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Kala Seetharam Sridhar

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Professor and Head, Centre for Research in Urban Affairs (CRUA)

Area of Specialisation
  • Urban and regional economics and policies
  • State and local finances
  • Infrastructure and Developmental issues

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Academic Qualification
  • Ph.D. (Public Policy & Management), The Ohio State University, 1998

  • M.S. (Urban & Regional Planning), The University of Iowa, 1993

  • M.A. (Economics), The University of Mysore, 1990

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

  1. Anilkumar Vaddiraju, S.N.Sangita and Kala S Sridhar (Editors). Urban governance in Karnataka and Bengaluru: Global changes and local impacts, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/urban-governance-in-karnataka-and-bengaluru.

  2. Paul, Samuel and Kala S Sridhar. The paradox of India’s north south divide: Lessons from the states and regions, New Delhi: Sage, 2015. (Date of book release: June 2, 2015, Bangalore).
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbSpu6e-TNI .

Reviews:
· Mint (Editorial), May 12, 2016 http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/GGMQFv1iFGJiKMzPZWWVLN/Why- Tamil-Nadus-freebie-culture-works.html

· Arthaniti (University of Calcutta, Department of Economics journal), 14 (1-2) 2015,pp.116-119  (Reviewer: Mahalaya Chatterjee)

· The Book Review, December 2015 (Reviewer: Kham Khan Suan Hausing)

· esocialsciences, September 2015 https://www.facebook.com/eSocialSciences/photos/a.228668323881926.55424. 140565782692181 /898843413531077/?type=1

· Civil Society, August 2015

· The Telegraph, February 18, 2015
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150218/jsp/opinion/story_3922.jsp#.VOPbrYaXerU

·  http://thewire.in/2015/06/02/population-growth-the-key-to-why-southern-states-are-richer-than-others/

3.    Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Guanghua Wan (Editors). Urbanization in Asia: Governance, infrastructure and the environment, New Delhi: Springer, 2014.

4.     Paul, Samuel, Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, A.Venugopala Reddy and Pavan Srinath. The state of our cities: Evidence from Karnataka, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
http://www.oup.co.in/product/academic-general/economics/development-economic/551/the-state-our-cities-evidence-from-karnataka/9780198080381

Reviews:

· Down to Earth, August 31, 2014

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/city-scan

· Vikalpa, 38 (1), January-March 2013: 140-42 (Reviewer: M.S.Sriram)

5.     Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.VenugopalaReddy. State of urban services in India’s cities: Spending and financing, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010.http://www.oup.co.in/search_detail.php?id=145505

Reviews:

· Vikalpa, 36 (2), April-June 2011: 143-44 (Reviewers: Prem Pangotra and Abha Sharma)

· The Hindu, August 28, 2010

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/books/article593661.ece; or

http://www.hindu.com/pp/2010/08/28/stories/2010082850360300.htm

·The Hindu, September 21, 2010

http://www.hindu.com/br/2010/09/21/stories/2010092151851500.htm

6. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Om Prakash Mathur. Costs and challenges of local urban services: Evidence from India’s cities, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009. (http://www.oup.co.in/search_detail.php?id=145126)

Reviews:

·Review of Regional Studies, 40 (2) 2010: 237-238 (Reviewer: Michael C.Farmer)

·IIMB Management Review (Elsevier),22 (4)December 2010:199-200 (Reviewer: Indu Rayadurgam)

·Environment and Urbanization ASIA (Sage)1 (2) 2010: 227-229 (Reviewers: Chetan Vaidya and Satmohini Srivastava)

·Urban India, 30 (1) January-June 2010 (Reviewers: Chetan Vaidya and Poornima Singh)

·The Statesman, January 3, 2010

http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=30&theme=&usrsess=1&id=280060

·Financial Express, October 25, 2009

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/life-at-urban-margins/532792/

·Down to Earth, October 1-15, 2009

http://downtoearth.org.in/full6.asp?foldername=20091015&filename=news&sec_id=15&sid=37

·Business World, Oct 19, 2009

http://www.businessworld.in/bw/2009_10_12_Housekeeping_Indian_Cities.html

·Hindu Business Line, Oct 3, 2009 http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/10/03/stories/2009100350080700.htm

·ASCI (Administrative Staff College of India) Journal of Management, September 2009 (Reviewer: Srinivas Chary Vedala)

7. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Incentives for regional development: Competition among sub-national governments, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

·  Review: Hindu Business Line, Oct 06, 2005

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2005/10/06/stories/2005100600180900.htm]

Monographs

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, S. Manasi and K.C. Smitha (2017), Jobs, Commute, and Public Services in Bengaluru: A Pilot Study from Nagarabhavi, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Monograph, August.

