Namrata Kapoor

Senior Consultant - Academics & Research | kapoorn at iihs dot ac dot in

2011    MArch, Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
2011    MPlan, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
2006    BArch, Architecture, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai University



Countries: India, United States
States: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha
Cities: Mumbai, Hubli Dharwad, Bhubaneswar
Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati

Namrata has previously worked as a consultant for various governments, think tanks, NGOs and planning organisations. As a planner she has worked on the Mumbai Development Plan 2034 for the Mumbai Municipality, World Bank funded City Plan for the Hubli Dharwad, and a Transit-Oriented Development Plan for Bhubaneswar Development Authority.


Namrata has worked with the Monitor Inclusive Markets group to study the barriers to affordable housing development in nine Indian cities. Her recent study with the Doctors For You Foundation has proved an association between the poor conditions of natural light and ventilation in Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) buildings and the spread of tuberculosis among its residents.


Namrata is an avid listener of narrative radio and hopes to convert her research work into audio stories someday.


At IIHS, Namrata is involved in teaching. She studies the plural conceptions, policies and everyday practices of affordable and rental housing. Her current research looks at the effect of land price movements on the production and consumption of housing in Indian cities and its relationship to city planning practices and urban impoverishment.


Concentration Elective CoursesAffordable Housing Policy and Practice



Teaching in all housing courses conducted for UPP – Housing for All, Government of Karnataka courses as part of our knowledge partnership


Previous Teaching Experience:

2012 – 2018Architecture Design, Housing Theory, and Podcasting Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai
2009 – 2011Cities Theory, and Global Poverty with Prof. Ananya Roy University of California, Berkeley
2007 –  2008Architecture Design and Design Theory, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai

Journal Articles

  • Pardeshi, P., Jadhav, B., Singh, R., Kapoor, N., Bardhan, R., Jana, A., David, S., & Roy, N. (2020). Association between architectural parameters and burden of tuberculosis in three resettlement colonies of M-East Ward, Mumbai, India. Cities & Health, 4(3), 303-320.


Books/ Book Chapters

  • Surie, A., Goswami, A., Arakali, A., Revi, A., Ravindranath, D., Bhan, G., Anand, G., Balakrishnan, K., Kapoor, N., Sami, N., Vasanth, P., Anand, S., Smitha, M. B., Viswanath, S., Baberwal, S., Mitra, S., Batikar, T., & John, V. (2023). Towards a new urban practice: The urban fellows programme 2016-2022. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.


Public Intellectual Writing:

  • Favela Issues – Blog on urban informality and development


Other Writing

  • Bazaz, A., Arakali, A., Revi, A., Bhan, G., Gulabani, H., Balakrishnan, K., Kapoor, N., Sami, N., Bhor, N., Pattela, O. N., Beleyur, P. R., Anand, S., Mitra, S., Bhatikar, T., John, V., Duque, J. C., Keith, M., Parnell, S., Tucker, A., & Govil, S. (2023). Maximising the benefits of India’s urban transformation: Local evidence synthesis report. PEAK Urban.
  • Sohane, N., Lall, R., Chandran, A., Lala, R., Kapoor, N., & Gajjar, H. (2021). Home as workplace: A spatial reading of work-homes. Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing.