Sandeep Viswanath

Senior Consultant – Media Lab | sviswanath at iihs dot ac dot in

Ongoing    PhD, Cultural Studies Christ (Deemed to be University) Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2014    MA, Media and Cultural Studies Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2007    BE, Electronics and Communication Engineering BMS College of Engineering, Visvesvaraya

             Technological University Bengaluru, Karnataka, India


Countries: India
States: Karnataka
Cities: Bengaluru
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam


Sandeep Viswanath has worked on films on issues of child labour, landless labourers, subaltern labour in Bollywood, water management in cities and Mumbai mill era. He has produced documentaries in Bhil and Pawri languages using participatory media approach. His research interests in labour rights, food, culture and film production. He is passionate about teaching. He is an alumni of TISS, Mumbai. He is currently pursuing a practice-based PhD in Bangalore.


  • Art, Wadiyar Centre for Architecture,Mysuru, Karnataka, India
  • Media and Film – Media Lab, Media and mass communication, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Advanced Media Skills – Media Lab, Media and mass communication, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS

Books/ Book Chapters

Surie, A., Goswami, A., Arakali, A., Revi, A., Ravindranath, D., Bhan, G., Anand, G., Balakrishnan, K., Kapoor, N., Sami, N., Vasanth, P., Anand, S., Smitha, M. B., Viswanath, S., Baberwal, S., Mitra, S., Batikar, T., & John, V. (2023). Towards a new urban practice: The urban fellows programme 2016-2022. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.


Other Writing

Sen, G., Jain, G., Sandeep V. & Shreya K.A. (2019). Building a resilient organization to building a disaster resilient State – Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA). IIHS Case No 1-0037. Bangalore. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

John, V., Viswanath, S., Vikrant, M. S., & Lokesh, B. S. (2021). Navigating exclusions within infrastructures of leisure: Visual expressions and examinations of single screen theatre spaces and the lives of their labour force. In S. Oosterlynck, E. Van Wymeersch, F.  Laoukili, M. Van Dam, & K. Boven (Eds.), RC21 Conference Sensing the City : Place, People, Power (p. 36). University of Antwerp, Belgium.

  • Disaster Resilience Leadership (Phase I & II)
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Shaping Urban Futures: Working Across Theory and Practice
  • Shaping Urban Futures: Working Across Theory and Practice
  • Solar Decathlon India
  • Summary for Urban Policymakers (SUP)
  • Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure (UP-AGrI)
  • Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures (TESF)


Gurleen Grewal in Conversation with Sandeep Viswanath
Rain Makers