Recent Chapters in Edited Books

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and K.C.Smitha. The geography of economic migrants: Characteristics and location in Bengaluru, India Migration Report 2017 (eds, Irudaya Rajan), Routledge, forthcoming.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2017) “The Impact of Land Use Regulations on Supply of Land: The case of India's Cities" in Land Economics; Issues and Challenges, Shashanka Bhide and Devendra B Gupta (ed.), Academic Foundation, New Delhi.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Bangalore’s Restructuring: For Better or For Worse? in Anilkumar Vaddiraju, S.N. Sangita and Kala S Sridhar (Editors). Urban governance in Karnataka and Bengaluru: Global changes and local impacts, (eds., Anilkumar Vaddiraju, S.N. Sangita and Kala S Sridhar). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2016).

  • Anilkumar Vaddiraju, and Kala S. Sridhar, Introduction, in Anilkumar Vaddiraju, S.N. Sangita and Kala S Sridhar (Editors). Urban governance in Karnataka and Bengaluru: Global changes and local impacts (eds., Anilkumar Vaddiraju, S.N. Sangita and Kala S Sridhar). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2016).

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Economic impacts of climate change in India’s cities, in Climate Change Challenge (3C) and Social-Economic-Ecological Interface Building, Sunil Nautiyal et al (eds), New Delhi, Springer, 2016.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.V.Reddy. Contribution of the Urban Poor: A Pilot Study from Bengaluru, India, in Inclusive Urban Planning: State of the Urban Poor Report 2013, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.V.Reddy. “Central and state urban infrastructure programs in Karnataka: What do we learn?” in Urbanization in Asia: Governance, Infrastructure and the Environment (eds., Kala S Sridhar and Guanghua Wan), New Delhi: Springer, 2014.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Nivedita Kashyap. “Benchmarking cities: Evidence from India,” in Urbanization in Asia: Governance, Infrastructure and the Environment (eds., Kala S Sridhar and Guanghua Wan), New Delhi: Springer, 2014.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Shuzhong Gu and Shujie Yao. “Land Sales as a Public Financing Tool in China and India,” in China’s Development and Harmonization, (eds., Bin Wu, Shujie Yao and Jian Chen), Routledge, 2013.

  • Srinath, P and Kala S Sridhar, Program implementation and effectiveness: The case of an urban poverty alleviation program, in Conference proceedings of the Seventh Annual International Conference on Public Policy and Management: Select Papers, pp.240-258, Indian Institute of Management: Bangalore, 2012.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Om Prakash Mathur. “Pricing Urban Water: A marginal cost approach,” in India Infrastructure Report2011:Water: Policy and Performance for Sustainable Development, (eds., 3iNetwork),pp.351-359,Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2011.

  • Sridhar, V. and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. “Are Cities in India Digital Yet? Some Evidence,” in Stakeholder Adoption of E-Government Services: Driving and Resisting Factors (eds.,Mahmud Akhter Shareef, Vinod Kumar, Uma Kumar and Yogesh K. Dwivedi), pp.87-102, IGI Global: Hershey, PA, USA, 2011.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.Venugopala Reddy. “Reasons for rural-urban migration: Recent evidences from Bangalore,” in India Migration Report 2011: Migration, Identity and Conflict (ed., S.Irudaya Rajan), pp.125-143,Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group): New Delhi, 2011.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Guanghua Wan.Firm Location Choice in Cities: Evidence from China and India,” in The Rise of China and India: Impacts, Prospects and Implications, (eds.,Amelia U. Santos-Paulino and Guanghua Wan), pp.203-219, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2010.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. “Carbon Emissions, Climate Change and Impacts in India’s Cities,” in India Infrastructure Report2010: Infrastructure Development in a Sustainable Low Carbon Economy: Road Ahead for India, (eds., 3iNetwork),pp.345-354,Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2010.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. “Location Choice of Firms in Cities of India and China,” in Footprints of Development and Change, (eds., N.Jayaram and R.S.Deshpande), pp.519-557, Academic Foundation: New Delhi, 2008.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“Cities with Suburbs,” in Land and Urban Policies for Poverty Reduction, (eds., Mila Freire, Ricardo Lima, Dean Cira, Bruce Ferguson, Christine Kessides, José AroudoMota, Diana Motta), pp.329-355, World Bank and IPEA: Brasilia, DF, 2007.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“Rural Decentralization: Fiscal Maladies” in India Infrastructure Report 2007: Rural Infrastructure (ed.,3i Network), pp.38, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“Cities” inOxford Companion to Economics in India (ed., KaushikBasu), pp. 60-62, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007. Revised, in The New Oxford Companion to Economics in India,(ed., KaushikBasu),2011.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“Institutional Arrangements for Land Use in Ludhiana, Punjab,” in India Infrastructure Report 2006: Urban Infrastructure (ed.,3i Network), pp. 73, New Delhi: OxfordUniversity Press, 2006.

