Amruth Kiran

Senior Associate – Geospatial Lab | akiran at iihs dot ac dot in


2018     MTech, Remote Sensing & Geographical Information Systems Indian Institute of Remote Sensing,

              Andhra University Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

2016     BE, Computer Science & Engineering Sri Jagadguru Chandrashekaranatha Swamiji Institute of

              Technology, Visvesvaraya Technological University Chikkaballapur, Karnataka, India

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

Amruth Kiran is part of the IIHS Geospatial Lab, contributing to several research and practice projects focused on the environment and urbanisation in India from a spatial perspective. His role involves building new methods and tools tailored to accommodate the growing volume of geospatial data sets in the Lab, developing a deep understanding of technical information, ways to analyse this information using modern geospatial techniques and effectively communicating digital outputs to different audiences. His interests lie in spatial data infrastructures (SDI), FAIR Guiding Principles for spatial data management, spatial computing on the cloud, and developing data pipelines and methods for modern GIS systems.


At IIHS, Amruth is leading the development of an institutional SDI that caters not only to the Lab’s growth but also to support other teams’ spatial data and analytical requirements. He is also part of the faculty at the IIHS Urban Fellows Programme (UFP) and the IIHS Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP) where he teaches introductory and advanced courses on spatial thinking, GIS and remote sensing, open source tools and survey design.


Amruth holds a master’s degree in GIS and remote sensing from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun and has previously worked at the Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology, Bengaluru to develop solutions and applications at the intersection of GIS and healthcare.


  • Mapping and GIS (Geographical Information System) – GSL, Geography, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Advanced GIS – GSL, Geography, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods: Survey Design, Information science, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS



  • Open Street Map (OSM) Workshop , Let’s Talk Spatial , Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Research Methods Suite, Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Spatial Data Portal, Guwahati (FNF), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS

Journal Articles

  • Kiran, A., Gupta, P. K., Saran, S., & Jha, A. K. (2021, Forthcoming). Species distribution modelling using space based analysis ready data – a case of Uttarakhand, India. Journal of the Indian Society of remote Sensing.
  • Kiran, A., Srinivas, A., & Srihari M. R. (2016). Exploring the use of geographic information systems for rural development under primary healthcare. IJREAT International Journal of Research in Engineering & Advanced Technology, 4(2), 61-63.


Other Writing

  • Kiran, A., Mahalingam, A., Singh, C., Mayavel, D., Koduganti, M., Roy, P., Poonacha, P., Patil, S., Sharma, S., & Malladi, T. (2023). An action agenda for urban agriculture in India (Policy Brief).  Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Bhan, G., Ravindranath, D., Rai Chouwdhury, A., Mehra, R., Sinha, D., Kiran, A., & Malladi, T. (2022). Reproducing a household: Recognising and assessing paid and unpaid domestic work in urban India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Bhan, G., Ravindranath, D., Rai Chouwdhury, A., Mehra, R., Sinha, D., Kiran, A., & Malladi, T. (2022). Deficits in decent work: Employer perspectives and practices on the quality of employment in domestic work in Urban India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Bhan, G., Ravindranath, D., Rai Chouwdhury, A., Mehra, R., Sinha, D., Kiran, A., & Malladi, T. (2022). Employer practices and perceptions on paid domestic work: Recruitment, employment relationships, and social protection. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Kiran, A., & Malladi, T. (2023, April 23-28). Building a geospatial lab – the People, the tools, and the process [Paper presentation]. EGU General Assembly 2023.
  • Kiran, A., Gupta, P. K., Jha, A. K., & Saran, S. (2018). Online geoprocessing using multi-dimensional gridded data. In A. S. Kumar, S. Saran, & H. Padalia (Eds.), ISPRS TC V Mid-term Symposium Geospatial Technology – Pixel to People (pp. 29-36). Dehradun, India: Indian Institute of Remote Sensing.
  • 2016 Smart Bus Tracking System for College Buses at GITAM University, Bengaluru
  • 2016 Green Computing and it’s Challenges at SJCIT, Bengaluru
  • (Re)thinking the Off Grid City
  • Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS)
  • COVID-19 Social Science Research Evidence Platform: COVID Collective
  • India Data Cube
  • India Flood Monitoring and Impact Assessment Portal (IFMIAP)
  • Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP)
  • Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures (TESF)
  • Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure (UP-AGrI)
  • Study on Examining Paid and Unpaid Domestic Work in Urban Homes