Prajna Ravindra Beleyur

Associate – Academics & Research | pbeleyur at iihs dot ac dot in


2018    MSc, Urban Policy and Governance Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2016    BSc, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology Christ (Deemed to be University) Bengaluru, Karnataka, India




Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Maharashtra
Cities: Bengaluru, Mumbai
Languages: English, Kannada, Hindi

Prajna Ravindra Beleyur has a Master’s degree in Urban Policy and Governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her research interests are in the intersection of water, industrial and urban policy. She worked on the PEAK Urban project, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, under the infrastructure and economy themes, studying Bengaluru’s industrial infrastructure. Using archival research, she studied the city’s colonial urban water governance using the case study of textile mills and their interaction with the city’s water tanks. Part of this work on colonial Mysuru state industrial history was presented at a conference organised by the Urban History Group. Her PEAK research also included studying emerging mega infrastructure projects in the Bengaluru region and the governance mechanisms around them. Research from this project has contributed to her teaching as co-faculty in the ‘Governing Mega Infrastructure Projects’ elective for the IIHS Urban Fellows Programme (UFP). Prajna has also worked on projects for the Chief Minister’s Rajasthan Economic Transformation Advisory Council and the NITI Aayog, focusing on enabling better urban governance transitions and environmental governance strategies. She currently works on the Global Commission for the Economics of Water (GCEW) project, studying global urban water governance strategies. Her other research interests include understanding urban cultural industries, particularly the single screen theatres of Bengaluru and studying how these spaces have evolved and adapted over the last century. Work from this has been presented at international conferences such as RC21 conference.


  • Governing Mega-Infrastructure Projects, Governance, Natural resource governance, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS

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.
  • Grafton, Q., Gupta, J., Revi, A., Mazzucato, M., Okonjo-Iewala, N., Rockström, J., Shanmugaratnam, T., Aki-Sawyerr, Y., Bárcena Ibarra, A., Cantrell, L., Espinosa, M. F., Ghosh, A., Ishii, N., Jintiach, J. C., Qui, B., Ramphele, M., Urrego, M. R., Serageldin, I., Damania, R., … Réalé, I. (2023). The what, why and how of the world water crisis: Global Commission on the Economics of Water phase 1 review and findings.
  • Beleyur, P. R., & Ajaykumar, S.  (2022, December 26). Introducing geospatial technology in industrial water management. Observer Research Foundation.
  • PEAK Urban: Manufacturing Cities: The Planning, Building, and Governing of Industrial Infrastructure in the Bangalore Metropolitan Region
  • Global Commision on the Economics of Water (GCEW)
  • Chief Minister of Rajasthan’s Economic Transformation Advisory Council (CMRETAC): Urban Transitions
  • Cities as Engines of Growth
  • Hungry Cities Partnership