  • V.Sridhar and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“E-Commerce Infrastructure and Economic Impacts in Developing Countries: Case of India,” in Electronic Business in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges (ed.,S.Kamel), pp.63-87, Hershey, PA: Idea Group, 2005.
    Reprinted in
    Global Information Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (ed., Felix Tan), pp.1499-1519, Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), 2008.

  •  Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“Approaches to Urbanization in India: Theory, Policy and Challenges,” in Urban Development Debates in the New Millennium: Studies in Revisited Theories & Redefined Praxes (Vol.1), (ed.,K.R. Gupta), pp.201-212, New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2004.

Recent Letters, Comments and Responses

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Growth boundaries of Bengaluru (Letter regarding Analysing Urban Growth Boundary Effects on the City of Bengaluru" (EPW, 29 November 2014)), Economic and Political Weekly 49 (52) (December 27, 2014):4.

  • Brueckner, Jan and Kala S Sridhar. Response to Patel: In Defense of Relaxed FSI Limits, Economic and Political Weekly, 48 (39) September 28 - Oct 5, 2013: 82.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Letter regarding “Should Mumbai learn from Shanghai?” by Yasheng Huang, Economic and Political Weekly, 43 (37) September 13 - September 19, 2008.

Recent Journal Articles

  1.  Holian, Matthew and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2017). The role of road infrastructure and air pollution in the recent suburbanization of India's cities: An exploration, Environment and Urbanization Asia 8 (2): 151-169.

  2. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Economic change and specialization in India’s cities, Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, 29 (1), (March 2017): 63-87.

  3. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Narayanan, Priya (2016). Suburbanization of India’s cities: What is the evidence from Gulbarga? Environment and Urbanization Asia (Sage), 7(1): 93-112.

  4. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.V.Reddy (2016) India’s Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: Has it Reduced Poverty in Chitradurga District of Karnataka? Management and Labor Studies (Sage), 40(3&4): 1–19.

  5. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Solid waste management in Asia-Pacific: What explains its coverage? Public Works Management and Policy (Sage), 21 (1) (January 2016): 53-70.

  6. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Is urban poverty more challenging than rural poverty? A review, Environment and Urbanization Asia (Sage), 6 (2) (September 2015): 1-14.

  7. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.V.Reddy. Contribution of the urban poor: Evidence from Chennai, India, Asia Pacific Development Journal (UNESCAP), 21 (2) (December 2014): 53-76.

  8. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. The efficiency of India’s cities: Is there a case to finance them? International Journal of Applied Behavioral Economics,3(1) January-March (2014): 51-65.

  9. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, A.V.Reddy and PavanSrinath. Is it push or pull? Recent evidence from migration into Bangalore, India, Journal of International Migration and Integration (Springer),14 (2) (2013): 287-306.

  10. Brueckner, Jan and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Measuring welfare gains from relaxation of land-use restrictions: The case of India's building-height limits, Regional Science and Urban Economics (Special issue in honor of Jacques Thisse), 42 (6) (2012): 1061-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2012.08.003

  11. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Addendum to Determinants of city growth and output in India. Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, 23 (2-3) (July/November 2011): 162-165.

  12. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.Venugopala Reddy.Investment and economic opportunities: Urbanization, infrastructure and governance in the north and south of India, Asia Pacific Development Journal (UNESCAP), 18 (1) June 2011: 1-46.

  13. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. “Impact of Land Use Regulations: Evidence from India’s Cities,” Urban Studies, 47 (7) June 2010: 1541–1569.

  14. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Guanghua Wan. Firm location choice in cities: Evidence from China, India, and Brazil,China Economic Review, 21 (2010): 113–122.

  15. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Solid waste management in Asia-Pacific: What explains its coverage? Public Works Management and Policy (Sage), forthcoming.

  16. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and V.Sridhar. “Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Growth: Evidence from Developing Countries,” Applied Econometrics and International Development,7 (2) (2007): 37-56.

  1. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, A.V.Reddy and Pavan Srinath. Is it push or pull? Recent evidence from migration into Bangalore, India, Journal of International Migration and Integration (Springer), 14 (2) (2013): 287-306.

  2. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Surender Kumar. India’s urban environmental challenges: Land use, solid waste and sanitation, Yojana (Journal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India), 57 (June 2013): 30-34.

  3. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Surender Kumar. “India’s Urban Environment: Air/Water Pollution and Pollution Abatement,” Economic and Political Weekly 48, 22 (6) (February 9, 2013): 22-25.

  4. Brueckner, Jan and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Measuring welfare gains from relaxation of land-use restrictions: The case of India's building-height limits, Regional Science and Urban Economics (Special issue in honor of Jacques Thisse), 42 (6) (2012): 1061-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2012.08.003

  5. Brueckner, Jan and Kala S Sridhar. Response to Patel: In Defense of Relaxed FSI Limits, Economic and Political Weekly, 48 (39) September 28 - Oct 5, 2013: 82.

