The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Urmi Sengupta


Professional Qualifications

Since 2000 my work has focused on broad area of land and housing studies in South Asia. The research has taken several interrelated sub-forms such as public housing, squatter housing, public private partnership and state-led land development, use of urban indicators for performance evaluation. My research papers have been widely cited in different academic syllabus (For instance, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) and national (Government of Nepal) and United Nations publications; and discussed in blogs. Recognition to the impact of my research in wider policy formulation came as an invitation from UNHabitat to join their Urban Development panel of experts for developing countries and subsequently, invitation for contribution in the special issue of Habitat International on Self-Help Housing. The special issue was launched in the World Urban Forum, 2010 in Rio.
I am also a consultant adviser in Bievenue research Centre- a non governmental research body based in Kathmandu ( established in 1983)


Selected citation list:

Housing for all in Kolkata - promises, promises;
http://www.nowpublic.com/environment/housing-all-kolkata-promises-promises

UNHabitat, 2011, Nepal Urban Housing Sector Profile 2011, UNHabitat, Nairobi

UNHabitat, 2011, Affordable Land and Housing in Asia Volume 2, UNHabitat, Nairobi

Tibaijuka, Anna K, 2009, Building prosperity: the centrality of housing in economic development, UNHabitat

Government of Nepal, 2010, Safer and Affordable Housing for Urban Poor: A case for Kathmandu Valley, Government of Nepal, Kathmandu.