Tanvi Bhatikar

Manager – Research | tbhatikar at iihs dot ac dot in

2010    MSc, Communication Studies Department of Media and Communication Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune

             University Pune, Maharashtra, India

2008    BA, Mass Media (Journalism) Jai Hind College, Mumbai University Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa
Cities: Bengaluru, Pune
Languages: English , Hindi, Konkani, Marathi

Tanvi Bhatikar’s primary area of work at IIHS is research communications and management. She is involved in the administration of the Research Programme, and provides communications (strategic, content, and editorial) support to the programme, institution and to specific research projects. Tanvi’s research also focuses on governance, particularly governing institutions and stakeholders and the implications of governing complexities on small towns in India.


Most recently, she was part of the GCRF-funded PEAK Urban project as a researcher studying the impact of the Chennai–Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC) on the governance of the peripheral town of Tumkur. She is also working on an Internal Research Grant (IRG) that looks at the evolution of governing structures in Goa through pre-colonial and post-colonial time periods. At the IIHS Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), she is part of the team that teaches governance, and offers the elective on governing industrial infrastructure. She also co-teaches the elective on Development.


Tanvi has a Masters in Communication Studies from Savitribai Phule Pune University. She has worked with Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy and Association for Democratic Reforms in areas of urban governance and electoral and political reforms. Prior to joining IIHS, she was part of a team at Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research, that studied fiscal decentralization in Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and Rural Local Bodies (ULB) in Karnataka, and the political processes and institutions associated with it.

  • Governing Mega-Infrastructure Projects, Urban Fellows Programme, IIHS
  • Development Communication, Urban Fellows Programme, IIHS

Books/ Book Chapters

  • Surie, A., Goswami, A., Arakali, A., Revi, A., Ravindranath, D., Bhan, G., Anand, G., Balakrishnan, K., Kapoor, N., Sami, N., Vasanth, P., Anand, S., Smitha, M. B., Viswanath, S., Baberwal, S., Mitra, S., Batikar, T., & John, V. (2023). Towards a new urban practice: The urban fellows programme 2016-2022. Indian Institute for Human Settlements. https://doi.org/10.24943/9788195847303
  • Bhatikar, T., & Sami, N. (2021). Cities and regions in South Asia. In. A. M. Orum, J. Ruiz-Tagle, & S. V. Haddock (Eds.), Companion to Urban and Regional Studies (pp. 3-20). Wiley Blackwell.


Other Writing

  • Bazaz, A., Arakali, A., Revi, A., Bhan, G., Gulabani, H., Balakrishnan, K., Kapoor, N., Sami, N., Bhor, N., Pattela, O. N., Beleyur, P. R., Anand, S., Mitra, S., Bhatikar, T., John, V., Duque, J. C., Keith, M., Parnell, S., Tucker, A., & Govil, S. (2023). Maximising the benefits of India’s urban transformation: Local evidence synthesis report. PEAK Urban. https://www.peak-urban.org/India-Synthesis-Report
  • Arakali, A., & Bhatikar, T. (2022). Governing for the local environment within corridor projects in India (Policy Brief). PEAK Urban. https://www.peak-urban.org/publications/governing-local-environment-within-corridor-projects-india
  • Iyengar, S., Bhatikar, T., Raghunandan, T. R., & Kapur, A. (2021). PAISA for Municipalities: A Study of Fund Flows and Public Expenditure in the Geographic Jurisdiction of Tumakuru City Municipal Corporation, Tumakuru District, Karnataka. New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research
  • Raghunandan, T. R., Iyengar, S., Bhatikar, T., Narayanan, U & Janakiraman, P. (2016). Paisa for panchayats: Tracking fiscal devolution to local panchayats: A case study from Kolar district, Karnataka. New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research.
  • Bhatikar, T. (2015, March 12). Mr Prabhu, here’s one thing every traveller on Indian Railways needs. India Together. Retrieved from http://indiatogether.org/emergency-medical-services-on-indian-railways-government
  • Bhatikar, T. (2014, April 30). Penalties rare for Togadias and Masoods, but mileage aplenty. India Together. Retrieved from http://indiatogether.org/hate-speech-in-election-campaigns-laws
  • Bhatikar, T. (2014, April 21). Can educated MPs do more for education?. India Together. Retrieved from http://www.indiatogether.org/lok-sabha-mps-and-education-government
  • Bhatikar, T. (2014, April 14). How parties are wooing the young voter. India Together. Retrieved from http://indiatogether.org/young-voters-issues-in-manifesto-government
  • Bhatikar, T. (2014, December 27). SC verdict puts the spotlight on Bangla immigrants in Assam. India Together. Retrieved from http://www.indiatogether.org/supreme-court-verdict-on-bangaladeshi-immigration-into-assamand-section-6a-of-citizenship-act-government
  • Bhatikar, T. (2014, November 24). Why the Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy may happen again. India Together. Retrieved from http://www.indiatogether.org/sterilisation-camp-chhattisgarh-counterfeit-spurious-drugs-health
  • Bhatikar, T. (2014, September 30). The laws we forgot we had. India Together. Retrieved from http://beta.indiatogether.org/articles/law-commission-report-seeking-repeal-of-obsolete-laws-laws
  • Bhatikar, T. (2014, June 14). Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?. India Together. Retrieved from http://indiatogether.org/freedom-of-speech-on-internet-section-66a-laws

Bhatikar, T. (2021). Evolution of governance structures: A case study of Tumkur, Karnataka. In  S. Oosterlynck, E. Van Wymeersch, F.  Laoukili, M. Van Dam, & K. Boven (Eds.), RC21 Conference Sensing the City : Place, People, Power  (pp. 143-144). University of Antwerp, Belgium. https://medialibrary.uantwerpen.be/files/3713/d4a97a7e-6ba6-4221-b9b4-92c4de1983d5.pdf?_ga=2.2087863.749645352.1628689006-110507554.1628689006

  • GCRF- PEAK Urban, Manufacturing Cities: Planning, Governing and Building of Industrial Infrastructure in Bengaluru
  • Governing Goa: An exploratory study looking at the evolution of governing institutions in the state, IIHS Internal Research Grant