Gajjar Harshal Deepak

External Consultant | hgajjar at iihs dot ac dot in


2017    MA, Public Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore

2015    BPlan, Urban Planning and Public Policy, CEPT, Ahmedabad




Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Gujarat, Goa, Delhi
Cities: Panjim, Vasco, Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad
Languages: Hindi, English, Gujarati

Harshal made a shift from Urban Planning to Urban Policy to be involved in a more people centric dialogue than mere place centric. His Master’s dissertation focussed on sub-urban lakes as a common pool resource and the impact of various jurisdictional boundaries on the institutional and ecological memory of the lakes.


Harshal’s work experience includes a regulatory project sponsored by NITI Aayog at PS Collective that focussed on studying the viability and feasibility of renewable energy in India.


More recently, he has joined ‘Main Bhi Dilli: Aab Sheher Saath Banayenge’ Campaign as a coordinator and helps mobilise activists, researchers, state actors and institutions. He also helps create communication and advocacy strategies to impact the Master Plan of Delhi 2041. Harshal is working on a paper that focusses on the next housing mission that aims to change from rehabilitation to upgradation.


He is a film enthusiast and student of script and story writing. He likes playing various percussion instruments.


At IIHS, Harshal supports the Tacit Urban Research Network (TURN) project in Govindpuri that aims at exploring and evolving newer primary methods of research to work on mapping, life histories and urban archiving.

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