Shahana Chattaraj

Dr Shahana Chattaraj’s research interests are located at the intersection of globalisation economic development and urban transformation in the developing world. Her research focuses on urban political economy, governance and policy in Asian megacities, the informal economy and emerging patterns of socio-spatial inequality within cities. She is currently working on a book on urban restructuring in Mumbai and Shanghai, and has co-edited a volume on informal land and housing markets in Asia and Latin America.

Shahana holds a Ph.D. in public affairs from Princeton University, a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and bachelor’s degree in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. Before coming to the Blavatnik School, Shahana taught at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a post-doctoral scholar at the Lauder Institute. Shahana has worked for several years with the United Nations Population Fund, consulted with the World Bank and worked in a community development organisation in Delhi.

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    Are ‘Smart Cities’ enough for India?

    Smart cities are an important component of India' s ambitious plans for urban development. However, without adequate administrative and governance resources to plan and manage the expansion of these new cities,  India will be unable to harness the of power of urbanisation to produce sustainable and inclusive growth. Narendra Modi is a leader with an urban...

    31 Jul 2015 | Shahana Chattaraj