Nihal Ranjit

Senior Associate – Practice | nranjit at iihs dot ac dot in


2018    MA, Public Policy and Governance (Urbanisation) Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

             Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2016    BA, Social Science Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Hyderabad, Telangana, India


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 Ranjit has over five years of experience as a researcher at the interface of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Nihal’s research expertise spans understanding experiences of long-term disaster recovery, assessing differential vulnerability to climate change, and barriers and enablers to climate change adaptation and migration, with a focus on the coastal states of India. More recently, he has been the state of heat adaptation in India and frameworks to assess the adequacy of interventions to meet the growing heat risk in urban India.


At IIHS, Nihal has been part of several research and practice projects including, the FCDO-funded research project on climate change and migration; the British Council funded project on ‘Reimagining Urban Resilience and Urban Infrastructure Resilience in Higher Education;’ GCRF funded ‘Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures’ project; the British Academy funded ‘Recovery with Dignity’ project; George Washington University and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded ‘Disaster Resilience Leadership’ project; International Development Centre (IDRC) funded ‘Climate Resilient Pathways in Semi-Arid Regions’ project; and the World Bank funded, ‘Review of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project.’


Apart from research, Nihal has been involved in several teaching and training engagements. As part of the project on higher education and urban infrastructure resilience, he contributed to developing a curriculum on urban infrastructure resilience to be taught in higher education institutions in India and the UK. Nihal also contributed to the evaluation of the Fellowship Programme run by the Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). As part of the Urban Practitioner’s Programme at IIHS, he has trained government officials on topics such as disaster resilience and affordable housing. Nihal teaches courses on climate change and cities and has taught the Practica, a place-based learning module, as part of the Urban Fellows Programme at IIHS.


  • Urban Risk and Resilience, Disaster risk reduction, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Changing Climate, Changing Cities, Climate change, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Housing Policy and Practice: Rental Housing, Housing, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Practica, Methods, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS



  • India Disaster Resilience Leadership Fellowship, Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Capacity Development Forum (CDF), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Climate Resilient Development in North Karnataka: Digital Learning, Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS

Journal Article

  • Harish, S., Nalla, V., Ranjit, N., & Satish, N. (2023). Landlordism, social relations and built-form in informal private rental housing markets in India. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.
  • Few, R., Ranjit, N., Nalla, V., Jain, G., Tebboth, M. G. L., Singh, C., Chhotray, V., & Marsh, H. (2023). ‘We are not in the same boat’: Representations of disaster and recovery in India. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 92, Article 103709.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Books/Book Chapters

  • Arvind, J., Ranjit, N., & Madhavan, M. (2022). Post-disaster recovery trajectories in Nagapattinam and Kuttanad regions of India: how representations of communities shape their recovery outcomes. In R. Shaw (Ed.), Handbook on climate change and disasters (pp.280-292). Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • 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.
  • Nalla, V., Ranjit, N., Udupa, Y., Madhavan, M., Arvind, J., Jain, G., & Malladi, T. (2022). In V. Nalla & N. Ranjit (Eds.), Afterwards: Graphic narratives of disaster risk and recovery from India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.


Other Writing 

  • Pillai, A. V., C. Singh., Patil, S., Dalal, T., Ranjit, N., & Poonacha, P. (2023). How is India adapting to heatwaves?: An assessment of heat action plans with insights for transformative climate action (IIHS-CPR Policy Brief). Indian Institute for Human Settlements; Centre for Policy Research.
  • Batra, P., Bazaz, A., Shanmugam, A., Ranjit, N., Kaur, H., & Das, R. (2022). शिक्षा, आजीविका और स्वास्थ्य पर कोविड-19 का असर. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Batra, B., Bazaz, A., Shanmugam, A., Ranjit, N., Kaur, H., Das, R. (2021). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education, livelihoods, and health in India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Few, R., Madhavan, M., Narayanan, N. C., Singh, K., Marsh, H., Ranjit, N., & Singh, C. (2021). Voices after disaster. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • 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.
  • Climate Change Local Adaptation Pathways (CLAPs)
  • Intersections of Just Energy Transition and Climate-Induced Migration in India
  • Role of Flood Preparedness Assessment Scorecard in Improving Flood Preparedness and Response: A Review of Effectiveness
  • British Council Going Global Partnerships Grant
  • Climate Resilient Development Pathways for Semi-arid Regions of Africa and South Asia
  • Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CDRRP)
  • Disaster Resilience Leadership (Phase I & II)
  • Recovery with Dignity (RwD)
  • Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures (TESF)
  • Tacit Urban Knowledge Network (TURN)
  • External Review of CDRI Fellowship
  • Scoping Study of Human Migration and Displacement within India