Varun Bhargava

1 Jun 2016 – 12 August 2016 | Profile shared during internship at IIHS

Masters in City Planning; University of California, Berkeley
BE, Mechanical; Thapar University, Patiala;



Varun likes conversing about a broad range of topics from identity politics to the latest artists in the genres of shoegaze/ black metal/ trip-hop. He loves train journeys, the Himalayas and the Bangalore weather.


He is studying forced or purposeful migration and the ways in which cities cope with dislocated people, with a focus on housing, access to a livelihood, and social organisation. He also spend hours on maps; find me if you’re interested in discovering impractical but cool places to camp.


At IIHS he will be working on two projects and two cities – Chennai and Bangalore – to study patterns of changes to drainage patterns in the cities, the challenges faced by the cities, and the differential vulnerability of settlements within the two cities.