Rashee Mehra

Consultant - Academics & Research | rmehra at iihs dot ac dot in


2017   MSc, Urbanisation and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

2008   BA (Hons), English Literature, Gargi College, University of Delhi, New Delhi



Countries: India
States: New Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
Cities: New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai
Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi,Tamil, Marwari

Rashee Mehra is part of the School of Human Development at IIHS. Her research focuses on the issues of inequalities and activism, urban planning, informal work, social protection and gender. At IIHS she works on creating research on social movements to support the work activists and practitioners who engage with marginalised urban geographies. She anchors a city level campaign on making the next Delhi Master Plan more inclusive for populations left out of conventional planning paradigms. She also works on an International Labour Organisation supported study for understanding paid and unpaid domestic work in urban contexts in the cities of Bengaluru and Chennai.


Previously, Rashee has worked in informal and resettlement colonies of Delhi and Bihar for over 10 years. She first worked as a community worker and then as a researcher. Her new work aims to bridge the gap between practice and research on urban issues in India.


Rashee received the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholarship to pursue her master’s in urban geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. While a student at LSE, Rashee worked at LSE Cities, a thinktank based in the school and worked on a research project on reviving the High Streets of London. The report was created for the office of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority.


Her other interests lie in visual arts, theatre and performance and music.

Journal Article


Other Writing

  • Mehra, R., Nalla, V., Sohane, N. (2023). Empowering women to improve awareness and access to tenure, infrastructure and finance in informal settlements: Learning study of the Zamini Adhikar Abhiyaan. Indian Institute for Human Settlements. https://doi.org/10.24943/EWIAAT06.2023
  • Bhan, G., Ravindranath, D., Rai Chouwdhury, A., Mehra, R., Sinha, D., Kiran, A., & Malladi, T. (2022). Reproducing a household: Recognising and assessing paid and unpaid domestic work in urban India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements. https://doi.org/10.24943/RHRAPUDWUI11.2022
  • Bhan, G., Ravindranath, D., Rai Chouwdhury, A., Mehra, R., Sinha, D., Kiran, A., & Malladi, T. (2022). Deficits in decent work: Employer perspectives and practices on the quality of employment in domestic work in Urban India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements. https://doi.org/10.24943/DDWEPPQEDWUI11.2022
  • Bhan, G., Ravindranath, D., Rai Chouwdhury, A., Mehra, R., Sinha, D., Kiran, A., & Malladi, T. (2022). Employer practices and perceptions on paid domestic work: Recruitment, employment relationships, and social protection. Indian Institute for Human Settlements. https://doi.org/10.24943/EPPPDWRERSP11.2022
  • Bhan, G., D’Souza, P., Gajjar, H., Margosa, N., Mehra, R., Priya, K., & Rashmi, C. S. (2022). Lessons for social protection from the Covid-19 lockdowns report 2 of 2: Non-State actors. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Bhan, G., Rai Chowdhury, A., & Mehra, R. (2021). State of occupational safety and health practices at workplace for domestic workers in COVID-19 and possibilities for action. International Labour Organization. https://www.ilo.org/newdelhi/whatwedo/publications/WCMS_813644/lang–en/index.htm
  • Bhan G., Mehra, R., Sohane, N., Vasudev, E., & Yadav, M (2020). Jahan Jhuggi, Vahan Makaan: Assessing the viability and parameters of a Delhi Government JJ cluster improvement scheme. Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Indo-Global Social Service Society.
  • Mehra, R., Lall, R., & Narayan, M. (2023, 25 June – 1 July). Co-producing knowledge in action: Reflecting from the main Bhi Dilli campaign for equitable planning in Delhi. 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
  • Anand, G., Lall, R., & Mehra, R. (2022, February). Learning for and from participation: Reflections from engaging with citizens on Master Plans in India​. Paper presented at the Future of urban equality: Knowledge, partnerships and pathways in action. Knowledge in action for Urban Equity.