On behalf of the Center for South Asia Studies, at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, we are very pleased to invite you to a 2-day conference on urbanization in India titled:

The 21st Century Indian City:
Towns, Metros, and the Indian Economy

to be held on March 26-27, 2013
in the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, India.

The "urban" economy plays an increasingly vital role in India's economic development. This workshop/conference seeks to address many critical questions relating to the effective and equitable functioning of the economy of Indian towns, cities and metros. We expect to analyze real estate markets, agglomeration economies, new modes of urbanization and structural problems of urban governance. Discussions will focus on ways to help promote sound policies for a developed urban infrastructure, growth in job creation, increased access to affordable housing, developing transparent mechanisms of governance, generating new sources of urban finance, and constructing viable social welfare systems for the urban poor.

While the focus of this third Berkeley conference on Indian cities is on economic issues, we encourage speakers and participants to address, if they so desire, the sorts of social and political issues that need to be considered as we seek to make Indian towns, cities and metros vibrant, both in the economic, as well as social spheres.

Conference Participants

University of California at Berkeley
  • Ashok Bardhan (Real Estate & Urban Economics)
  • Pranab Bardhan (Economics)
  • Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology)
  • Raka Ray (Sociology)
  • Ananya Roy (City & Regional Planning and Global Metropolitan Studies)
Indian Institute for Human Settlements
  • Gautam Bhan (Sr. Consultant - Curriculum Development and Policy and Advisory Service)
  • Aromar Revi (Director)
  • Somnath Sen (Sr. Advisor - IIHS Practice Programme)
Other Institutions
  • Prakash Belwadi (Journalist & Theatre Personality)
  • Anand Bhal (Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India)
  • Shrayana Bhattacharya (World Bank)
  • Amitabh Kundu (Centre for the Study of Regional Development)
  • Debolina Kundu (National Institute of Urban Affairs)
  • Hrushikesh Mallick (Centre for Development Studies)
  • Om Mathur (National Institute of Urban Affairs
  • Partha Mukhopadhyay (Center for Policy Research)
  • Rohini Nilekani (Arghyam)
  • Venky Panchapagesan (IIM, Bangalore)
  • Narendar Pani (National Institute of Advanced Studies)
  • K. V. Ramaswamy (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)
  • Raghu Rama Swamy, the Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Limited (iDeCK)
  • A. Ravindra (CM’s Office, Urban Affairs, Karnataka)
  • Kala Seetharam Sridhar (Public Affairs Centre)
  • Kalpana Sharma (Journalist)
  • KC Sivaramakrishnan (Centre for Policy Research)
  • Smita Srinivas (Columbia University)
  • S. Sriraman (University of Mumbai)
  • Carol Upadhya (National Institute of Advanced Studies)
  • Liza Weinstein (Northeastern University)


Center for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley

The Center for South Asia Studies (CSAS) supports teaching, research, and outreach activities relating to South Asia at UC Berkeley. The only US Department of Education-funded National Resource Center for South Asia in California, CSAS is committed to enhancing knowledge of the region among students, academics, and the public at large. UC Berkeley has been a premier site for the study of South Asia in general, and India in particular, for the past century (Sanskrit courses date back to 1906). With over 40 faculty members conducting research in the area of South Asia studies, Berkeley offers 85 to 120 courses with significant India content every semester, and instruction in over six Indian languages. The University of California, Berkeley, is recognized as one of the top universities in the United States and was recently ranked as the second greatest university in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement.

Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. IIHS is India’s first prospective independently funded and managed inter-disciplinary National University for Research and Innovation that focuses on its ongoing urban and development transformation. It is a first-of-its-kind, practice and innovation-oriented knowledge institution that seeks to bridge the conventional excellence, scale and inclusion divide.