BA (Geography), University of Calicut, Kerala, India (1992-1995),
MSc (Applied Geography) Department of Geography, University of Madras, Chennai, India (1995-1997),
MTech (Urban & Regional Planning) School of Planning, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (1997-1999),
Diploma in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, University of Wales, Bangor, UK (2006)
Room 0G 034A, Elmwood Building
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 3372
Land as a Critical Ecological Resource for Sustainable Cities: A Case of Chennai, India
My study is on the historical development of Chennai and how land becomes a critical ecological resource for sustainable development. It aims at examining how far Chennai city is ecologically responsive with respect to land use and analyse the existing ecological conflicts in the city region with special reference to urban fringe area. The study is expected to produce a community based data base indicating the level of ecological stress in selected communities in the Chennai Metropolitan area and suggest ecologically sound land-use plans for them.
Member of Technical teams in State/Central Pollution Control Board (India) that prepared Industrial Estate Plan for Bina, Zoning Atlas for Siting of Industries for Bhopal, Raisen and Dhar District in the state of Madhya Pradesh (India).
Member of the Technical team that prepared Environmental Management Plans for Indore city, Taj Trapezium Zone, Firozabad city. Also worked on Urban Environmental Information System for Agra city and Environmental Management Plans for Korba Coal Mining Area, Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve (Technical Government Reports)
Member of the team prepared the Proceedings of MUNICIPALIKA (5th International Conference on Sustainable Cities and Good Urban Governance, Mumbai (31 Jan to 2 Feb) 2008
Institutions/Agencies worked with:
Madhya Pradesh State Pollution Control Board/Central Pollution Control Board (1999-2003) as Planner, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India/German Technical Cooperation (2003-2007) as Indian/Programme Coordinator of Indo-German Environment Programme, Akruti Centre for Real Estate Studies, Mumbai as Associate Professor (May-October 2007), Good Governance India Foundation as Associate Coordinator, MUNICIAPALIA-2008, Mumbai (Nov 2007-Feb 2008)
Eco-City project in 6 Indian cities, Eco-Campus Development of Manipal University, Cooperation between UNIDO and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India for implementing Eco-Business Programme of Vienna in Indian Eco-Cities, Chanderi Eco-City by INTACH (initial planning), Cooperation between Brookhavan National Laboratory, Department of Energy, US and MoEF, India for integrating energy planning to Indian Eco-Cities (initial planning), Human Resources Development Programme jointly funded by GTZ and InWEnt (Germany) for training and capacity building for local authorities, industrial development authorities, training institutions in India.
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Photography, movies and elementary level Philately….also a disciple of Sadguru Yoga Ashramam and member of The Cloud Appreciation Society