Senior Lead – Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India
Amir Bashir Bazaz is Lead-Practice at IIHS. He holds a PhD in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, with a specialisation in Public Systems. He works on issues at the intersection of economics, climate change mitigation, and adaptation and sustainable development. He has substantial experience in working with various integrated assessment frameworks and modelling arrangements. His current research interests are low carbon societies/infrastructure, climate change adaptation and mitigation (across scales), with specific focus on urban-climate change linkages and climate, energy and environment policy.
Amir has a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and started his career in the manufacturing industry, working across functional responsibilities of projects, production planning/control and engineering. He has previously been the National Expert Consultant to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India for the Second National Communication to the UNFCCC and taught courses in Development & Environmental Economics during his academic engagements at Symbiosis International University, Pune.
At IIHS, Amir is the Regional Research Lead for a multi-partner, multi-year climate adaptation research project – Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR). This project is a part of an IDRC/DfID funded global climate adaptation research program – Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA), operational across the regions of West, South and East Africa as well as South Asia. In addition, Amir is a part of many practice-based engagements at IIHS, notably; on ‘Energy Innovation’ (on a project led by Cambridge University), ‘Sustainability of Ecosystem Services’ (in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy India and Keystone Foundation) and ‘Migration-Climate Resilience dynamics for Indian cities’ (supported by the Swiss Agency of Development & Cooperation). He has been a regular team member for many ‘Disaster and Climate Resilience’ projects at IIHS and teaches regularly in the Urban Fellows and the Urban Practitioners Program.
Head – Legal and Regulation, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India
Amlanjyoti Goswami is Head – Legal and Regulation at IIHS. At IIHS he oversees the process of building appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks and enabling institutional sector development for key sectors in India including urban development, land and housing, municipal institutions, livelihood issues and higher education. He has been responsible for advising on key higher education sector reform legislation and developing a roadmap for institutional reform; assisting in the redrafting of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (DMC) Act; inputs towards revision of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (KTCP) Act; cultural and creative economy issues; as well as providing policy inputs to the Planning Commission on the XII Plan.
He co-leads the development of the Law and Governance concentration for the proposed IIHS Masters in Urban Practice (MUP) programme. Amlan works on law, policy and governance, including research in land acquisition, decentralisation and knowledge epistemologies. His recent research and teaching work is on the political economy of urban land and land regulation, as well as the legal and regulatory framework that governs urban development.
Amlan has a decade of international and domestic regulatory, policy and legal experience having consulted with the World Bank in Washington DC; worked in the Banking and Finance team of India’s largest legal practice Amarchand Mangaldas; practiced at the Supreme Court of India in the chambers of Harish Salve on constitutional, environmental law and contract law. At the Yale School of Environment & Forestry, he also assisted on a book on Global Environmental Governance with former Dean and UNDP Administrator, James Gus Speth.
Amlan was subsequently with the National Knowledge Commission set up by the Prime Minister of India and headed by Sam Pitroda where he drafted comprehensive reports on ‘Entrepreneurship in India’ and ‘Innovation in India’ apart from working on recommendations pertaining to higher education, legal education, IPR and traditional knowledge.
Research Consultant – Practice
Chandni Singh has a PhD in International Development from the University of Reading, United Kingdom and works at the interface of climate change and development in the global South. At IIHS, she works on issues of climate change adaptation, differential vulnerability and wellbeing, disaster risk, and rural-urban migration. She is a Contributing Author of the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees and a Lead Author of the IPCC’s Assessment Report 6. Chandni serves on the editorial boards of Regional Environmental Change and Progress in Development Studies. She has previously worked in research and practice-based organisations such as the University of Reading (UK), Bioversity International, Pragya, and WWF India across India, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. Her main domains of work fall under the scope of human dimensions of global environmental change and include climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, natural resource management, climate information services, livelihood transformations, and human migration with a thrust on using participatory methods.
Chandni has taught postgraduate level courses on research methodology and development studies. She is also interested in science communication for lay audiences and is a published poet.