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Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (urban geography, Third World urbanisation and economic development); M.A. Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Regional development, urbanisation);B.A. Loreto College, University of Calcutta (Geography, Economics)
MBA students: Urban Management, Environment and Development, Regional Development in India; Fellowship/Doctoral students:Introduction to Regional Development Theory and Policy,Introduction to the Theory of Urbanization,The Regional Pattern of India’s Economic Development,Data Base of the Indian Economy,Urban Informal Economy ,Urban Management,Advanced course on Urban Structure and Growth, Literature Review of Regional Development
The 1985 Urban Geography Dissertation Award given by the Urban Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Gap between Irrigation potential created and irrigation utilization; Interim Support Consultancy to the Change Management Unit of the KUSP (Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor); Concept Document on the Dankuni Township for Bengal Ambuja Housing Development Ltd.
Visiting Faculty, Dept. of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus, Denmark; Guest Faculty, Institute of Geography, Univ. of Copenhagen; Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Arizona State University; Assistant Professor, Regional Development Group, IIM Calcutta; Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Arizona State University;
(with Tina Dutta). Forthcoming 2017. "Lifetime Vs Current Migration: A Methodological Review", Demography India (ISSN: 0970-454X). “Inner City and Outer City Neighborhoods in Kolkata: Their Changing Dynamics Post Liberalization” 2015. Environment and Urbanization Asia, 6 (20): 139-153. (with Bhaskar Chakrabarti, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay and Suman Nath). 2013. “Reasons for the Gap between Irrigation Potentail Created and Utilised: A Case study of West Bengal and Seven North-Eastern states” Review of Development and Change, 18 (2): 115-130. “Metropolitan City Growth and Management in Post-liberalized India.” 2012. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 53 (1): 44-62. (with Freek Colombijn). 2009. “Introduction--Decolonization and Urban Change in the Asian City.” Urban Geography, 30 (8): 809:814. This is the introduction to the Special Issue which was jointly edited with Freek Colombijn. “Urban Planning in Post-colonial India, 1948-1965: Chandigarh Reexamined”. 2009. Urban Geography, 30 (8): 857-878. “Urban Basic Amenities: Analysis at State and Town Level” Social Sciences Research. 2008. Kangwon National University, South Korea, 31 pages. (with Satish, M.K.) “Metropolitan Restructuring in Post-liberalised India: Separating the Global and the Local.” Cities: The Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, Vol. 24, No. 2, March 2007, pp. 148-163. “The Peri-urban Interface of Indian Cities: Growth, Governance and Local-level Initiatives.” Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. 40, No. 2, 2005, 129-136. “Planning and Local Economies in Navi Mumbai: Processes of Growth and Governance” Urban Geography. Vol. 24, No. 1, 2003, 2-15. (with Kavita Pandit). “The Geography of Segmentation of Informal Labor Markets: The Case of Motor Vehicle Repair in Calcutta.” Economic Geography, Vol. 77, No. 2, April 2001, pp. 180-196. “The Planning and Development of New Bombay”, Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 33, Issue 4, 1999, pp. 951-988. “Emerging Patterns of Urban Growth in India”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 34, Nos. 16 and 17, April 17-24, 1999, pp. 969-978. “Urban Policy in Post-independent India: An Appraisal”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 31, No. 4, Jan. 27, 1996, pp. 224-228. “Satellite Town Development in Asia: The Case of New Bombay, India”, Urban Geography, Vol. 16, No. 3, April 1- May 15, 1995, pp. 254-271. (Reprinted in Issues in Urban Development: A Case of Navi Mumbai. Edited by R. N. Sharma and K. Sita, pp. 27-50. Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2001). “Urban Growth and Landuse Conflicts: The Case of New Bombay”, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Vol. 26, No. 3, July-Sept. 1994, pp. 33-44. “The Informal Sector in Indian Manufacturing Activities: A Regional Study”, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 37, No. 3, July-Sept. 1994, Pp. 335-350. “Structure of Industrial Employment in the Rural Areas around Calcutta”, Annals of the National Association of Geographers, India, Vol. 13, No. 1, June 1993, pp. 1-17. “Linkages of Large Scale, Small Scale and Informal Sector Industries: A Study of Thana-Belapur”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 25, Feb. 17-24, 1990, pp. M17-M22. “Fertility and Child Spacing among the Urban Poor in a Third World city: The Case of Calcutta, India”, Human Ecology, Vol. 10, No. 3, September 1988, pp. 329-342. “The Income Security Function of the Rural Sector: The Case of Calcutta, India”, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 36, No. 2, January 1988, pp. 303-314. “The Informal Sector in a Third World Urban Economy: A Case Study of Calcutta, India”, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1985, pp. 42-53. “Wage Labour in Slum Households, Calcutta, India”, Labour, Capital and Society: Vol. 17, No. 1, April 1984, pp. 27-42.
