CPR-CSH Panel Discussion on 'Future Urban: What Should Urban Research Be?'

CPR-CSH Panel Discussion on 'Future Urban: What Should Urban Research Be?'
Amita Bhide, Kaveri Gill, Pankaj Kapoor, Anne Odic, Sanjeev Sanyal, Asim Waqif
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 Add to Calendar 2018-09-25 17:30:00 2018-09-25 17:30:00 Asia/Kolkata CPR-CSH Panel Discussion on 'Future Urban: What Should Urban Research Be?' Please note special time and change of venue for the 104th workshop on September 25, 2018 The full talk will be streamed through Facebook live on CPR's Facebook page. Even as India urbanises, there is relatively limited discussion on what this future urban will be.  Will we follow well-trodden paths or will our dispersed settlement pattern, the advent of Industry 4.0 and new tools of governance lead us to a different destination? For our workshop this month, a panel of thought leaders from industry, civil society, academia and government will bring their distinctive perspectives to bear on this question and explore the implications for the urban research agenda. The event will be followed by a reception, in association with Institut français India (http://www.ifindia.in), to mark the completion of hundred workshops in this series. Speaker Profiles Amita Bhide is the Dean of the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has played a significant role in establishing the School of Habitat Studies. One of the inaugural fellowship recipients of the India China Institute, Amita has an equal commitment to teaching and research. Over the years, she has led several research projects involving national and international collaborations. Keeping her research focus centred on urban poverty alleviation, slum sanitation, affordable housing, slum rehabilitation and urban governance, she has contested existing narratives on the role of the state in governing Mumbai and other small and medium towns in Maharashtra. Amita Bhide received her PhD in Social Work from Mumbai University. Kaveri Gill is Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University. Kaveri has worked with a range of institutions, including academia, government, multilateral and bilateral donors, international organisations, and development consultancies. She has published widely, including the best-selling *Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India's Urban Informal Economy *Oxford University Press, (2009). Her research interests include the political economy of urbanisation, development, informality and the environment; and social policy for development. Kaveri Gill received her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Pankaj Kapoor is founder and Managing Director of Liases Foras. He has over twenty years of experience in the field of real estate research, valuatio... Centre for Science and Humanities (CSH), 2, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, (formerly Aurangzeb Road)
5:30 pm
Centre for Science and Humanities (CSH), 2, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, (formerly Aurangzeb Road)
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Please note special time and change of venue for the 104th workshop on September 25, 2018

The full talk will be streamed through Facebook live on CPR's Facebook page.

Even as India urbanises, there is relatively limited discussion on what this future urban will be.  Will we follow well-trodden paths or will our dispersed settlement pattern, the advent of Industry 4.0 and new tools of governance lead us to a different destination?

For our workshop this month, a panel of thought leaders from industry, civil society, academia and government will bring their distinctive perspectives to bear on this question and explore the implications for the urban research agenda.

The event will be followed by a reception, in association with Institut français India (http://www.ifindia.in), to mark the completion of hundred workshops in this series.

Speaker Profiles

Amita Bhide is the Dean of the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has played a significant role in establishing the School of Habitat Studies. One of the inaugural fellowship recipients of the India China Institute, Amita has an equal commitment to teaching and research. Over the years, she has led several research projects involving national and international collaborations. Keeping her research focus centred on urban poverty alleviation, slum sanitation, affordable housing, slum rehabilitation and urban governance, she has contested existing narratives on the role of the state in governing Mumbai and other small and medium towns in Maharashtra. Amita Bhide received her PhD in Social Work from Mumbai University.

Kaveri Gill is Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University. Kaveri has worked with a range of institutions, including academia, government, multilateral and bilateral donors, international organisations, and development consultancies. She has published widely, including the best-selling *Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India's Urban Informal Economy *Oxford University Press, (2009). Her research interests include the political economy of urbanisation, development, informality and the environment; and social policy for development. Kaveri Gill received her PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Pankaj Kapoor is founder and Managing Director of Liases Foras. He has over twenty years of experience in the field of real estate research, valuation, consulting and rating. He is acclaimed for developing a reliable market database and predicting real estate trends and pricing with precision. Liases Foras, a non-brokerage real estate research outfit, monitors the performance of over 20,000 projects across 60 cities in India and provides research and risk advisory to housing finance companies, banks, developers, funds, and government institutions including the National Housing Bank. Pankaj has developed simulation models for urban price setting and for forecasting future development and price behaviour of localities. Pankaj Kapoor has an MBA from the Institute of Management Education, Pune.

Anne Odic is the head of Local government and urban development division of the French Development Agency. Specialising in cities and climate change, she worked for twelve years in AFD offices around the world, before joining the Local government division at AFD head office. Anne has a Master’s in Public Policy from Science Po (Paris) and a degree of applied study (DEA) in Socio-economics from the Sorbonne University.

Sanjeev Sanyal is the Principal Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. An acclaimed economist and best-selling author, he was previously Global Strategist & Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. He is also a well-known environmentalist and urban theorist. His best-selling books include Land of the Seven Rivers, The Indian Renaissance and The Ocean of Churn. His most recent book is Life over two Beers (Penguin). In 2007, he was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for his work on urban dynamics and in 2010, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore and a Senior Fellow of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He also served on the Future City Sub-Committee of Singapore. Sanjeev Sanyal received his degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Asim Waqif started working as an art-director for film and television and made independent video and documentaries before moving into a dedicated art-practice. His recent projects have attempted a crossover between architecture, art and design, with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban-design and the politics of occupying/intervening/using public spaces. Concerns of ecology and anthropology often weave through his work and he has done extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, especially with respect to water, waste and architecture. His artworks often employ manual processes that are deliberately pain-staking and laborious while the products themselves are often temporary and sometimes even designed to decay. He has worked in sculpture, site-specific public installation, video, photography, and more recently with large-scale interactive installations that combine traditional and new media technologies. Asim Waqif received his degree in architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.

This workshop is free, but please RSVP to niyati@cprindia.org and carry your photo ID to facilitate your entry into CSH.

Find all the available videos of our previous workshops, here.


This is the hundredth and fourth in a series of Urban Workshops by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society and politics. For further information, please contact: Olivier Telle at olivier.telle@csh-delhi.com, Partha Mukhopadhyay at partha@cprindia.org or Marie-Hélène Zérah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr