Proposed IIHS Institution of Eminence (IOE)

The proposed IIHS Institution of Eminence (IOE) takes urbanisation as the core of a new knowledge paradigm for a new, interdisciplinary, 21st century university. Its structure is built around five interdisciplinary Schools (expanding to ten by 2025) that can institutionally break with the limitations of the one-department-one-discipline model to create new cultures of teaching, research and practice.


Cutting across these Schools are the proposed IIHS IOE’s four core Programmes:


It is the cross-cutting nature of these programmes that ensures that the proposed IIHS IOE Schools remain interdisciplinary and do not become silos, and that teaching, and research remain constantly connected to practice. The five initial Schools of the proposed IIHS IOE are:


  • School of Governance
  • School of Economic Development
  • School of Environment and Sustainability
  • School of Human Development
  • School of Systems and Infrastructure



School of Governance
The proposed IIHS IOE School of Governance (SoG) will engage with questions of how, where, when and why settlements are governed. The SoG has systemic orientation, inter-disciplinary reach, and spatial focus which are unique to this country, and will lead nationally on new and cutting-edge work on urban governance. Drawing on and bringing together disciplines such as law, political science and policy, research, teaching, and practice within the SoG will speak to issues around urban governance that are central to both international as well as domestic urban policy.



School of Economic Development
The School of Economic Development (SED) at the proposed IIHS IOE will be focused on the economies and economic transitions of urban settlements and regions, and understanding economic flows and networks across urban and rural places. The urban economy makes up two-thirds of the current global economy and in a few decades, will be more than 75%. Much of this economic growth will come from urban regions in Asia and Africa. The SED will draw upon and bring together work from a range of disciplines including management and finance, economics, area studies, sociology, anthropology, development studies, and gender studies to build theory, develop pedagogy, and inform practice and policy on the urban and regional economy, and economic development.



School of Human Development
The School of Human Development (SHD) at the proposed IIHS IOE will be focused around questions of social transformation, concerned particularly with questions of social and economic inequality, remaining people-centered in its research, practice, and teaching. It will bring together economic, social, political and spatial dimensions of inequality, and draw on multiple disciplines ranging from social work, public health, and education to gender studies, psychology, and sociology.



School of Environment and Sustainability
The School of Environment and Sustainability (SES) at the proposed IIHS IOE will bring together academic, research, and practice-based engagements with questions of sustainability and the environment across a wide range of perspectives and disciplines, ranging from law, history, political science, and philosophy to climate science, hydrology, and forestry. This speaks directly to global and domestic policy imperatives: as India has renewed its commitment to the Paris Accord, as well as National Missions on Solar and Renewable Energy and the National Action Plan on Climate Change.



School of Systems and Infrastructure
The School of Systems and Infrastructure (SoSI) at the proposed IIHS IOE will be identified with the ‘spatial and physical and material terrain’ of urban research and practice including its social, economic and political dimensions. Cities consist of various, overlapping systems, such as mobility, water, sanitation, solid waste management, energy, food and land. These systems are the central concern of the SoSI.