‘Career Trajectories of Non-managerial workers in an Indian Five Star hotel.’ Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Education, Social Sciences and Humanities in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8-10, 2015. ‘Towards Sustainable Cities in India.” Invited paper presented at a conference on Sustainable Urbanization in India: Challenges and Opportunities organized by the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata and IIT Bombay and held in Kolkata on 15-16 January, 2015. ‘Inner City and Outer City Neighborhoods in Kolkata: Their Changing Dynamics Post Liberalization’. Presented at the 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Business held in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 22-25, 2014. ‘Urban Growth and Change in India’s Global Era: Small City Dynamics.’ Presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers held in Los Angeles, California from April 9 -13, 2013. ‘Urban Growth and Change in Post liberalized India’. Invited Paper presented at an International Symposium for the Study of Contemporary India titled ‘Actualities of Indian Economic Growth at Rural-Urban Crossroads’ held at the University of Tokyo on 15-16 December, 2012. ‘Small Cities and Towns in India’s Global Era: Growth and Policy.’ Presented at the Summer Conference of the International Academy of Business and Economics in Venice, Italy from June 8-10, 2012. ‘Emerging Perspectives on Small Towns and Cities in India’ Invited paper presented at a seminar on Small Cities and Towns in Global Era organized by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai from August 29--30, 2011. ‘Creating Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods: Issues and Strategies in Kolkata, India’. Presented at the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Business held in Honolulu, Hawaii from May 26-29, 2011. ‘Emerging Trends in urbanization in West Bengal and their Implications for an Urban Strategy.’ Invited Paper presented at a National Symposium on Urban strategy for West Bengal organized by the West Bengal Regional Chapter of Town Planners of India (ITPI) and Municipal Affairs Department, Govt. of West Bengal at the Town Hall, Kolkata on 18 September, 2010. ‘The Informal Sector in the Kolkata Metropolitan Region: Social Conditions and Role in Local Economic Development’ Paper presented at the 4th Annual International Conference on Sociology held in Athens, Greece, 10-13 May 2010. ‘Regenerating the old core of Indian cities: Issues and Strategies’ Paper presented at the 10th International Congress of the Asian Planning Schools Association on “The Future of Asian Cities” organized by CEPT University, Ahmedabad from November 24-26, 2009. ‘Metropolitan Governance and Inequality in India’. Paper presented at the 105th Meeting of the Association of American Geographers held at Las Vegas, March 22-27, 2009. ‘Metropolitan Governance and Social Inequality: The case of Kolkata Metropolitan Area’. An invited paper presented at a workshop organized by the International Metropolitan Observatory Project and held at the Center for International Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, January 30-31, 2009. ‘Business Models for Remaking Indian Cities’ Invited Presentation made at a seminar on ‘New Perspectives on Work and Economic Development-with a special focus on India’ at the Business School, University of Loughborough, UK on October 6, 2008. “Urban Basic Amenities: Analysis at State and Town Level” Paper presented at the Ninth Asian Urbanization Conference, Kangwon National University in Chuncheon, Republic of Korea from August 18-23, 2007. “Urban Planning Thoughts prevalent during 1930-1960 and their Influence on Indian Town Planning.” Invited Paper presented at an international conference on The Decolonisation of the Indonesian city (1930-1960) in (Asian and African) Comparative Perspective organized by the Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal and held in Leiden, The Netherlands from April 26-28, 2006. “High Tech Development in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area: Locational Dynamics and Impacts.” Invited Paper presented at the International Seminar on Dynamics of High-Tech Urban Spaces: Asian-European Perspectives organised by the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, Centre for Regional Studies, University of Hyderabad and Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands in Hyderabad, from February 6-8, 2006. An Invited paper “Improving peri-urban governance” presented at the Workshop on Urban Actors, Policies and Governance in Kolkata organised by the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi and the Institute of Social Sciences, Kolkata at Kolkata on September 9, 2005. (with Satish M.K.) “Metropolitan