Gargi Sen

Senior Associate - Practice | gsen at iihs dot ac dot in


2012    MPlan, City Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

2010    BArch, Architecture, Mumbai University, Mumbai




Countries: India, South Africa
States: West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Odisha
Cities: Kolkata, Raipur, Korba, Bhilai, Bilaspur, Bhubaneswar, Rourkela
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali

Gargi is an ArchitectUrban-Planner with over five years of experience in urban development and government reforms sectors for research, project management and business development.


She has worked in projects related to urban governance, urban physical infrastructure, urban poor and housing, and impact assessment. Her work involved preparing policy documents pertaining to city and state level development programs, such as Smart Cities Mission, Rajiv Awas Yojana, Housing for All, and City Sanitation Plans. Gargi also has extensive experience in working on large engagements funded by donor agencies, preparation of technical bids, and developing teams based on specific requirements. She has worked closely with the Housing and Urban Development Department of the Government of Odisha, assisting them in formulating legislations and implementing infrastructure projects. She has also assisted in the One Planet City Challenge.


At IIHS, she is supporting the Urban Risk & Resilience team and instrumental in setting up the Risk lab.

Practice Projects at IIHS

2018SDC_Capacities_Migration and Cities
2018Disaster Resilience Leadership program
2018Sustainable Cities MOOC

Journal Article

  • Nalla, V., Johnson, C., Ranjit, N., Sen, G., Peddibhotla, A., Anand, M. C., Bhatia, N., & Bazaz, A. B. (2022). Considering curriculum, content, and delivery for adaptive pathways: Higher education and disaster resilient infrastructure in the Indian urban context. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 8(1), 143–156.


Books / Book chapters

  • Sen, G., Nalla V., & Ranjit, N., (2022), Rebuilding livelihoods to reduce disaster vulnerabilities. In F. Nunan, B. Clare, & K. Sukanya (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Livelihoods in the Global South (pp. 460-469). Routledge.
  • Revi, A., Sen, G., Suresh, Y., Kuruvilla, R., & Bazaz, A. (2019). Localising SDGs for India 2019: Tracking the changing urban context. Bengaluru: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.


Other Writing

  • Sen, G., & Nalla, V. (2020, June 04). What lessons can India’s west coast learn from the cyclone-weathered east?. Science The wire
  • Sen, G., Jain, G., Sandeep V. & Shreya K.A. (2019). Building a resilient organization to building a disaster resilient State – Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA). IIHS Case No 1-0037. Bangalore. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Joseph, J., Jain, G., Awasthi, S., Gangte, T., Sriram, A., Sen, G … Vadehra, N. (2018). Leadership for disaster resilience: Learning from the current practices in India. Bengaluru: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Sen, G.  (2012). Planning strategies for peri-urban areas around Kolkata municipal corporation (Unpublished master’s thesis). Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India.