Dr Pushpa Pathak is a Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR. Dr Pathak has extensive experience of working in the field of urban development in India and in other developing and post-conflict countries. She has worked with premier institutions including: the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi; and the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program – South Asia, New Delhi. As a Senior Urban Advisor she was engaged in post-conflict urban reconstruction and development in Afghanistan for seven years supported by the UN-HABITAT, World Bank and USAID-Office of Disaster Assistance and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). In addition, she has worked in India, Tanzania, Macedonia, Serbia and Nepal as a short-term Consultant for the Department For International Development (DFID), World Bank, UN-HABITAT, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Labour Organisation (ILO), and United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). Dr Pathak has also been a Visiting Faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and a Resource Person at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi, for their training programme for Afghan Mayors and District Governors.
Dr Pathak’s broad area of professional interest is promotion of inclusive and sustainable urban development. Her current policy research interests include understanding of: (i) urban transformation and growth dynamics of small towns was well as cities of various sizes; (ii) urban poverty and inequality; and (iii) urban governance, planning, finance and management. She has published a number of papers in reputed Indian and international journals as well as in edited volumes.
Dr Pathak has a Master’s Degree in Geography from the Kanpur University, India, and a PhD in Regional Development from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has spent two years at the Banaras Hindu University, India, and one year at the Cambridge University, UK, doing post-graduate research work. She was a Ford Fellow at the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at the Massachusetts Institute of technology, USA in the academic year 1989-90.