Nihal Ranjit

External Consultant | nranjit at iihs dot ac dot in


2018   MA, Public Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad

2016   BA, Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad


Countries: India
States: Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka
Cities: Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru
Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam

Nihal’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of urban disaster risk reduction, housing, politics of urban poverty and urban identities.


Nihal has worked as a Research Consultant with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).


At IIHS, Nihal is part of a multi-year research project, ‘Recovery with Dignity’, that aims to understand experiences of recovery in post-disaster situations across three states in India. The project, funded by the British Academy is jointly implemented by IIHS and University of East Anglia (UEA), U.K.


Nihal had been a part of the GWU-IFDR project on ‘Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy.’


He is also a member of the faculty for Urban Practitioners’ Programme and Urban Fellowship Programme.

Understanding Risk and Allied Concepts


Disaster Resilience in Affordable Housing

Journal Article

  • Nalla, V., Ranjit, N., & Jain, G. (2021). Representations of disaster recovery needs: A study of legal frameworks and litigation in Odisha. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 57, 102163.


Other Writing 

  • Few, R., Singh, C., Chhotray, V., Ranjit, N., Jain, G., Tebboth, M., Marsh, H., & Madhavan, M. (2021). Why representation matters in disaster recovery. The British Academy.
  • Ranjit, N., & Nalla, V. (2020, May 13). How India’s experience in managing disasters can inform our COVID-19 response. Deccan Herald.
  • Nalla, V., & Ranjit, N., (2020, February 5). Beyond preparedness. The Hindu.
  •  Arvind, J., & Ranjit, N. (8 January 2020). A tale of two states: Why disaster recovery in India needs to go beyond housing.
  • Jain, G., Nalla, V., Malladi, T., Chattareji, N., & Ranjit, N. (2019). A road to long-term recovery for Odisha. Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.