Confronting the Challenges and Opportunities of Indian Urbanisation: Insights from the 2011 India Urban Conference

Kavita Wankhade, H. S. Sudhira  | May 2014


The India Urban Conference (IUC) included a series of events designed to increase the salience of urban challenges and opportunities for India’s development as well as identify new research areas and collaborations. The series organised by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (JCCD), and Yale University’s South Asia Council was comprised of an academic conference in New Haven, CT, USA; an ideas-forum and discussion of emerging evidence and research in Mysore; a policy conference in Delhi; and a national student challenge seeking innovative proposals for urban solutions. The conference raised several key questions and generated several debates on some of the critical challenges faced by contemporary urban India.