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Dr Ratoola Kundu

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Urban Policy and Governance , School of Habitat Studies

B.A. (Presidency College , Kolkata University),
M.A. (Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University),
M.Planning (IIP, Delhi University),
Ph.D. (University of Illinois Chicago, USA)

Ph.D. Urban Planning and Policy, 2010 College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Dissertation topic: “Examining Gray Areas of Urban Development: the Role of Formal- Informal Nexus in peri-urban development of Kolkata, India

Masters in Urban Planning, 2003,School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India

Masters Topic: “ A Social Impact Assessment of the Resettlement of Canal-bank Squatter Settlements in Kolkata, India”

M.A.  in Sociology, 2001, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, India

B.A. in Sociology, 1999, Presidency College, Calcutta University, India

Urban informality, urban theory, political economy of  urban restructuring, urban contestations and politics over land, housing and participation in planning, sustainable and accessible urban transportation, informal urban livelihoods and claims to the city, new towns and the politics of planning and development of urban peripheries

Kundu R. Inserting Local Agendas in the planning of New Town Rajarhat, in Mega-Urbanization in the Global South: Fast Cities and New Urban Utopias of the Postcolonial State, Routledge, Forthcoming 

Kundu R and Sahu G, Selective Inclusions and Exclusions: Land use
Planning and Development in Ratnagiri, Review of Urban Affairs, EPW,
XLIX Vol. 48, Nov 29 2014 

Gaffikin, Perry, and Kundu, “The City and its Politics: Informal and Contested” in D. Judd and Dick Simpson edited “The City Revisited: Critical Perspectives from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York .Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011


From 2015 onwards, research on the experience of women in commuting by the Mumbai Suburban Railway netwrok as part of a project called Engendering the Mumbai Suburban Railway Network, funded by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation. The project seeks to enhance accessibility and mobility for women by identifing issues with the train services, design of stations, location, intermodal linkages etc with a special focus on enhancing safety and security.

From 2013 onwards, researching on redevelopment and livelihood threats in Kamathipura as part of an IDRC funded project, People Places and Infrastructure: Countering Urban Violence and Promoting Spatial Justice in Mumbai, Durban and Rio

From 2013 onwards, part of a research collaboration project, Impact of Infrastructurcture and Governance Transformtions of JNNURM in Small, Medium and Large Cities, funded by ICSSR. My research is on the town of Puri, focusing on the BSUP and affordable housing provision as part of the JNNURM package.

From 2011 to 2013, acting as Chief Research Project Coordinator of Ford Foundation project on Urban India Reforms Facility – II, Building on the Foundations. Involved in research on planning and economic development potential of a small coastal town in Maharashtra, by looking specifically at the tradeoffs between investing in real estate and construction activity, especially for the sake of tourism and the lives and livelihoods of marginalized communities such as fishermen in the coastal areas. As part of the policy angle, examined the town planning scheme instrument, the CRZ policy and its impacts on the town as well as made an in depth study of amendments on DCR as part of the DP planning process.

I teach Habitat Planning Theory and Practice and Urban Transportation Planning, Policies and Practice.

I co-teach the Urban Studio, Research Design Seminar and the Winter Institute.

Email: ratoola[at]tiss[dot]edu