Anushree Deb

Senior Associate - Academics & Research | adeb at iihs dot ac dot in

2012 MA, Habitat Policy & Practice, TISS, Mumbai
2010 BA, History (Hons), Delhi University, Delhi



Countries: India
States: Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu
Cities: New Delhi, Jaipur, Solapur, Chennai, Hubli-Dharwad, Bijapur
Languages: English, Bengali, Hindi

Anushree is a Senior Associate in the Academics & Research Team at IIHS. She earned her Master’s in Habitat Policy and Practice from TISS, and her Bachelor’s (Honors) in History from Delhi University. Her work spans across areas of Affordable Housing, Water and Sanitation and Heritage Conservation. Anushree has worked across several practice and research projects at IIHS including impact assessments of water & sanitation interventions in collaboration with MHT SEWA, formulating and testing frameworks for conducting heritage impact assessments in collaboration with UNESCO, and being part of a team at IIHS aiding the State Government of Karnataka in drafting their Affordable Housing and Slum Area Development Policy.

As a part of Urban Practitioners Programme, Anushree has curated and taught in the capacity development programmes for affordable housing and heritage management for government officials from multiple state governments across India. As part of the Rockefeller-IIHS Urban India Policy Support Partnership, she has also filmed and co-directed 2 documentaries on “Household Coping Mechanisms of Water Supply in Katihar and Bangalore” & “Wastewater Management and Disposal in Bangalore”.

Anushree has also coordinated several aspects of the Urban Fellows Programme include aspects of outreach and the a section of the course module called ‘Unpacking Urbaninsm’.

Research Projects at IIHS

2012 – 2014 India Urban Policy Support Partnership


Practice Projects at IIHS


Karnataka Slum Areas Development Policy
Karnataka Affordable Housing Policy
Research Support for MHT Sanitation Intervention in Katihar, Bihar


Capacity Building under AMRUT
Capacity Building for Rajiv Awas Yojana
Protecting and Managing Living Urban Heritage

Book Chapters

  • Bhan, G., & Deb, A. (2017). Indispensable yet inaccessible: the paradoxes of adequate housing in urban India. In K. Kannabiran & A. Hans (Eds.), India Social Development Report 2016: Disability Rights Perspectives (pp. 229–238). New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Anand, G., Wankhade, K., Raman, R. K., Deb, A., & Vishnu, M. J. (2016). Tracing exclusions in urban water supply and sanitation. In India Exclusion Report 2015 (pp. 67–106). New Delhi: Yoda Press.
  • Deb, A., Bhan, G., Anand, G., Arakali, A. & Harish, S. (2014). Urban housing and exclusion. In India Exclusion Report 2013–14 (pp. 77–107). Bangalore: Books for Change.


Other Writing

  • Anand, G., & Deb, A. (2017, March). Planning, “Violations,” & Urban inclusion: A Study of Bhubaneswar. Bangalore: Indo-Global Social Service Society, Yuva.
  • Deb, A. (2016). Viability of public private partnership in building affordable housing in India. Shelter, 17(1), 40–46.
  • Deb, A., Jain, G., & Jigyasu, R. (2013). Socio-economics of urban heritage in India (IIHS Position Paper). Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • 2017    Paper presentation at the University of Derby
  • 2016    Paper Presentation at the Urban Planning and Property Development Conference in Singapore
  • 2013    Socio Economics of Urban Heritage, IHCN-UNESCO