Date: June 27, 2013

Venue: IGIDR, Gen. A K Vaidya Marg, Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 065 (Near Film City Santosh Nagar)


Registration: 8.45 a.m.

Urbanization in India:

A Perspective from Multiple Disciplines

Objective of the Conference

The objective of the one day conference organized as part of the silver jubilee year celebrations of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) is to have a conversation on emerging issues on urbanization in India. The distinctiveness of the workshop is the gathering of select scholars and practitioners from the fields of architecture, development, economics, education, geography, human rights and sociology. 

While we have a fair understanding of the macro picture on urbanization from data available as part of Census of India and surveys conducted by National Sample Survey Organisation, due to limitations of data, it has proved difficult to understand specific processes occurring in India’s cities. In light of this, the one day conference is an attempt to have a detailed and meaningful conversation on the contentious issue of land, city development plans, the perspectives emerging from field level studies and issues relating to rights based development.

Inaugural Session  09:15-11:00


·         Welcome by S Mahendra Dev, Director, IGIDR and Introductions

·         The Land Market: Urban India’s Biggest Challenge, Sanjoy Chakravorty, Professor, Department of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University.

·         Discussant: Amita Bhide, Professor , Chairperson, Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, M East Ward Social and Economic Transformation Programme, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences


·         Tea Break

Urban Development

11:30 – 13:00


·         E- Governance of Urban Space and Urban Poverty, Bhuvaneswari Raman, Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Centre for the Study of Science, Society and Sustainability, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy

·         Urban Infrastructure Development Programme in India: A Spatial Analysis/ Lessons Learnt, Debolina Kundu, Associate Professor, National Institute of Urban Affairs

·         Chair: Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research


·         Lunch

Insights from the Field



·         Well-being of Migrant Workers: Perspectives from Daily Labour Markets in Navi Mumbai, Karthikeya Naraparaju, Ph.D Scholar, IGIDR

·         Poor migrants in NCR Delhi, Nandita Gupta, Research Associate, Institute for Human Development

·         Political Inclusion of Seasonal Migrant Workers in India: Perceptions, Realities and Challenges, Amrita Sharma et. al. Program Coordinator, Center for Migration and Labour Solutions, Aajeevika Bureau

·         Human Rights in the Urban Setting, Mafiul Hussain,  Secretary, Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission

·         Chair: Amitabh Kundu, Professor, CSRD, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Tea Break

Rights Perspective 16:30-18:00


·         Urban Conflict, Shivani Satija, Research Associate, Institute for Human Development

·        Issues in Urban Schooling in India, Angula Reddy, Assistant Professor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration

·         Water in Cities: Issues of Sustainability and Governance in West Bengal, Gopa Samanata, Associate Professor,  Department of Geography, Burdwan University

·         Chair: Sripad Motiram, Associate Professor,  IGIDR


·         Dinner hosted by S Mahendra Dev, Director, IGIDR