Abhinav M

Senior Associate – Urban Practitioners' Programme | abhinavm at iihs dot ac dot in

2016    BPlan School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Bhopal Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India


Countries: India
Kerala, Karnataka
Kochi, Bengaluru
English, Hindi, Malayalam

Abhinav M is an urban planner, and his prime research areas are urban governance and institutions. At IIHS, he works with the Urban Practitioners’ Programme to develop the capacities of both urban practitioners and institutions in the urban sector and addresses diverse themes such as urban planning, water and sanitation, housing, and transportation.


Over the years, Abhinav has been actively engaged with the government sector in developing capacities of urban officials from over 10 state governments across the country. He has collaborated with key central government bodies including Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, and National Institute for Urban Affairs for the curation of Capacity Development programmes. At the city level, he has worked on developing a capacity building framework as well as institutional arrangements for the implementation of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Multi Modal Integration (MMI) in Bengaluru. Furthermore, he has contributed to studies on policy evaluation as well as public procurement.


His research portfolio ranges from rainwater harvesting, nature-based solutions to institutional design and public private partnerships. He has also provided expert opinions on state capacity and urban planning published in Deccan Herald and Forbes India among others.


  • National Urban Missions, Governance, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Exposure visits to Hyderabad, Governance, Urban Planning and Institutions, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS



  • Integrated Capacity Building Programme (ICBP) – AMRUT,Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Integrated Capacity Building Programme (ICBP) – PMAY,Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Capacity Building Programmes for MoRTH,Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Capacity Building Programme for Town Planning Officials of Maharashtra (YASHADA), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • AMRUT Reforms Evaluation (NIUA), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Public Procurement Systems in Water & Sanitation (CMI-FRG), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Housing Shortage in India, Digital Blended Learning (DBL) course, IIHS

Other Writing

  • Dasgupta, A., & Abhinav, M. (2022, July 20). The road to smart city planning: A historical co-evolution of urban planning and information systems. Observer Research Foundation. https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/the-road-to-smart-city-planning/
  • Abhinav, M., & Marella, S. R.  (2020, October 9). Groundwater recharge needs grassroots solutions: A study of two techniques in Kerala. India Water Portal.
  • Abhinav, M. (2016). Rejuvenation of lost spaces: a case study of Bhopal (Unpublished master’s thesis). School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal.

Ramachandran, I., & Abhinav, M. (2019). Green infrastructure: Smarter solutions for small and medium towns in India. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Urban Planning & Wellbeing (pp. 234-256). Centre for Bhutan.

  • Bengaluru Metro Rail Project: Consultancy Assignment to Support Integrated and Sustainable Urban Development along Mass Rapid Transit Corridors in Bengaluru City
  • Internal Research Grant: Grass-roots Level Approaches to Groundwater Management in Kerala
  • Internal Research Grant: Motivation to Learn for Productivity: A Case of the Urban Local Body Officials in Bengaluru