School of Economic Development

The School of Economic Development focuses on the economies and economic transitions of urban settlements and regions, and understanding economic flows and networks across urban and rural places. The urban economy makes up two-thirds of the current global economy and in a few decades, will be more than three-fourths. Much of this economic growth will come from urban regions in Asia and Africa. The School draws upon and brings together work from a range of disciplines including management and finance, economics, area studies, sociology, anthropology, development studies, and gender studies to build theory, develop pedagogy, and inform practice and policy on the urban and regional economy, and economic development.


Teaching within the School will include courses across on the urban economy, disciplinary courses in urban economics and political economy, as well as a range of courses on the key focus areas listed below. Within the degree programmes of the proposed IIHS IOE, the School will be the primary location for the Economic Development concentration, and will co-anchor the Human Development, Planning, Urban Management and Land and Housing concentrations along with other Schools.

Key focus areas

Urban and Regional Economics

Urban and Public Finance

Development Economics

Economic History

Economic Governance and Institutions

Emerging Economic Settlements (such as industrial zones, corridors)





Capacity Building

Project Management: Recognising the critical importance of project management to the delivery of urban infrastructure projects in mission mode while ensuring their economic viability, the UPP designs and delivers modules as part of the integrated capacity building programme under the AMRUT mission. These modules incorporating standard practices are particularly designed keeping in mind the peculiarities of the Indian context.


Urban Economic Development and Livelihoods: Local economic development is central to IIHS’ approach to urban development, and is included in UPP’s courses and workshops through modules on the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) as part of the integrated capacity building programme under AMRUT, and affordable housing.