Dr AMIR BAZAZ
Lead – Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India
Amir Bashir Bazaz holds a PhD in Management, with a specialization in Public Systems. He works on issues at the intersection of economics, climate change mitigation and sustainable development. He has substantial experience of working with various top-down & bottom-up economy-energy-environment modelling frameworks/architectures. His current research interests are low carbon societies/infrastructure, climate change adaptation, urban-climate change linkages. Amir started his career in the manufacturing industry, working across functional responsibilities of projects, production planning/control and engineering. He has been the Expert Consultant to the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India for the National Communication to the UNFCCC project and taught courses in Development & Environmental Economics during his academic engagements.
Head, Legal & Regulation, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India
Amlanjyoti Goswami works on law, policy and governance. He is interested in conceptual questions of urban theory, knowledge epistemologies, legality and its relationships with space, politics and culture. His recent research and teaching work is on the political economy of urban land and land regulation, land acquisition, tenureship, land use and recording frameworks as well as the legal and regulatory frameworks that govern urban and rural development.
Amlan heads Legal and Regulation at IIHS and co-leads the development of the Law and Governance concentration for the proposed IIHS Masters in Urban Practice Programme. He oversees the process of building appropriate legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks and enabling institutional sector development for key sectors in India including urban development, land-related issues, decentralisation, livelihood issues and higher education.
Amlan holds an LL.B and a B.A. (Hons Sociology) from University of Delhi and an LL.M from Harvard Law School. He has over a decade of international and domestic regulatory, policy, research and legal experience. He has consulted with the World Bank in Washington DC; worked in the Banking and Finance team of India’s largest legal practice Amarchand Mangaldas; and practised at the Supreme Court of India in the chambers of Harish Salve on constitutional, environmental and contract law. Amlan also worked on legal, regulatory and policy-related issues at the National Knowledge Commission set up by the then Prime Minister, on questions pertaining to Higher Education in India.
Urbanist, School of Environment and Architecture (SEA), Mumbai, India
Prasad Shetty is an urbanist based in Mumbai. He has studied architecture (Mumbai) and Urban Management (Rotterdam). He currently teaches at the School of Environment and Architecture (SEA) and also works with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region—Environment Improvement and Heritage Conservation Society. He is one of the founder members of the urban research collective, CRIT, and the Society for Environment and Architecture.
Prasad’s recent works include: De-Mapping: an installation emerging from the hyper-mapping tendencies of urban study practices (supported by Khoj, Delhi); Bombay Talkies and Other Stories of Malad: a research on the land politics in the suburb of Mumbai (supported by Majlis, Mumbai); Being Nicely Messy: a research on projecting the future mobility of Mumbai (supported by the Audi Urban Futures Initiative); and Gurgaon Glossaries: compiling the terms that are getting formed when the new city of Gurgaon is settling (supported by SARAI, Delhi & the Devi Art Foundation).
Senior Lead – Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India
Kavita Wankhede has a Masters in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelors in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She completed a three-month Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA) Fellowship at the Development Planning Unit, University College London in 2014.
Kavita works as Lead-Practice at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Her work cuts across research, teaching, consulting and policy analysis, and her areas of expertise are urban water and sanitation, urban environment, and urban infrastructure. She currently leads the urban water and sanitation team at IIHS. The team has successfully completed a range of research and practice projects including a policy paper on water and sanitation, assessment of a micro-finance sanitation project, action plan for climate change (water and sanitation) for Bengaluru among others.
Kavita co-coordinated the development of IIHS’ interdisciplinary Masters in Urban Practice (MUP) curriculum framework with a team of over 180 leading academics, practitioners and policy makers from across the world. She later co-led the 9-month IIHS Programme for Working Professionals in Urban Development (PWP-UD) that tested and ‘proved’ the interdisciplinary MUP framework and pedagogic approach.
In her career spanning over a decade, Kavita has experience of working with local and state governments, Indian and international educational institutions, NGOs, public- and private-sector institutions and bilateral and multilateral institutions. Some of her key assignments in the past include a comprehensive review of urban sanitation in India for WSP, review of JNNURM from the environmental sustainability lens, and the design of cyclone shelters for the Gujarat government.