The Center’s pedagogy seeks not only to strengthen students’ analytical and methodological capabilities, but also focuses on equipping students with practice based knowledges about the urban. Our curriculum integrates classroom teaching with the research, policy analysis and advocacy work undertaken at the Centre. You can read more about the teaching programme here.

Master’s In Urban Policy & Governance

The two-year M.A./M.Sc. programme in Urban Policy and Governance is the first of its kind in India. The programme aims to equip its graduates to intervene effectively on urban habitat issues through their work in public, private and civil society organisations.

There is an emphasis on building a guiding perspective that is democratic, equitable, socially just, culturally sensitive and technically sound.

The programme also equips students to intervene effectively on urban issues through work in public, private and civil society organisations.

Alumni of the programme are currently pursuing promising careers in all three sectors.

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M.Phil and PhD

Our M.Phil programme is a two year course, of which the first year comprises of course work that includes lectures on research methods, grounds their theoretical frameworks, and encourages them to develop specialised interests within the urban. The latter half of the course is designed to enable students to engage in research fields of their choice, under the supervision of faculty members who specialise in their areas of interest.

The PhD course, anchored to the School of Habitat Studies, is a research based programme where students undertake research in the Centre’s core interest areas, such as Urban Policy and Governance, Urban Development, Housing and Infrastructure, Natural Resource Politics and Economics, and Sustainability and Public Policy.

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Winter Institute

The Winter Institute is a two-week, field-based course that provides students an intense experience in understanding urban transformations while working in inter-disciplinary teams. The pedagogical approach emphasises learning from practice by using participatory research approaches

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Urban Studio

The Urban Studio is a semester-long active space for conducting urban research that provides our students an introduction to the city, encourages them to explore its nooks and corners, its various neighborhood and engage with local communities.

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Urban Futures:

Urban Futures is a workshop based course which is driven by experts and practitioners who explore facets of the urban with the uncertainties and needs of the future society in mind.

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