  6. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Addendum to Determinants of city growth and output in India. Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, 23 (2-3) (July/November 2011): 162-165.

  7. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.Venugopala Reddy. Investment and economic opportunities: Urbanization, infrastructure and governance in the north and south of India, Asia Pacific Development Journal (UNESCAP), 18 (1) June 2011: 1-46.

  8. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. “Impact of Land Use Regulations: Evidence from India’s Cities,” Urban Studies, 47 (7) June 2010: 1541–1569.

  9. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Guanghua Wan. Firm location choice in cities: Evidence from China, India, and Brazil, China Economic Review, 21 (2010): 113–122.

  10. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Determinants of city growth and output in India. Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, 22 (1), March 2010: 22-38.

Recent Working Papers

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2017). How to identify specialization? The case of India’s Cities, Asian Development Bank Institute Working Paper 782, Tokyo: ADBI.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2016). Costs and benefits of urbanization: The Indian case, Asian Development Bank Institute Working Paper 607, Tokyo, Japan: ADBI.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Reddy, A. Venugopala (2015) India’s Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: Has it Reduced Poverty in Chitradurga District of Karnataka? Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore Working Paper 206, July. Singapore: ISAS, NUS

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Reddy, A. Venugopala (2013). Contribution of the Urban Poor: A Pilot Study from Chennai, India, SANEI Working Paper Series No. 13-01, South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes, Dhaka, December.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.Venugopala Reddy (2013). India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS): Has it impacted poverty? Public Affairs Centre Working Paper 1, July.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. The efficiency of states and cities: Is there a case for public land leasing and sales to finance India’s cities? United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Working Paper No.2011/54. Can be downloaded from
    http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/working-papers/2011/en_GB/wider-working-papers-2011/?startAt=51&sortField=1&sortDir=asc

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.Venugopala Reddy. Investment and Economic Opportunities: Urbanization, Infrastructure and Governance in the North and South of India, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore Working Paper 92, October 2009, can be downloaded from http://www.isas.nus.edu.sg/

Recent presentation of papers for Conferences/Workshops/Seminars/Lectures/Others

International

  1. Sridhar, Kala S. Is Bangalore inclusive? Access to and net benefits from jobs, EU-India Dialogue on Smart Cities, European Union, German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA), BayIND (Bavarian-Indian Centre), Observer Research Foundation, and School of Planning and Architecture, Bangalore, October 13, 2017.

  2. Sridhar, Kala S. Urbanization and carbon emissions in India and China, Sixth China-India Forum: Indo China Conference on Trade, Economic Development and Poverty Reduction, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China, September 13-14, 2017.

  3. Holian, Matthew and Kala S Sridhar. The role of road infrastructure and air pollution in the recent suburbanization of India's cities: An exploration, International Seminar on Change and Mobility in Contemporary India: Thinking M N Srinivas Today, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, 29-30 August 2017

  4. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Winners and losers: Who should cities work for? The case of Indian cities, Going Global 2017, British Council, London, United Kingdom, May 23, 2017

  5. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. The Effect of Urban Land Use Regulations: The Case of Selected Indian Cities, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom, May 22, 2017

  6. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Costs and benefits of urbanization: The Indian case, Workshop on Urbanization in Asia: A Comparative Study of the People’s Republic of China and India, Asian Development Bank Institute and the University of Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 5-6, 2017.

  7. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. The paradox of India’s north south divide: Lessons from the southern region, Eleventh International Conference on Public Policy & Management, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, August 9, 2016.

  8. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. How to identify specialization? The case of India’s cities, Workshop on Urbanization and Infrastructure in Asia, Asian Development Bank Institute and Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China, June 16, 2016.

  9. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Urban Land Use Policies: The Case of Indian Cities, Tenth ISAS International Conference on Politics and Economics of Land in South Asia, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, October 29-30, 2015

  10. Sridhar, Kala S. Modeling Carbon Emissions in India’s Cities, International Conference on Climate Change and Social-Ecological-Economical Interface-Building: Modeling Approach to Exploring Potential Adaptation Strategies for Bio-resource Conservation and Livelihood Development, Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, May 20-21, 2015.

  11. Sridhar, Kala S. Inclusive growth in India: Inter or intra regional disparities, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, May 11, 2015 (http://www.isas.nus.edu.sg/EventsByCategory.aspx?CATID=8693320c-af15-4193 -9654-f9c6c438751d#).

  12. Sridhar, Kala S. “Economic impacts of climate change in India’s cities,” International Seminar on Climate Change and Food Security: The Global and Indian Contexts, ISEC and the University of Sydney, Bangalore, February 18, 2015

  13. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, “Indian urbanization: Benefits and costs, ADB Workshop on Comparative Study on Urbanization in PRC and India, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China, September 20, 2014.

