Research themes

CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH

Climate change is one of the defining existential and development challenges of our time. India in general, and Indian cities and settlements in particular are amongst the most vulnerable to climate impacts with hundreds of millions of people at risk.

IIHS is building cutting-edge scientific, policy and implementation capacity to address climate challenges in India, South Asia and across the globe, building on seminal research and policy engagement by its faculty.
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Researchers:
Andaleeb Rahman
Amir Bashir Bazaz
Aromar Revi
Chandni Singh
Garima Jain
Neha Sami
Prathijna Poonacha Kodira
Ritwika Basu
Shriya Anand
Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar
Teja Malladi

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Research interests in these theme focus on a variety of issues from economic geography to the role of land in economic development. Current work includes exploring the relationship between economic investments and the spatial growth of urban settlements, evaluation of national and state employment and livelihoods programmes, multiple meanings of land, land as an instrument of economic development, and looking at emerging urban forms such as urban industrial and freight corridors, special economic zones, and new towns.

Researchers:
Amlanjyoti Goswami
Amogh Arakali
Arindam Jana
Jyothi Koduganti
Kavita Wankhade
Kaye Lushington
Neha Sami
Shriya Anand

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Current IIHS research on the environment focuses on a range of issues from climate change to basic environmental services. Ongoing work examines climate change and disaster risk reduction, particularly in the urban context. Researchers are also exploring notions of common property and shared natural resources, environmental governance, issues of water supply and management, and the provision of water and sanitation services to urban populations, especially the urban poor. Earlier projects have also included the evaluations of national and state programmes and policies from a sustainability perspective.

Researchers:
Amogh Arakali
Aromar Revi
Garima Jain
Kavita Wankhade
Neha Sami
Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar

GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC POLICY

Research on governance and public policy at IIHS spans a wide range.  There are several researchers interested in different aspects of the governance of land: its acquisition, development, regulations, records, and transfer. There is also ongoing work that examines urban governance across different scales, with a particular focus on institutions. Another area of interest is environmental governance. Researchers are also exploring interlinkages between governance systems at different scales in the Indian context, but also globally.

Researchers:
Amlanjyoti Goswami
Amogh Arakali
Arindam Jana
Aromar Revi
Geetika Anand
Gautam Bhan
Kavita Wankhade
Neha Sami
Shriya Anand
Somnath Sen

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Research at IIHS engages with several cross-cutting themes that explore various aspects of human development. Current work examines new frameworks of conceptualising urban inclusion, urban poverty, education, affordable housing, employment and livelihoods, social security and welfare programmes, as well as urban violence. There are also significant overlaps with our ongoing environmental research, most notably an attempt to link climate change and disaster risk reduction explicitly with human development and the impact of these on vulnerable urban populations.

Researchers:
Amlanjyoti Goswami
Anushree Deb
Aromar Revi
Garima Jain
Gautam Bhan
Shriya Anand

URBAN SYSTEMS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Ongoing research on urban systems and infrastructure examines water supply and management, sanitation, and housing. There are also overlaps in particular with ongoing IIHS research on governance and public policy as well as current work on environmental issues such as climate change. Other research examines issues of mobility, and urban metabolism.

Researchers:
Aromar Revi
Garima Jain
Geetika Anand
Kavita Wankhade
Somnath Sen