2017 MA, Urban Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
2015 BA, Political Science, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore
States: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan
Cities: Most cities within the above states as part of AMRUT
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Tulu
Pooja’s areas of interest include municipal governance, urban policy, sustainable municipal financing, affordable housing for the urban poor, sustainable development and planning. As part of her Master’s in Urban Policy and Governance at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, she delved into all of the above fields. Her Master’s thesis dealt with analysing the Capacity Building Policy Framework in India for Municipal Officials and its effectiveness and relevance in their contexts with the case study of a Ward Office in the Bangalore Municipal Corporation. Pooja has worked with organisations like Youth for Seva, Janaagraha and U&I in the capacity of volunteer and intern.
As part of the Urban Practitioners’ Programme she primarily works with building content and delivering capacity building courses to Government officials from Urban Local Bodies across cities in Goa, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. Her areas of teaching include governance and policy, planning, affordable housing, sustainable financing, transport and reforms in the urban sector. Apart from this, she is also part of Government funded research projects that revolve around sustainable municipal financing, urbanisation and its nuances, urban sanitation, among others.