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Policy in Action- Urbanisation

August 4, 2023

The Centre for Policy Research turns fifty this year. Fifty years in the service of Indian policymaking, of keeping a robust conversation between the government, policymakers and the Indian populace alive – this is indeed a moment of pride and reflection for us. As we celebrate this special milestone, we present some snippets of our impact on the Indian policy sphere over the years in various areas of research.

This edition of Policy in Action is dedicated to our work on Urbanisation. When K C Sivaramakrishnan, former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, and subsequent chair of our Governing Board, joined CPR, he brought with him a perspective that continues to inform our work today. This was based, first, on his unshakeable faith in the legitimacy and effectiveness of local representative democracy, embodied in his role in crafting the 74th amendment to our constitution, documented in Power to the People? The Politics and Progress of Decentralisation (2000) and second, on viewing the urban, not just as cities, but as an unfolding process of national transformation as he argued in The Future of Urbanisation: Spread and Shape in Selected States (2001).

CPR continues this tradition of focusing on governance and this process of transformation, the manner in which it is influenced by policy and the implications it has for policy, in various forms – its work on special economic zones, on ground-up urbanisation in smaller urban centres, on megacity governance and differential access to services within cities, and the myriad forms of migration engendered by & engendering this transformation.

Much of the work at CPR on this transformation has been done, with deliberate intent, as part of national and multinational networks, the work on SEZs, Subaltern Urbanisation, Cities of Delhi, the Tacit Urban Knowledge Network, BRICS, SHRAMIC, et al., building on relationships across institutions like CSH, TISS, IIHS, HUL, IGIDR in India, and institutions like CESSMA in France, Brown University, the India China Institute and CASI in the US, LIRNEasia in Sri Lanka, Universities of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand in South Africa and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in China. The work has been generously supported by a variety of funders, the Government of India, ICSSR, Google.org, Tata Trusts, HDFC, Ford Foundation, IDRC, and others.

Here’s a snapshot of CPR’s work on Urbanisation over the years:

To know details about CPR’s work on Urbanisation, you can visit our website at https://cprindia.org/researcharea/urbanisation/ or the work of the Initiative on Cities, Economy and Society at https://cprindia.org/research/initiative-on-cities-economy-and-society/

Stay tuned for our next pop-up edition of Policy in Action, coming soon!