Dhanik Narayan

Assistant - Practice | dnarayan at iihs dot ac dot in


2017    MPlan, Regional Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

2015    BTech, Civil Engineering, NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad



Countries: India
States: Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
Cities: Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai
Languages: English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil

Dhanik Narayan is a Civil Engineer turned Spatial Planner who has a keen interest in urbanisation and the opportunities it provides for development. He has received his Master’s Degree from SPA Delhi, with a specialisation in Regional Planning. In his Master’s thesis entitled ’Defining Urbanisation and Urbanity in Regions with an Atypical Settlement Pattern: A Case Study of Kerala’, he conducted an extensive study by mapping and analysing all the settlements in the state for over 300 parameters. His study presented the uniqueness of the ‘Kerala Model of Urbanisation’ through innovative methods including the use of Satellite Night Lights. While working as an intern for SPA Delhi, he prepared a RURBAN cluster action Plan for the Puthuppally-Manarkad Cluster in Kerala, which was approved by the GoI.


Dhanik also worked at the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) as a Research Associate, where his primary responsibility was to prepare City Sanitation Plans for different Municipalities in the state. He has been involved in conducting training sessions for the Municipal Engineers and other staff as part of the residential training programme ’Technological Options for Waste Management’, organised by KILA.


At IIHS, Dhanik supports the TNUSSP team by providing technical assistance to Urban Local Bodies and private players.

Previous Teaching Experience:

Jun 18 – Dec 18 Conducted Training Sessions as part of the Training Program-“Technological Options for Waste Management”, for Municipal Engineers, Health Inspectors and Elected Representatives while working at Kerala Institute for Local Administration.

Journal Article:

  • Devaraj, R., Raman, R. K., Wankhade, K., Narayan, D., Ramasamy, N., & Malladi, T. (2021). Planning fecal sludge management systems: Challenges observed in a small town in southern India. Journal of Environmental Management, 281, 111811.


Book Chapters:

George, S., & Dhanik, N. (2019, Forthcoming). Technological options for waste management. (in Malayalam).


Other Writing:

Public Intellectual Writing:

2018, Contributed to the guide- “Facing Disasters” by KILA (in Malayalam).