Gautam Bhan

Lead - Academics & Research | gbhan at iihs dot co dot in

2012 PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
2006 MA, Urban Sociology, University of Chicago
2002 BA, Political Economy and Development, Amherst College, Massachusetts



Countries: India, South Africa
States: Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Rajasthan
Cities: Delhi, Ranchi, Bangalore, Jaipur
Languages: English, Hindi, Kashmiri

Part of the School of Human Development at IIHS, Gautam teaches, researches and writes on the politics of urban poverty and inequality, urban and planning theory, housing, and identity and social practice. At IIHS, Gautam has taught under several programmes, including the Urban Fellows Programme, the Urban Practitioners Programme and the PWP-UD.


He anchors IIHS role as a National Resource Centre with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and is part of IIHS’ work in affordable housing policy and practice. His previous research has focused on displacement and resettlement of the urban poor in Delhi, and his new work engages with regimes of urban welfare and social security, including work on urban health. He has been an active part of urban social movements on sexuality as well as housing rights, and currently advises and trains governmental agencies at local, state and national levels on housing policy.


He is the author of In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi  (University  of Georgia Press 2017; Orient Blackswan 2017), co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South (Routledge 2018), co-author of Swept off the Map: Surviving Eviction and Resettlement in Delhi (2008), and co-editor of Because I have a Voice: Queer Politics in India (2006), in addition to numerous academic articles. He also writes frequently in public intellectual spaces and frequently in Caravan, India Today, Tehelka, Indian Express, the Hindustan Times and the Times of India.

Research Projects at IIHS

2017 Tacit Urban Research Network
2017 WHO Study on Child Care Practices of Women Working in the Informal Sector
2016-17 Planning, ‘Violations’ and Urban Inclusion
2016 Tracing Discrimination on the basis of Non-Normative Genders and Sexualities
2013 Re-framing Urban Inclusion


Practice Projects at IIHS

2015-16 Karnataka Affordable Housing Policy
2013-14 India Urban Policy Support Partnership


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Reports and Policy Papers

Public Writing

  • Keynote Lecture: Theoretical Vectors and Methodological Frontiers. African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference. Cape Town, South Africa (2018).
  •  Author meets Critics: Gautam Bhan onIn the Public’s Interest’, American Association of Geography, Boston, USA (2017)
  • BGU Lecture Series on the Global South. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Tel Aviv, Israel (2017)
  • Roundtable on Evictions in the New Millennium, at National Meeting of the National Association of Graduate and Research Programs in Urban and Regional Planning, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017; with Ananya Roy, Oren Yiftachel)
  • Readings from four cities in the global south, Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai (2016; with Kelly Gillespie, Abdoumaliq Simone).
  • The Right to the City: From North to South. Luskin Institute for Inequality and Democracy, University of California, Los Angeles (2016)
  • Sexuality intersects: Searching for tongues? ILF Samanvay: Language as Public Action. India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (2016)
  • The Intent to Reside: Coming and Being in the City. Interdisciplinary Debates on Development and Culture, Department of Anthropology, Katholik University, Leuven, Belgium (2015).
  • Re-defining the Smart City Paradigm towards Inclusive Urbanism. Habitat Unit, Technical University, Berlin, Germany (2015)
  • The Right to the City, The 6th Annual Carol Breckenridge Memorial Lecture, PUKAR, Mumbai, India (2015; with Anant Maringanti)
  • City Stories about Land and Multiplicity. Grootboom Lecture Series, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2014; with Ash Amin, Teresa Caldeira, Filip DeBoeck)
  • Queer politics and inclusive planning: Making intersectionality travel. The 60th Anniversary of the Development Planning Unit, The University of London, UK (2014).