Restructuring in post-liberalised India: Separating the Global and the Local.” Invited Paper presented at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American of the Association of American Geographers at Denver, Colorado during April 5-9, 2005. “Planning for Whom? Housing in Navi Mumbai.” Paper presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers at Los Angeles, California during March 19-23, 2002. An invited paper entitled “Urban Growth, Basic Amenities and Waste Management in India” presented at a National Symposium on Population, Life Support and Human Development organised by the Centre for Development and Environment Policy, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and held at IIMC, Kolkata on 5-6 February 2001. “Newly Emerging Patterns of Urban Growth in India.” Presented at an international conference on City, State and Region: Toward the Twenty First Century organised by the International Sociological Association, Japan Foundation and the University of Hiroshima, in Hiroshima, Japan, Dec. 19-20, 1998. “Decentralisation: Devolution and Participation in Urban Areas—A Case Study of a Small Town in West Bengal.” Presented at a state-level conference on Decentralisation and Devolution of the Planning Process organised by the West Bengal State Planning Board in Calcutta, November 21-22, 1998. “Structural Adjustment and Metropolitan Restructuring in India.” Presented at the 28th International Geographical Congress, The Hague, Netherlands, August 4-10, 1996. “The Structure of Industrial Employment in the Rural Areas of Four Districts in West Bengal.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Indian Geographers, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Dec. 28-30, 1992. “The Informal Sector in Calcutta, India.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Phoenix, Arizona, April 1988. “Industrial Structure, Industrial Location and Urbanization in India.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Portland Oregon, April, 1987. “Migration and the Role of the Rural Subsistence Sector: A Case Study of Calcutta, India.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C. April, 1984. Invited Discussant/Panelist/Participant/ at Seminars/Workshops: Invited participant and Chair of the Technical Session on “GIS and the Development of Kolkata” in a UGC sponsored state level Seminar on ‘Geographical Appraisal of the City of Joy’s Environmental Wellbeing’ organized by Sarsuna College and Jadavpur University at Town Hall on 17-18th January, 2012. Invited panelist on “Urban Interventions’ for a 2-day workshop on the ‘Undisciplined City’ organized by the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi on November31-December 1, 2009. Invited participant to a national workshop on ‘Affordable Housing for Urban Poor’ organized by Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi on October 16-17, 2008. Invited Panelist on ‘City Spaces’ for a 2-day International Conference on ‘Migration, Diaspora and the City: Mobility and Dwelling in Calcutta’ held at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, 12-13 December, 2008. An invited panelist for Session I: ‘The Urban Experience: India and China’ at the Seminar on Urban Experiences: India, China and the Chinese Indians held on August 5, 2008 at Calcutta University, Alipore Campus, Kolkata. An invited participant to the National Review Meeting on ‘Capacity Building under JNNURM’ organized by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and held at Uttarakhand Academy of Administration, Nainital on 14 and 15th July, 2008. An invited participant and Chair of the Transportation Working Group in the International Meet on Cities in Race: Global Competition and City Development organised by the Regional Science Association, India and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, India at Kolkata from Nov. 13-15, 2005. An invited discussant to the Technical Session on Social Security for Workers in the Unorganised Sector held during the 43rd Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics at Bangalore, Dec. 18-20, 2001. An invited discussant to a Workshop on “Demographic Change in Bangladesh and West Bengal: Some Common Features and Possible Causes” organised by the Centre for Social Sciences, Kolkata, on 11 January 2001. Invited participant to the International Conference on Urban Environment Management: Local Government and Community Action organised by the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi and held in Kolkata during November 25-27, 2001. Invited participant to a national workshop on “Measuring the Contribution of the Informal Sector” organised by the National Council of Applied Economic Research and SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) at New Delhi, March 31-April 2, 