Priya Singh

External Consultant | priyas at iihs dot ac dot in

2019    PGD, Liberal Studies, Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University, Sonepat
2018    MSc, Development and Planning, Presidency University, Kolkata
2016    BSc, Loreto College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata



Countries: India
States: West Bengal, Delhi-NCR, Uttarakhand, Orissa, Karnataka
Cities: Kolkata, Sonepat, Chamoli, Puri, Bangalore
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali

Priya is interested in exploring the interactions between people and urban spaces. She has a keen interest in inclusive urban design and planning, and her post-graduate dissertation examined the pseudo-urbanisation in eastern Kolkata. She has conducted extensive fieldwork for projects on inclusivity, sustainability, and development during her academic years.


At IIHS, she has contributed to the GCRF- Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) Project, especially the learner trajectory research stream, by providing desk research, fieldwork logistics, data collection, analysis, and dissemination support. She is currently working on a Spencer Grant-funded study that investigates the challenges faced and negotiations undertaken by marginalised students in accessing higher education spaces. Priya has also written about ethical practices in qualitative research. She is interested in city representation in films and the planning and design implications of them, currently working on a study towards understanding the mobility cultures presented in films.


She has presented her work on these topics at various national and international conferences like CIES, DSA, IAFOR, and CESI among others. She is a faculty member for the IIHS Urban Fellows Programme and a part of the IIHS Research Management and Communications team where she assists with general management of the Research Programme.

Other Writing

  • S​ingh, P. (2022, November 12). Looking at ​c​ities ​t​hrough the Studio Ghibli ​lens​. LiveWire. in. ​
  • Singh, P. (2021, September 16). The evolution of cities in Hindi cinema.
  • Singh, P. (2021, March 23). My experiences of engaging with the narratives of planning degree alumni from different countries. Know Blog.
  • Lala, R., John, V., & Singh, P. (2023, June 28-30). A case study of ethical research conduct in the Global South: Traversing the distance between Research and Practice. Paper presented at the DSA conference on Crisis in the Anthropocene: Rethinking connection and agency for development. University of Reading.
  • Singh, P., & John, V. (2023, June 28-30). Complexity, conflict and conundrum of research ethics in knowledge co-production across Global North and Global South – when values and practices travel. Paper presented at the DSA conference on Crisis in the Anthropocene: Rethinking connection and agency for development. University of Reading.
  • John, V., & Singh, P. (2022, February). Alumni experiences in Planning Education and Beyond: Making sense of the ideals of Equality/Equity. Paper presented at the Future of urban equality: Knowledge, partnerships and pathways in action. Knowledge in action for Urban Equity.