Nihal Ranjit

Senior Associate - Practice | 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

  • 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.