  14. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.What is more challenging: Urban or rural poverty? ADB Workshop on Untold Side of the Asian Poverty Reduction Story, Manila, Philippines, March 10-11, 2014.

National

  1. Sridhar, Kala S. Can the Climate Change Effects of Urbanization be Mitigated with Better Policies? Seminar on Urbanization and Climate Change, IGNA (Indo German Nachkontakt Association), NGRI, Hyderabad, Oct 9, 2017.

  2. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, S. Manasi and K.C. Smitha. Will Bengaluru become smart or livable? Presentation to the ICSSR Advisory Committee, ISEC, Bengaluru, May 12, 2017

  3. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Economic specialization of India’s cities. Innovative Cities India Summit 2017, Traicon, Bengaluru, March 16-17, 2017.

  4. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Ming Lu and Zhao Chen. Costs and Benefits of Urbanization: The Indian Case and Lessons from China, Conference on India, China and the New World Order: Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Dimensions, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, November 21-22, 2016.

  5. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (Keynote talk). Urban observatories: Opportunities for India. Research Councils UK-India Joint Network on Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation in India, Kickoff Workshop, New Delhi, September 26, 2016.

  6. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Migration. MGNREGS and the urban poor: What do they imply for India’s youth? National Seminar on Sustainable Development Goals for Revitalizing India- Prospects and Challenges for the Youth, Department of Economics, University Grants Commission and Jyoti Nivas College, Bengaluru, August 9, 2016.

  7. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Bengaluru’s urban form and evolution: Theory and empirical evidence, Seminar on Planning city-regions in India, Regional Studies Association-National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, June 20, 2016.

  8. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. The Urban Transport Governance Initiative (TGI) Toolkit: The Pilot from Bengaluru, Annual conference on Sustainable Cities and Transport (Connect Karo), World Resources Institute, New Delhi, April 7, 2016.

  9. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. The potential of land leasing and sales in India’s cities, Presentation to the Fourth Karnataka State Finance Commission, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, March 9, 2016.

  10. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Social infrastructure in Indian cities, regions and their impacts, National Seminar on Dynamics of Social Infrastructure in India - Emerging issues, prospects and challenges, University Grants Commission and Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, February 24, 2016.

  11. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Don’t we like our cities to be open defecation free? Panel on Participatory approaches to urban sanitation, National Summit on Sustainable Water and Sanitation (NSSWS), CDD society, Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS) and Nispana Innovative Platforms, Bengaluru, January 8, 2016.

  12. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. State of women in urban India, World Congress on Women (Theme and session: Gender Empowerment), Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women, Bengaluru, November 18-20, 2015.

  13. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Public services, finances, land use regulations and competitiveness: The case of Mangaluru, 2nd Edition of Sustainable Smart Cities India Conference, Mangalore, November 16-17, 2015

  14. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Urban poverty to inclusive prosperity: Evidence from research, Urban Thinkers Campus-India, Research Council of UK and National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, October 6, 2015

  15. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Suburbanization of Bengaluru and other Indian cities: What do we know? Conference on Contemporary Issues and Trends in Urban Transformation, Department of Cultural Studies, Jain University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bengaluru, September 12, 2015

  16. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, S. Manasi and K.C. Smitha. Bangalore city surveys-2: A pilot study, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, July 13, 2015.

  17. Sridhar, Kala S. Social science research on Indian cities, Joint Consultation on Urban Research Landscape in India, Joint Research Council of UK and National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, May 15, 2015

  18. Sridhar, Kala S. The recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission: What does it hold for the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)? (Invited), Symposium on the 'Recommendations of the Fourteenth Finance Commission,' Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, April 28, 2015.

  19. Sridhar, Kala S. “Regional Policies and Inclusive Growth,” ICSSR National Seminar on Sustainable regional development in India-challenges and opportunities, R. A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, January 10, 2015.

  20. Sridhar, Kala S. Reservation wages and net benefits from jobs: The case of India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Seminar, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, December 8, 2014.

  21. Sridhar, Kala S. Use of Census data on work status in urban and regional research, Census Data Dissemination workshop, Registrar General of India, Directorate of Census Operations, Karnataka and Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, December 1, 2014.

  22. Sridhar, Kala S. What do we learn from the Bangalore city surveys-2: Preliminary findings, Presentation to ISEC’s Board of Governors, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, November 24, 2014.

  23. Sridhar, Kala S. Land use, building regulations and their impacts: Local, national and international evidence, Workshop on Urban governance, State Institute of Urban Development, Administrative Training Institute, Government of Karnataka, Mysore, November 22, 2014

  24. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Achieving Inclusive Urban prosperity: Policy perspectives, Sustainable Chennai Forum on Inclusive Urban Prosperity, Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chennai, November 10, 2014

  25. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Urban Governance in India: The State of Public Services and Fiscal Health, Cities for all: 11th Metropolis World Congress, Session on Urban Governance, Centre for Good Governance, and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Hyderabad, October 9, 2014.

