since 2013, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) has been engaged in a three-year project entitled “Re-Framing Urban Inclusion,” supported by the Ford Foundation. The project aims to contribute towards building a conceptual and empirical foundation for urban inclusion creating politically and economically inclusive cities.

It does so through developing a set of cases that explore the theme of urban inclusion in Indian cities. Specific focus areas include but are not limited to: (a) Conceptualising and Implementing Pro-Poor Planning; (b) Re-visiting Settlement Upgrading & Resettlement, and (c) Redrawing the Picture: New Metrics of Urban Inclusion.

Cases will have potential impact on policy and practice, and on current teaching and pedagogy for urban practice. All cases from in this project are designed to be taught in diverse learning environments and disseminated for use in teaching and training. The cases allow significant freedom to case authors.  The case material can be prepared in many forms: text, audio-visual, graphic, apps, websites, and other media; tied together by an inquiry framework and propositions on urban inclusion.  Cases should not merely collate “best practices.”  Selected applicants will be familiarised in detail with the project framework.

We encourage applications from diverse disciplines and practice domains, and from within and outside academic institutions. In the first two years of the project, cases have been developed by academics from diverse disciplines, practitioners, activists, public officials, journalists and artists, working independently or in small teams, either from within institutions or by themselves. For more details, including details of cases developed so far so as to best frame your proposal, click here.

This call for proposals seeks applications to develop a case within the broad theme of urban inclusion, or within a specific sub-theme outlined above. The Case-writing cycle begins May, 2015 and the final deliverables will be due in February, 2016 (with workshops and meetings in between). Grants available for a case will be between Rs. 2 and 3 Lakh.

Details of the Application

All applicants are highly encouraged to read abstracts of current cases under development.
Please submit the following in single PDF document, labeled appropriately as LASTNAME_Filename:

  1. 1. A statement describing the proposed case study (no more than 3 pages, or about 1000-1250 words). The statement should:
    a. Describe the case. What is this a case of? Remember that cases are not just documentations or “best practices” – each case must be guided by an inquiry and seek to make an argument.
    b. How does this case engage with conceptions and practices of urban inclusion?
    c. Outline a specific research plan for the period of May 2015-Feburary 2016.
    d. Suggest possible forms of the output. Applicants are to imagine a broad array of outputs from written texts to audio-visual media.
  2. A brief description of the qualifications of the applicant(s), with relevant CV(s).

The applications will be used to create a short-list of candidates that shall then be briefly interviewed.  Applications are due to ssrivatsa [at] iihs [dot] ac [dot] in.

Complete applications are due April 12th by 5pm IST.
No late applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The grant will be announced by third week of April. Selected candidates will be required to attend the first workshop in Bengaluru on May 11th and 12th, 2015.


  • This call is open to Indian Nationals.
  • Applications in this call are for cases based on settlements in India.
  • Relevant experience in the given research/practice area.
  • A track-record of case writing is a plus.
  • Comparative cases are welcome but cases based entirely on sites outside India will not be considered.
  • Applicants must make themselves available for three workshops in Bangalore –May 2015, October 2015, and February 2016. Costs of attendance will be borne by IIHS.