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RE-FRAMING URBAN INCLUSION

One of IIHS’ key research projects funded via a $0.6 million Ford Foundation grant seeks to create a body of up to 40 interdisciplinary cases by mid-2015 for teaching and learning set in India and cities of the global South, of which at least a third will be transnational, comparative cases. The three thematics that frame this project are key to understanding and intervening into debates on inclusion: (a) re-thinking slum upgradation and settlement transformation; (b) new processes of pro-poor planning; and (c) new metrics of inclusion. Together, this body of cases seeks to revitalize urban education and to create a new epistemic foundation for teaching and learning about the Indian city that is rooted in the realities and practices of our own contexts, juxtaposed across the global South with cases from South Africa, Brazil, and Egypt, among others. Key partners include ACC, University of Cape Town and UFABC, Sao Paolo.

Re-Framing Urban Inclusion is anchored internally by Gautam Bhan, Jessica Seddon, Somnath Sen and Deepa Mehta, with members of the Core Team all contributing cases in addition to cases commissioned externally.

BUILDING DEMOCRACY DAILY
The IIHS is a member of an international long-term research partnership on the relationships between violence, ideas of the public and the quality of democracy. IIHS’ particular role in the project focuses on looking at gender, violence and public space as well as the impact of inequality on the quality of democracy. The five-year project is anchored at the University of Sao Paulo and builds a connection across the global South with IIHS, the University of Cape Town, FLASCO (Ecuador), and the Collegio de Mexico.

Team:
Gautam Bhan
Amlanjyoti Goswami

UNESCO Creative Economy

IIHS contributed a chapter for the UNESCO Creative Economy Report 2013 on the creative and cultural economy in South Asia and its role in sustainable development.  The chapter addressed various aspects of the creative economy with a particular focus on India including the challenges of informality, dilemmas for property rights regimes, arguments for or against policy intervention, and the role of culture as a transformative possibility in Indian urbanization.  In addition, IIHS prepared two cases on folk music and livelihoods and the mapping and documentation of cultural initiatives.

Team:
Shriya Anand
Amlanjyoti Goswami
Kaye Lushington

IGC-JNNURM

The project – partially funded by International Growth Centre (IGC)— sought to assess to what extent considerations of environmental sustainability have been (explicitly or implicitly) incorporated within the vision, programme design and implementation of JNNURM.A detailed analytical framework thus looked at twenty city development plans across different sectors including water supply, sanitation and sewerage, storm water drainage, solid waste management and transportation. Primary field work was conducted in the city of Nanded to understand and verify ground realities and implementation status of the projects and reforms.

Team:
Kavita Wankhade
Geetika Anand
Jessica Seddon (Advisor)
Somnath Sen (Advisor)

IIHS – IDFC FOUNDATION PROJECT ON POLICY DETERMINANTS OF URBAN FORM

IIHS carried out a research study focused on urban expansion and the evolution of spatial structure of medium-sized cities in India. The purpose was to better understand the nature of urban spatial evolution, which has important implications for sustainability and equity, and is often overlooked in policy discussions that tend to be focused on the urban economy, growth, and demographics. The study involved three exploratory case studies to understand the impact of infrastructure investments, urban planning, regulation and processes related to land markets, and other historical factors and natural features on spatial structure. The case study cities were selected to have similar population sizes but different spatial structure, and to ensure a regional spread: Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), Solapur (Maharashtra), and Trichy (Tamil Nadu).

Team:
Shriya Anand
Kavita Wankhade
Anushree Deb
Shashikala Gowda
Jessica Seddon (Advisor)

INTEGRATED URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT: INITIATING THE NEXT WAVE

IIHS researchers collaborated with a Bangalore-based non-profit organization, Arghyam, to understand the current discourse on Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM). They examined the capacities required to implement such a system, juxtaposing it with observed gaps in the Indian urban context. The study also discussed the nature of initiatives needed for making IUWM work and attempts to prioritise them in terms of impact. Lastly, it critically examined what Arghyam could do within this context.

Team:
Geetika Anand
Rajiv K. Raman (Arghyam)
Jessica Seddon (Advisor)
Somnath Sen (Advisor)