  26. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, “India’s MGNREGS: Has it impacted poverty?” Workshop on ‘Interrogating Rural-Urban Transitions: Dominant and Alternative Conceptualizations,’ Centre for Rural Urban Dynamics (CRUD), IRMA, and Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), IRMA, Anand, August 28, 2014

  27. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.Challenges of urban services and governance in Bangalore, Workshop on systems thinking and adaptive governance: the context of urban flooding and water stress in Bangalore, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Asian Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Bangalore, April 24, 2014.

Recent Articles in Newspapers/Magazines/Television and Radio Interviews
  1. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Sridhar, V. Digits before going digital, The Economic Times (www.economictimes.com), August 19, 2017

  2. Sridhar, V. and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Give us your huddled young sparks, The Economic Times, July 8, 2017

  3. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Budget offers initiatives, but fails to address Bengaluru's larger issues (invited), Times of India (http://timesofindia.indiatimes. com/), March 18, 2017

  4. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Quoted in the Times of India, regarding the commercialization of Bengaluru’s residential neighborhoods, March 7, 2017

  5. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Quoted in the New Indian Express, regarding the calling off of Bengaluru’s steel flyover project, March 4, 2017
    (
    http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2017/mar/04/a-look-beyond-the-bridge-1577404.html)

  6. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Our cities made boondocks, The Economic Times, February 4, 2017 (www.economictimes.com)

  7. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Quoted in Times of India (Bangalore edition) (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/), regarding mandatory segregation of waste at source by the BBMP, February 1, 2017

  8. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Quoted in Times of India (Bangalore edition), regarding the global ranking of Bengaluru, January 19, 2017

  9. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Comeback kids on the block, The Economic Times, January 14, 2017

  10. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, An actor in TN’s success, The Economic Times, December 8, 2016

  11. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Only citizens make a city, The Economic Times, August 11, 2016 (www.economictimes.com)

  12. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, The Paradox of India’s north-south divide: Governance, public services and efficiency, Fountain Ink Magazine (upon invitation), 5 (8): (June 2016) 17-26.

  13. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Quoted in Business Standard (Bangalore edition), April 20, 2016 (http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/centre-aborts-pf-curbs-after-workers-rage-116041901021_1.html)

  14. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Quoted in Times of India (Delhi edition), April 8, 2016 (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Involve-public-at-project-level-Experts/articleshow/51734784.cms)

  15. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Quoted in Times of India (Bangalore edition) regarding study on Annual Survey of India City-Systems (ASICS), (http://timesofindia. indiatimes. com/), March 15, 2016

  16. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Quoted in Vijaya Vani (Bangalore edition) regarding the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor,(http://epapervijayavani.in/), January 3, 2016

  17. A Ravindra and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, As we all get older, The Economic Times, (http://www.economictimes.com), December 26, 2015

  18. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Evaluating the state of women in urban India, The Financial Express, (http://www.financialexpress.com), December 22, 2015

  19. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Interview to Times of India regarding the proposal for reducing urban transport congestion,(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/), December 8, 2015

  20. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Interview to Deccan Chronicle regarding Bengaluru’s preparedness in the event of floods, (http://www.deccanchronicle.com), December 6, 2015

  21. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Lessons for Non-South India, The Economic Times, (http://www.economictimes.com), December 5, 2015

  22. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Can Bihar join south India? The Economic Times, November 20, 2015

  23. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Start a green evolution, The Economic Times,November 3, 2015

  24. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Interview on Vasantham TV, Singapore, October 29, 2015, 20:30 hours (http://seithi.mediacorp.sg/mobilet/singapore/29oct-isas/2226546.html)

  25. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Clever with smart cities, The Economic Times,, July 14, 2015

  26. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Interview with Singapore Radio, Oli FM 96.8 Tamil news bulletins, 1 pm and 7 pm, Singapore, May 11, 2015

  27. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Walk (and pedal) the talk, The Economic Times, March 31, 2015

  28. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Smart cities: Is the policy smart enough? The Financial Express, January 20, 2015

  29. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Interview with CISCO TV on Learning Module for Smart Cities,CISCO, Bangalore, January 13, 2015. https://www.ciscofeedback. vovici.com/se.ashx?s =705E3EE823D38ACD

  30. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, NITI Aayog reflects Modi’s transformative thinking, The Financial Express, January 8, 2015

  31. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Make in India: What to make and where? The Financial Express, December 11, 2014

  32. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, An article was carried in the Kannada daily Vijaya Vani regarding the Bangalore city surveys on Dec 2, 2014

  33. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. The hudhud lessons: Ensuring a healthy insurance business, The Financial Express, October 31, 2014

