Rashee Mehra

Senior Associate – Academics and 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.

Other Writing

  • 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.