Jessica Seddon

Dr. Jessica Seddon is Director of Integrated Urban Strategy at World Resources Institute. She was formerly a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Technology and Policy and Adjunct Faculty at Department of Humanities, IIT-Madras. Her research and consulting focus on the interaction of institutions with the information ecology and their joint effect on group behaviour.

She has worked in development social science and institutional design for over a decade and a half, with employers and clients ranging from the multilateral development bank research departments to a start-up university in Bangalore and national government committees in India.

Dr. Seddon earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and her B.A. from Harvard University.

Content by Jessica Seddon
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Density in various forms

    Indian census data suggests that around a third of citizens live in areas that could be considered urban, with this set to rise to about 40% by 2030. However, in addition to population numbers and density, the criteria to be considered urban also contains a less conventional stipulation that at least 75% of adult main male workers in an area must work in...

    15 Jan 2020 | Neha Sami, Jessica Seddon, Arindam Jana

  • Project

    Moving around: Resettlement and employment trajectories for low-income households in Chennai

    “Slum rehabilitation” takes many forms around the world, from in-situ investments in infrastructure to relocation to purpose-built low-income housing areas. Relocation is one of the more common strategies in areas with high-priced real estate in central urban areas, but it can take a profound toll on the economic and social lives of families who are “resettled.” It...

    2 Feb 2016 | Jessica Seddon, Charis Charis Idicheria, Anjali Neelakantan

  • Project

    How Urban is India?

    This project seeks to develop a dataset on the extent and location of de facto urbanisation – settlements with characteristics commonly thought of as urban - in India. Based on Census data, about one-third of India is often thought of as urban. However, census classification as urban requires at least 75% of the adult male workforce to be in non-farm employment and has a...

    1 Nov 2013 | Neha Sami, Arindam Jana, Jessica Seddon