  34. Sridhar, V. and Sridhar, Kala S. This Nobel Laureate can help telecom, The Economic Times, October 22, 2014

  35. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. How to make our cities more productive? The Financial Express, September 10, 2014

  36. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. How free is your city? The Economic Times, August 14, 2014

  37. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Creating a more equal India. The Financial Express, July 18, 2014

  38. Paul, Samuel and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Minimum government=maximum governance? The Economic Times, June 30, 2014

Recent Presentation to Policy Makers/Government of Karnataka

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and S.Manasi. New approaches to sustainable finances for Karnataka’s cities, Directorate of Municipal Administration, Bengaluru, June 3, 2017.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. The potential of land leasing and sales in India’s cities, Presentation to the Fourth Karnataka State Finance Commission, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, March 9, 2016.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Climate change in Karnataka’s cities: Is this real? Proposal presentation to Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI), Bengaluru, October 16, 2015

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Urbanization and human development. Presentation to the Government of Karnataka’s Planning Department, Meeting to review the progress of the State Human Development Report, Bangalore, July 19, 2014.

Participation/Discussant and Chairperson Roles in Recent National And International Conferences/ Seminars/ Workshops/ Consultations/ Meetings/Training Program

International

  1. Sridhar, Kala S. Commentator, Sixth China-India Forum: Indo China Conference on Trade, Economic Development and Poverty Reduction, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China, September 13-14, 2017.

  2. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Discussant of Human capital and urbanization in India, by Sandeep Sarkar, Workshop on Urbanization in Asia: A Comparative Study of the People’s Republic of China and India, Asian Development Bank Institute and the University of Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 5-6, 2017.

  3. Sridhar, Kala S. Chairperson, Session on City Size, Workshop on Urbanization in Asia: A Comparative Study of the People’s Republic of China and India, Asian Development Bank Institute and the University of Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 5-6, 2017.

  4. Sridhar, Kala S. attended the inaugural of Hiroshima Univ (Japan)-ISEC seminar on institutions and governance (Dec 2016)

  5. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited expert, Workshop on Tamil Nadu Household Panel Survey, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Government of Tamil Nadu and University of Michigan, Chennai, August 12, 2016.

  6. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited panelist, Unlock Bengaluru, World Resources Institute, Bengaluru, July 9, 2016.

  7. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Invited discussant of “Relationship between infrastructure ad population agglomerations in urban India” by Sabyasachi Tripathi, Workshop on Urbanization and Infrastructure in Asia, Asian Development Bank Institute and Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China, June 16, 2016.

  8. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited expert, UK/India Urban Transformations Research Workshop, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Jaipur, 2-3 March 2016

  9. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Discussant of session on Urbanization, migration and the environment, International seminar on Global Issues of Population, Development and Environment, Indian Council for Social Science Research, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, October 28, 2014.

  10. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited participant, International consultation on Transport Governance Initiative, Parisar, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Embarq India, Pune, April 6-7, 2015; New Delhi, July 12, 2014.

National

  1. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited participant, Transport governance initiative: Workshop to discuss pilot testing of the toolkit, World Resources Institute, Bengaluru, August 17-18, 2015.

  2. Sridhar, Kala S and Manasi S participated in the Smart Capital: Creating Smart Places in Bengaluru at World Trade Centre, Bangalore, organized by Smart Cities of India Foundation, Bangalore on 27th May 2015

  3. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited participant, International consultation on Transport Governance Initiative, Parisar, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Embarq India, Pune, April 6-7, 2015.

  4. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited subject expert, Project on "Infrastructure Assessment of Gulbarga City," Stakeholders’ meeting, Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga, February 19, 2015.

  5. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited participant, National stakeholders’ consultation to finalize vision and mission of the National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, New Delhi, December 20, 2014

  6. Sridhar, Kala S. Chairperson, National seminar on flagship programs: Impacts, problems and challenges ahead, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad, November 20, 2014.

  7. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Achieving Inclusive Urban prosperity: Policy perspectives, Sustainable Chennai Forum on Inclusive Urban Prosperity, Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chennai, November 10, 2014.

