2011 MA, Economics, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai
2009 BA, Economics, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
Countries: India, UK
Cities: Bengaluru, London
Languages: English, Kannada, Hindi
As Senior Associate, Academics & Research, Amogh Arakali’s work focuses on the study of institutions, their structures, behaviour, and evolution within urban political economies. In particular, his focus of work is on analysing how institutions evolve, adapt, and influence in the face of urbanisation in India.
At present, he is working on institutions of resource use and management in Indian cities, specifically Bengaluru. Some of his work also deals with ideas and concepts of the urban commons, and he recently co-authored a teaching case on lake conservation movements in Bengaluru with Jayaraj Sundaresan, examining lakes and lake systems as a commons. Additionally, he is studying institutions of environmental governance as part of IIHS’ research under ASSAR. Specifically, he is examining the current institutional frameworks at national and state levels in India for climate change adaptation, with a specific focus on budgetary spending.
Amogh’s previous research involved assisting on a project that studied links between industrial corridors and urbanisation in India, using the case of the Delhi-Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Amogh has also been involved in developing a series of teaching films on cash transfers and urban food security under the RF-IIHS Urban India Policy Support Partnership. Additionally, he participated in conducting a study of water vulnerabilities in Bengaluru in 2014.
He currently teaches in IIHS’ Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), particularly on topics of economy, institutions, and governance,as well as issues of the commons. He is also assisting with the co-ordination of the overall UFP – in particular, curriculum development for the commons term, and general logistics of the programme.
Amogh has been involved with organising several IIHS events in the past. These include the Annual Research Conference at IIHS (2017 and 2018), the Annual PhD workshops (2017 and 2018) the Urban Policy Dialogues (2015), the Programme for Working Professionals in Urban Development (PWP-UD) 2012 and the National Student Challenges in 2011 and 2012. Furthermore, he is a member of IIHS’ Library Committee, assisting in the development of the IIHS Library.