Sudeshna Mitra

Associate Dean – Academics | Senior Lead – Academics & Research | smitra at iihs dot ac dot in

2013    PhD, City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, United States of America
2006    Master’s in City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, United States of America
1999    MPlan, Urban Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi NCR, India
1997    Bachelor’s in Physical Planning, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi, Delhi NCR, India

Countries: India, United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, France, Singapore, Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia
States: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Kerala
Cities: Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Bhuvaneshwar, Indore, Amravati, Shimla, Mussoorie
Languages: English, Bengali , Hindi

Sudeshna Mitra’s core research interest is in the political economy of land and real estate, in urban and regional economic transformations, infrastructure development and planning/governance. She has advised government bodies and funding agencies on questions of land, infrastructure, urban finance, and public and private negotiations that shape these terrains. Her practice and research projects have included work on sustainable and inclusive urban transitions, state-level land use/land management policies, grid/off-grid infrastructure systems, urban food systems, land-based financing, real estate financing, transit-oriented development, land and property records modernisation, etc.


She helped set up the Urban Fellows Programme at IIHS. She has been visiting faculty at Cornell University, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) Delhi, CEPT, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Xavier’s University, ESPI Paris, etc. She has served on the curriculum review boards of programmes at SPA Delhi. She serves as an external course moderator for the University of Western Cape, South Africa. She is on the editorial board of the Institute for African Alternatives’ New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy.


Sudeshna has a PhD from Cornell University. Her Bachelor’s in Physical Planning and Master’s in Urban Planning degrees are from SPA Delhi. Before joining academia, she worked in the private sector and advised state- and national-level government agencies on economic infrastructure projects, such as science parks, special economic zones, infrastructure corridors, airports and greenfield and brownfield townships in India and South Asia.


  • Built Environment and Planning, Urban design and planning, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Urban Economy, Land and real estate, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Urban and Regional Economic Development, Economic development, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Urban Finance, Land and real estate, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Shaping Urban Futures, Land and real estate, Digital Blended Learning (DBL) course, IIHS



  • Capacity Building Programme for Town Planning Officials of Maharashtra (YASHADA), Land, Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • (Re)thinking the Off Grid City
  • Bengaluru Metro Rail Project: Consultancy Assignment to Support Integrated and Sustainable Urban Development along Mass Rapid Transit Corridors in Bengaluru City
  • Chief Minister of Rajasthan’s Economic Transformation Advisory Council (CMRETAC) – Urban Transitions
  • KC Sivaramakrishnan Expert Committee for Identification of Capital for Andhra Pradesh (Set Up by Government of India)
  • Land Records Modernisation and e-Governance Initiatives
  • PEAK Urban: Metropolitan Development and Land Based Financing
  • Report to the XV Finance Commission: The Potential of Urbanisation to Accelerate Post-COVID Economic Recovery:
  • Study on the Spatial Distribution of Employment and Income Categories in Chennai Metropolitan Area
  • GiZ- TN State Government: State Land Use Policy for Tamil Nadu
  • BMRCL: Assessment of Co- Branding Potential for Namma Metro (Purple and Green Lines)