Professor and Former Head of the Department of Urban Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
She has done Bachelor in Architecture from Jadavpur University(1983), and Masters in City Planning from I.I.T Kharagpur (1985) and Ph.D from SPA, New Delhi (2003).
Areas of Interest:
She has nearly 30 years of professional, research and teaching experience in the fields of Urban and Environmental Planning; the areas of special interest are Sustainable Development of settlements, Disaster Management, Urban Environmental Management, Assessment of Environmental Impacts, Energy and Urban Development, Environmental Quality of Human Settlements.
She is at present the Principal Investigator of the research project on e-pg-pathshala by University Grants Commission (UGC). She is also the Principal Investigator for Preparation of Web based platform for participation of local area stakeholders (as part of Design Innovation Centre of the Department of Urban Planning). She has been the Principal Investigator of 2 research projects funded by the Ministry of Urban Development titled Alternative Approaches to Master Plans and Ministry of Human Resource Development, titled Sustainable Development of urban settlements: case study Alwar. She was also the team member of the International Collaborative Research Project on Community led Disaster risk reduction plan of Mumbai Megacity with Kyoto University and Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
She has 8 doctoral theses guidance to her credit with themes ranging from Density and Spatial Quality of Neighbourhoods in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Disaster risk in urban villages of Delhi, Gender and mobility in cities, urban environmental quality and carrying capacity.
Publications and Presentations:
She has authored a book on Patterns of Energy Consumption in Urban Settlements published by LAP Lambert Publishing, Germany. She has also to her credit several technical papers and articles presented in National and International Conferences, seminars and journals pertaining to urban settlements.
She has recently completed work on Standardization of Smart cities for Bureau of Indian Standards Organisation, India for Social Infrastructure of Smart cities. She was the Team leader of the funded project of Preparation of Local Area Plan for Municipal Corporation of Delhi. She has also developed the Toolkit on Social Impact Assessment and R& R Plan for Urban Transport Projects for UNDP.
She has been member of various Committees guiding the development of urban settlements. She has also been the evaluator of doctoral theses of various institutes in India. She is now the member of the National Level Expert Group on Mitigation of Urban Flooding.
Membership of Professional Bodies
- Member, Institute of Town Planners India (ITPI)
- Life Member, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)
- Member, International Sociological Association (ISA)
- Life Member, Regional Science Association (RSA).