Urban Ecology

Specific focus on citizens, municipal corporations and governance in fast-growing cities; rapid diminishing of urban ecosystems and the impact of natural resources. Emphasising the environment as the pivot in urban planning.

Reimagining Public Spaces for the Urban Poor Post COVID-19

For the poor and socially marginalized groups already living on the edge in India's cities, the pandemic has dealt a severe blow, isolating them physically, socially and economically. Access to public spaces can transform the lives they lead.

Your Corporator: The Elected Representative You Forget to Vote For

Corporators have the agency and opportunity to attend to, if not solve, the most immediate and proximate woes of an urban citizen. Yet, municipal elections continue to be one of the most ignored aspects of Indian democracy, with local politics playing subordinate to state and national politics.
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Damaged, Desolate & Dirty: What Rehabilitation Looks Like for Khori’s Residents

Rehabilitation for those citizens evicted from Khori Gaon still remains a distant dream.
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Life in Traffic, Not Fantastic: Why Are Bengaluru’s Roads So Bad?

The poor condition of Bengaluru's roads are well-documented and have been groaned about since time immemorial. Roads are laid in the city only to be dug up again, leaving commuters stuck in traffic for hours on end. But why are Bengaluru's roads so bad? Who is responsible for them? And why is this such a persistent problem?

The Hits and Misses of the Pusa Capsule, the Delhi Government’s Solution to Stubble...

As the Delhi Government pushes the Pusa decomposer as a successful alternative to stubble burning, New Delhi's farmers highlight its hits and misses.

Behind the “Green” Rationale of Evictions

84,000 Indians were forced out of their homes for “ostensible environmental” reasons in 2020, but there may be more at play here than conservation measures.

How Durga Puja in Kolkata Can Serve as a Site for Promoting Sustainability

One cannot undermine the power of cultural phenomena for addressing audiences that most forms of messaging cannot capture.

Environmental Data is Critical to Fighting the Climate Crisis: Data Stewardship Can Put It...

To fight the climate crisis, data stewardship presents possible pathways to responsibly unlock the value of environmental data while also safeguarding against misuse.

In Pedestrian-Heavy Patna, Crores are Being Invested in Road and Metro Projects Instead

There has been a phenomenal growth in the number of metro rail projects across Indian cities in the last decade, despite hard evidence that...

Delhi’s Master Plan Ignores the City’s Fishers, But This is Not a First

While Delhi's Master Plan 2041 proposes green belts and parks along the Yamuna, it excludes those dependent on its resources: like Delhi’s 2,500 fishers.