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IIHS has emerged as a leading convener of policy and research dialogues on Indian urbanisation over the last three years. A select list of national and international conferences that have been curated by IIHS are below.

Comparative Urban and Regional Research
In its second year, the PhD Workshop at IIHS continues its focus on research on and within cities of the global South. Located within the emergence of a set of challenges to normative urban theory, this workshop is committed to aiding the production of new knowledge on and from cities of the global south. To do so, it asks: how is urban and regional research to be structured, designed and carried out– and for whom?

2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction
There is an apparent disconnect between stated progress in international, national and local efforts in disaster risk reduction on the one hand and continuously rising disaster risk and loss on the other. While loss trends from disasters associated with physical hazards such as floods, earthquakes, droughts and cyclones have been clearly significantly and continuously on the rise – at least in economic terms – even more worryingly, the risk of loss of life and of assets in the future is growing far more rapidly. In recognising this disconnect we recognise a challenge for disaster risk management and reduction: if the inputs and even outputs are, as we claim, increasing in quantity and quality, why is the outcome and impact of our efforts not perceivable in terms of a reduction in overall risk and disaster losses?

The Future of Liberal Arts and Science In India

Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in India is taking root in a number of new institutions and initiatives, making this an opportune time to showcase some of these new ventures, and explore how Indian liberal arts can develop in its own way, building its own academic traditions that create lasting and meaningful impact for society.  Advances in online education, pedagogy, and curriculum are converging, and we hope to create a stimulating workshop where leaders in advancing Indian Higher education can discuss the future landscape of education in India.

IIHS-UC Berkeley Conference on the “21st Century Indian City” (2013) – Towns, Metros and Indian Economy

The “urban” economy plays an increasingly vital role in India’s economic development. The joint two day conference hosted by IIHS and the University of California, Berkeley on 26th and 27th March, 2013, brought together leading scholars from India and globally to discuss the many critical questions relating to the effective and equitable functioning of the economy of Indian towns, cities and metros. Discussions focused on real estate markets, agglomeration economies, new modes of urbanization and structural problems of urban governance as well as ways to help promote sound policies for a developed urban infrastructure, growth in job creation, increased access to affordable housing, developing transparent mechanisms of governance, generating new sources of urban finance, and constructing viable social welfare systems for the urban poor.

Comparative Urban and Regional Research: A Doctoral workshop (2013)

Comparative Urban and Regional Research was a four-day doctoral workshop hosted at the Bangalore City Campus of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) from July 9th-13th, 2013. The workshop sought to: (a) bring together a community of established and emerging urban scholars; (b) create a space for intellectual exchange and feedback for advanced doctoral students or recent PhDs; and (c) reflect on the nature and process of research and analysis, focusing on methodological choices and innovations as well as the journey from writing to publication. The workshop brought together 21 PhD students from eight universities across India and five internationally, working a range of urban issues across disciplines and practice-domains.

Workshop on ‘Stemming car dependency and improving transport options in Indian cities’ (2013)

Developing sustainable 21st century transport systems involves the provision of inclusive multi-modal alternatives – principally mass transit, walking and cycling facilities – and the containment of cars and other private motor vehicles.

IIHS together with Curtin University, Australia conducted a workshop that explored the understanding and development of skills around transit oriented design through the deliberative democracy process. One of its primary aims of the workshop was to strengthen the relationships between Australian and Indian transport professionals.

The Negotiation City Workshop (2012)

IIHS in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Delhi conducted a workshop on “The Negotiation City,” at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus on 28 and 29 September, 2012. The Negotiation City attempted to understand the relationship between the stakeholders in a city, emphasizing the connection between the residents and the various levels of government. In particular, the workshop highlighted how residents regard different forms of the state and how these state actors view the residents in the context of the availability or lack of various services. We also explored how various stakeholders negotiate access to these services from the state, from private providers, and through self-provision in the shadow of legal responsibilities assigned to various arms of the state.

India Urban Conference (2011):

The IIHS in partnership with Yale and JCCD and with the support of the Ministries of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation of the GoI, IDFC and HUDCO organised India’s largest urban conference of 2011 bringing over 600 delegates together at the Infosys campus in Mysore.

The back-to-back Delhi Policy conference initiated a discussion on how to measure, monitor and support urban development in India at Vigyan Bhawan. The programme brought national, state and city-level policymakers and other stakeholders who have intimate knowledge of the evidence gaps and institutional challenges in urban development together. It was addressed by the Union Ministers for Urban Development, Rural Development and Housing and Poverty Alleviation and the Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission. The IIHS research publication Urban India 2011 was released at this Conference.

Inclusive Cities in India Workshop (2011)

The workshop was jointly organised by SEWA, IIHS, World Bank and DFID. The main objectives were to understand what exclusion means in an urban context; begin to develop a “vision” of inclusive Indian cities; examine the “inclusion and exclusion” impacts of existing urban development policies and programmes; and understand potential policy directions to inform urban inclusion in government policies and programs in the XII Plan.