Rasha Hasan Lala

Manager – Research Office | rlala at iihs dot ac dot in


2016    MA, Development Studies Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2013    BSc, Economics Symbiosis International University Pune, Maharashtra, India



Countries: India
States: Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka
Cities: Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bengaluru
Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu

Rasha Lala supports the administration of the Research Programme at IIHS, and works closely with the School of Human Development on questions of affordable housing. As Faculty in the IIHS Urban Fellows Programme, she is involved in across components, such as the Practica, Projects, and Electives, in various capacities. Rasha is trained in economics from Symbiosis International University and in development studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Prior to IIHS, Rasha worked in the affordable housing sector, engaging with state governments and the private sector. At IIHS, her research and practice focuses on affordable housing and its intersections with social and human development.


  • Affordable Housing: Policy and Practice, Housing, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Practica, Other, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Exposure visits, Other, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS

Other Writing

  • Sohane, N., Lall, R., Chandran, A., Lala, R., Kapoor, N., & Gajjar, H. (2021). Home as workplace: A spatial reading of work-homes. Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing. https://doi.org/10.24943/HWSRWH10.2021
  • Harish, S., & Lala, R. (2020, May 06). Rent control amidst pandemic. The Hindu.
  • 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.
  • Sohane, N., & Lala R. (2023, 25 June – 1 July). Navigating the work-home boundary: Socio-spatial reading of home as workspace. Paper presented at the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology. Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre; International Sociological Association. https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress/melbourne-2023
  • Spatial Reading of Work–Homes
  • PEAK Urban
  • Analysing and Providing Suggestions and Recommendations for Drafting the Model National Rental Housing Policy
  • Cities as Engines of Growth