Workshops & Conferences

Our workshops and conferences are intended to inculcate strong research and methodological practices, as well as engage closely with the causes and communities we work with.

State level Workshop on the Influence of Spatial and Land Use Planning on Economic Development and Livelihoods: The Case of Small and Medium Towns in Maharashtra.

Date: Apr 30, 2013
This workshop focused on sharing and reflecting on the analysis that came out of the Planning and Economic Development component of UIRF II. Download Report
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Western Region Consultation on Millennium Development Goals and the Urban Poor

Date: Dec 03, 2012
The workshop was organised in partnership with Oxfam India and YUVA India. The focus of the consultation was to deliberate on possible new frameworks for the Millennium Development Goals post 2015 in light of contemporary and future challenges facing urban poor groups.
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National Workshop on Lessons Learned from JNNURM-1 for Feeding into JNNURM-2

Date: Nov 27, 2012
The workshop was organised in partnership with the India Habitat Forum (INHAF). It focused on the problem and success areas of JNNURM and what could be done to address these in future urban development programmes. The intention was also to invite participant feedback on how a coalition of academic and practitioner groups could contribute to…
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Gendered Governance in Urban Maharashtra: Challenges and Opportunities Workshop

Date: Mar 02, 2012
The workshop brought together women representatives in urban local governments and activists who saw an opportunity in the expanded reservations for women in local body elections in Maharashtra. Download Report
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Towards a Comprehensive Agenda for Housing in Maharashtra Workshop

Date: Nov 18, 2011
This workshop was an effort to think through housing issues at the state level and to validate and share the analysis of the UIRF II Housing Component. Download Report
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The UIRF National Concluding Workshop

Date: Aug 26, 2011
It marked the conclusion of the UIRF Project and shared research done during the project duration as well as reflected on possible next steps going forward. Download Report
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From Reforms to Good Governance: National Consultative Workshop

Date: Nov 19, 2009
The workshop was held to to inaugurate the Urban India Research Facility within the School. The event kickstarted a discussion on the challenges introduced by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission’s agenda of reforms. The keynote was delivered by Prof K C Sivaramakrishnan from the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. Download Report
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Social Science Methodology and Writing Workshop: How to Use, Analyze, and Critique the Comparative Method by Dr. Sanchita Saxena

Date: Jul 30, 2019
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Consultation West Bengal Street Vendors Rules and Draft Schemes & Discussion on Gendered Perspective

Date: Aug 03, 2019
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Date: Sep 01, 2014
From communal riots in Hyderabad in 1984 to the crisis of redevelopment in Beijing before the 2008 Olympic Games, multitudes of everyday urban realities found a common ground in cinema at Sheharnama, a two-day international film festival of documentary and short fiction films. The festival was organised by CUPG, Films Division India, Action Aid and…
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“How can urban development work for the poor?”: Improving centrally sponsored urban development programs

Date: Jun 14, 2019
Participants at the workshop came up with a series of suggestions to ensure that future iterations of JNNURM and other urban development programs will result in outcomes that are better for the city’s poor. Download Report
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The City Produced: Urban Development, Violence and Spatial Justice in Mumbai

Date: Sep 29, 2014
The seminar was held to release ‘The City Produced: Urban Development, Violence and Spatial Justice in Mumbai’, a city profile that traces the changing trajectories of poverty, inequality, violence, and peace over the last few centuries. The release was be followed by ‘Mumbai Matka: Urban Trajectories and Futures’, a panel discussion on the possible future…
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On Impact of Infrastructure and Governance Transformation of JNNUIRM and IHSDP projects in Mizoram: A Report

Date: Oct 29, 2014
The purpose of this workshop was to share the understanding of the research team of the ICSSR sponsored project undertaken by the Department of Urban Policy and Planning supported by the Department of Social Work, Mizoram university. Download Report
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State-level Workshop Report of Governance and Infrastructure Transformations in Bhubaneswar and Puri via the JNNURM

Date: Oct 30, 2014
The objective of this workshop was to have all the stakeholders and key implementers of JNNURM to share their experiences of the programme, the issues that came up, challenges they faced in its implementation and any success stories from each of their perspective. Download Report
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Navi Mumbai’s Urbanisation Trajectory – Conflicts and Contradictions around Utopian Plans, Planning, and Governance

Date: May 27, 2016
This workshop explores the contesting imaginations of urban utopias – past and present, top down and bottom up, that speak to how the city of Navi Mumbai should be developed, how land and resources should be distributed and how questions of justice, equity, rights are to be engaged with and addressed through democratic and participatory…
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Becoming smart about settlements: Policy, planning, governance and the urban challenge in India

Date: Aug 26, 2016
Smart is the new buzzword for cities. But even as we debate the ideal of smart cities (and villages!), how governance and policy understand and respond to the existing urbanization dynamic deserves closer attention. On the one hand, cities are explicitly being yoked by policy to the task of pushing up the GDP. On the…
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Urban Planning and the Heterogeneous City

Date: Nov 23, 2016
The closed workshop was aimed as an interactive space between the research team, academics, practitioners and civil society groups. The workshop had two main goals. Firstly it enabled to create a space for dialogue and reflection together with various actors from different backgrounds that participated in the making of the Development Plan (DP); secondly it…
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A Review of the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme

Date: Dec 16, 2016
December 27, 2016 The Slum Rehabilitation Scheme (SRS) completes its 20th year in 2017, and over these two decades the scheme has had its share of success and failure. From time to time, the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) has drawn criticisms on various fronts like the provision of free housing, involvement of developers, and implementation…
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Interactive Session on Developments in Micro Finance (MF) Sector September 23, 2017

Date: Sep 23, 2017
Till couple of decades back, barring crop loans from state supported cooperative institutions in the rural areas, poor in our country were not availing any noteworthy credit product from the formal financial sector. That situation partially changed when GOI launched twin initiatives in mid 90s, e.g. NABARD sponsored Bank-SHG Link (BSL) program and permitting diverse types of Micro Finance…
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