1997. Invited discussant of a paper at a national seminar on “Gender and Employment in India: Recent Trends, Patterns and Policy Options” organised by the Indian Society of Labour Economics and the Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi, Dec. 18-20, 1996. Invited participant to a Workshop on Employment Security and Employment Guarantee Schemes in India organised by the United Nations Development Programme and held at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, March 11-12, 1994. Invited Lectures & Talks Given: Invited lecture given on ‘Metropolitan Governance and Inequality in India’ at the Indian Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore on 20 August, 2009. Invited Talk on ‘Urban Rejuvenation’ for an Urban Design Seminar on ‘The Street: The Park Street Case” organized by the Society for Park Street Rejuvenation, Kolkata and held in Oxford Bookstore at Park Street, Kolkata on January 3-4, 2009. Invited lecture on “Navi Mumbai: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Model” by the Department of Planning, Geography and International Development, University of Amsterdam and the Foundation for Lectures on Intensive and Multiple Land Use delivered on November 16, 2007, in Amsterdam. ‘The Many Faces of Urbanisation in India’ a talk given in the Department of Geography, Loughborough University, U.K., 16 May 2006. “Planning for Whom? The Making of Navi Mumbai” a talk given at the Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, USA on 10 September 2001. Invited lecture “Labour and Entrepreneurship in Small Garages of Calcutta.” Presented at the Centre for Urban Economic Studies, Dept. of Economics, University of Calcutta, June 3,1998. “Economic Liberalization and Metropolitan Restructuring in India.” Presented, as Fulbright Visiting Scholar, at the Departments of Geography at San Diego State University, University of Georgia, Athens and University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado on September, October and November respectively during the fall of 1997 while I was a Visiting Fulbright Lecturer at Arizona State University.
Books: Trends and Issues in Housing in Asia: Coming of an Age (edited with Urmi Sengupta). U.K.: Routledge, 2017. Essays in Sustainability and Management: Emerging Perspectives (edited with Runa Sarkar). Singapore: Springer, 2017. Indian Cities. OUP Short Book Series, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012. Indian Cities in Transition. (Edited). Chennai: Orient Longman, 2007. xxi + 500 pp. The Making of Navi Mumbai. New Delhi: Orient Longman, 2004. xv + 295 pp. Chapters in Edited Books: (Forthcoming) “Suburbanization in Asia: A Focus on India”. Chapter for the edited book The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs edited by Bernadette Hanlon and Thomas Vincio, Routledge: USA. (Forthcoming, 2017) “Towards Sustainable Cities in India.” in Sustainable Urbanization in India: Challenges and Opportunities, Edited by Jenia Mukherjee, Springer: India (Exploring Urban Change in South Asia series). “Metropolitan Governance and Social Inequality in India” In Inequality and Governance in the Metropolis: Place Equality Regimes and Fiscal Choices in Eleven Countries edited by Jefferey M. Sellers, Marta Arretche, Daniel Kubler and Eran Razin, Palgrave Macmillan: UK, 57-76, 2017. “The Informal Sector in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area: Appraisal and Prospects for Local Economic Development” In Dutt, Ashok, K, Allen G. Noble, Frank J. Costa, Sudhir Thakur and Rajiv Thakur (Eds.) Spatial Diversity and Dynamics in Resources and Urban Development, (Vol- II), pp. 499-516, Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht, 2016 “Emerging perspectives on Small Cities and Towns in India” In Small Towns and Cities in Global Era: Emerging Changes and Perspectives edited by R.N. Sharma and R. S. Sandhu, pp 36-53, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2013. “High Tech Development in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area: Locational Dynamics and Impacts.” In Dynamics of High-Tech Urban Spaces: Asian European Perspectives edited by Sheila Prasad, A.C.M Van Westen and C. Ramachandraiah, 367-393. New Delhi: Manohar Publications, 2008. “Decentralisation and Participation in Urban India: Women Community Workers in a Small Town of West Bengal.” In Colonial and Post-Colonial Geographies of India. Edited by S. Raju, M. Satish Kumar and S. Corbridge, pp. 241-260. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2006. “Urban Growth, Basic Amenities and Waste Management in India.” In Challenge of Sustainable Development: The Indian Dynamics. Edited by Ramprasad Sengupta and Anup Sinha, 298-338. Manak Publications: New Delhi. 2003.
Sustainable cities, economic development, informal economy