Amogh Arakali

External Consultant | aarakali at iihs dot ac dot in

2011 MA, Economics, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai
2009 BA, Economics, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai


Countries: India, UK
States: Karnataka
Cities: Bengaluru, London
Languages: English, Kannada, Hindi

As Senior Associate, Academics & Research, Amogh Arakali’s work focuses on the study of institutions, their structures, behaviour, and evolution within urban political economies. In particular, his focus of work is on analysing how institutions evolve, adapt, and influence in the face of urbanisation in India.


At present, he is working on institutions of resource use and management in Indian cities, specifically Bengaluru. Some of his work also deals with ideas and concepts of the urban commons, and he recently co-authored a teaching case on lake conservation movements in Bengaluru with Jayaraj Sundaresan, examining lakes and lake systems as a commons.  Additionally, he is studying institutions of environmental governance as part of IIHS’ research under ASSAR. Specifically, he is examining the current institutional frameworks at national and state levels in India for climate change adaptation, with a specific focus on budgetary spending.


Amogh’s previous research involved assisting on a project that studied links between industrial corridors and urbanisation in India, using the case of the Delhi-Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Amogh has​ also been involved in developing a series of teaching films on cash transfers and urban food security under the RF-IIHS Urban India Policy Support Partnership. Additionally, ​he​ participated in conducting a study of water vulnerabilities in Bengaluru in 2014.


He currently teaches in IIHS’ Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), particularly on topics of  economy, institutions, and governance,as well as issues of the commons. He is also assisting with the co-ordination of the overall UFP – in particular, curriculum development for the commons term, and general logistics of the programme.

Amogh ha​​s been involved with organising several IIHS events in the past. These include the Annual Research Conference at IIHS (2017 and 2018), the Annual PhD workshops (2017 and 2018) the Urban Policy Dialogues (2015), the Programme for Working Professionals in Urban Development (PWP-UD) 2012 and the National Student Challenges in 2011 and 2012. Furthermore, he is a member of IIHS’ Library Committee, assisting in the development of the IIHS Library.

Research Projects at IIHS

2015 – 2017 CARIAA – ASSAR (Governance)
2014 – 2016

Ford Re-Framing Urban Inclusion Project (Topic: Urban Ecological Commons in Bangalore)

2014 – 2015 IGC Urban Corridors Research Project


Practice Projects at IIHS

2014-15 Rockefeller – IIHS Urban India Policy Support Partnership 2012-2014 (Theme: Poverty)

Rockefeller – IIHS Urban India Policy Support Partnership 2012-2014 (Theme: Economic Growth & Urban Planning)

2013-14 Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) Future Proofing Cities



2017 Urban Fellows Programme 2017
2016 Urban Fellows Programme 2016

Book Chapters

  • Arakali, A., & Koduganti, J. (2020). Large infrastructure projects: The emergence of corridors in Asia. In G. Bracken, P. Rabé, R. Parthasarathy, N. Sami, & B. Zhang (Eds.), Future challenges of cities in Asia (pp. 277-297). Amsterdam University Press.
  • Arakali, A. (2019). The trouble with yards. In D. Maddox, C. Walker, & M. Lovejoy (Eds.), A flash of silver-green: Stories of the nature of cities (pp. 103-106). Guleph: Studio Guleph.
  • Koduganti, J., & Arakali, A. (2018, Forthcoming). Industrial Corridors and Urbanisation: Learnings from the DMIC.
  • Bhan, G., Anand, G., Arakali, A., Deb, A., & Harish, S. (2014). Urban housing and exclusion. In India Exclusion Report 2013–14 (pp.77–107). Bangalore: Books for Change.


Other Writing

  • Arakali, A. (2018, September 5). When it cost 20 times more for a return journey in Bengaluru. Citizenmatters. Retrieved from
  • Arakali, A. (2018, August 10). Privacy is a public matter. TheHindu. Retrieved from
  • Arakali, A. (2017). Beyond Cities Part 1: The Larger Region. Medium. Retrieved from
  • Sundaresan, J., & Arakali, A. (2016). How are the commons rediscovered by today’s urbanised communities? IIHS Case No. 1-0019. Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Anand, S., Arakali, A., Jana, A., Koduganti, J. & Sami, N. (2015). Manufacturing cities: industrial policy and urban growth (IIHS-RF Paper on Manufacturing Cities). Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • 2015 RF Case on Industrial Development and Urban Growth:Dholera
  • Arakali, A. (2015). Why Bangalore’s Sarjapur Road is a Tragedy of the Commons: How will neighbourhoods in such places evolve? DailyO. Retrieved from bangalore-sarjapur-road-karnataka-urban-india-high-rises-vertical-growth-metros/story/1/4420.html
  • 2013–14 IGC Completion Report
    Urban Corridors: Strategies for Economic and Urban Development
    Authors: N Sami, S Anand, A Arakali, J Koduganti
  • Arakali, A. (2022). Teaching economics within urban practice: A case study of an elective. Paper presented at the Reforming education in India: Pluralistic perspectives.
  • 2017 Presentation on “Urban Ecological Commons: The Case of Water Bodies in Bengaluru” at the 19th AJEI Workshop (April 3rd to 5th 2017) on “Commons in South Asia”, Panjim, Goa, India.
  • 2016   Presentation on ‘Changing Socioeconomic and Political Institutions around Lakes and Wetlands in Bengaluru’ at the DPU-UKNA Round Table Conference (February 2016) at Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London (UCL), London, UK
  • 2016   Presentation on ‘Changing Socioeconomic and Political Institutions around Lakes and Wetlands in Bengaluru’ at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (March–April 2016) at San Francisco, California, USA
  • 2014   Lecture on Urban Issues at the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media Bangalore (January 2013 and January 2014)