School of Governance

The School of Governance engages with questions of how, where, when and why settlements are governed. The School has systemic orientation, interdisciplinary reach, and spatial focus, which are unique to this country, and will lead nationally on new and cutting-edge work on urban governance. Drawing on and bringing together disciplines such as law, political science and policy, research, teaching, and practice, the School speaks to issues around urban governance that are central to both international as well as domestic urban policy.


Teaching at the School will locate the urban in India within a larger constitutional governance framework to enable learners to understand how, by whom, and on what basis Indian cities and urban regions are governed and managed. It will do so through an engagement with the State and its institutions at multiple scales, as well as the relationships that State actors have with the market, the private sector, and other non-State institutions. Within proposed degrees at the IIHS IOE, the School will be the primary location of the Concentration in Law, Policy and Governance. It will also be linked to Concentrations in Land and Housing, Planning, Human Development, Economic Development, and Systems and Infrastructure, among others.





Capacity Building

Urban Policy and Governance: As part of its capacity building programme for urban leadership, the UPP curates and conducts the urban module for IAS officers in the Mid-Career Training Programme (MCTP) at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) across all phases, as well as In-Service Training for IAS, IPS and IFS officers under the aegis of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, GoI. These modules focus on challenges and opportunities in the governance of urban areas, and policy and programmatic approaches to solving critical issues sustainably.


Urban Theory: UPP anchors masterclasses on Southern urbanism and other leading theories on global urbanisation, with an aim to enable the development of a rooted theory of urbanisation in India. These masterclasses are conducted by leading national and international urban theorists and are structured around the theme of ‘Unpacking Urbanism’.