Recent Training Sessions

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Status of basic services in Bengaluru. Workshop on Building Synergy between Civil Society Organisations and BBMP, ISEC and CIVIC, Bengaluru, September 26, 2017.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. India’s Urbanization, Environmental Challenges, and Land Use Regulations, Green Skills Academy, Centre for Sustainable Development, Bangalore, September 20, 2017.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Blending science with social science: What do urban studies show? Social Science Talent Search Scheme, Institute for Social and Economic Change, August 27, 2016.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. India’s Urbanization, Public Services, and Land Use Regulations: Implications for the Environment, ISEC-Nordic Course in India (NCI) Course on Approaching the environment in India – Issues and methods in the study of nature-economy-society interface, Bengaluru, July 5, 2016.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Recent Advances in Urban Economic Research, Related Tools and Evidence, Advancements in Social Science Knowledge Production: Approaches, paradigms and Practices, Fostering Linkages in Academic Innovation and Research (FLAIR) Training Program, Government of Kerala Department of Collegiate Education, ISEC, Bengaluru, February 23, 2016.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Tools and Techniques for Urban and Regional Research, Certificate Course on Methods and Applications in Social Science Research, ISEC, Bengaluru, November 3, 2015.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Data Sources and Analysis in Urban and Regional Research, Capacity Building Programme for Social Science Faculty, Indian Council for Social Science Research and Centre for Women and Gender Studies, ISEC, Bengaluru, August 5, 2015.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. India’s Urbanization, Public Services, and Land Use Regulations: Implications for the Environment, ISEC-Nordic Course in India (NCI) Course on Approaching the environment in India – Issues and methods in the study of nature-economy-society interface, Bengaluru, July 7, 2015.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Land use regulations and implications for inclusive planning, Training programme on Urban administration and governance, Environmental Management & Policy Research Institute (EMPRI) and Karnataka Urban Infrastructure and Development Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), Bangalore, April 1, 2015.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Land  use, building regulations and their impacts: Local, national and international evidence, Workshop on Urban governance, State Institute of Urban Development, Administrative Training Institute, Government of Karnataka, Mysore, November 22, 2014.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. India’s urban environmental challenges. ISEC-Nordic Course in India (NCI) on Approaching the environment in India – Issues and methods in the study of nature-economy-society interface, July 21, 2014.

Supervision of Ph.D. Students, Doctoral Committee Membership/Guidance to Interns/ Participation In Bi-Annual Seminars at ISEC

Supervisor for following Ph.D. students:

  • Amrin Kamaluddin Fakih, Jan 2017-current.
  • Ramakrishna Nallathiga, Jan 2017-current (Thesis topic: Urban finances and service delivery in Indian cities: The case of selected urban local governments in Telangana state).
  • Jamadar Mudassar, February 2016-current (Thesis topic: Identifying the urban poor, their deprivations and coping strategies: A study in Bengaluru city).
  • Sukanya Bhaumik, February 2016-current (Thesis topic: Fiscal gaps in cities: The case of select ULBs in India).
  • Shivakumar Nayka, February 2015-current (Thesis topic: Intra urban mobility to work in Bengaluru: Spatial and socio-economic determinants).

Doctoral Committee member for theses of following Ph.D. students:

  • Keerthi Srilakshmi, April 2017
  • Shafeeqe Abdul Kader, April 2017
  • Supriya Bhandarkar, April 2017
  • Aboobacker T.P., April 2017
  • Sneha Biswas, April 2017
  • Prajeesh Karonnon, November 2016
  • Darshini, J.S., November 2016
  • Pratap Singh, November 2016
  • Dipak Mandal, April 2016
  • Zeenat Hussain, April 2016
  • Raju Sarkar, April 2015
  • Chaya Ravishankar, November 2014

Panel Expert for following Ph.D. students:

  • Member, Board of Examiners, Municipal Solid Waste Management Services, Efficient Delivery Mechanism and Household Choice, by Somdutta Banerjee, University of Calcutta, Department of Economics, September 2016.

  • Member, Panel of Dissertation Examiners and External Examiner for Viva Voce, Doctoral dissertation on "Legal aspects of supply of land for urban development – a case study of Gujarat”, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, September 2016, March 31, 2017, September 2017.

  • Member, Comprehensive Examination Board of B.R.Naveen, Ph.D. student, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, July 1, 2016.

  • Panel discussant of Assessing climatic extremes and vulnerability in the peri-urban context of Bengaluru city, by Amrutha Mary Varkey, Ph.D. student, Bi-annual seminars of doctoral fellows, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, December 21, 2016.

  • Panel discussant of Solid waste management in Bangalore: A critical analysis of managerial, institutional, economic, social and environmental aspects, by Natasha Kalra, Ph.D. student, Bi-annual seminars of doctoral fellows, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, December 18, 2015.

  • Panel discussant of Role of Demographic Variables in the Analysis of Balance of Payments, by Aneesha Chitgupi, Ph.D. student, Bi-annual seminars of Doctoral fellows, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, December 21, 2016; June 28, 2016; December 11, 2015; June 16, 2015.

 Guidance to interns

  • Prerna Prasad, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, May-June 2017.
  • Sudhanshu Minz, Madras School of Economics, May-July 2016.
  • Nirupama Jayaraman, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, June-July 2015.
  • Shahnaz Basheer, Central University of Karnataka, June-July 2015.
  • Akwasi Ampofo, University of Madras, Chennai, June –July 2014.
  • S.Punitha, Public Affairs Centre, November 2012-February 2013.
  • Bindu Doddahatti, JSS Law College, Mysore, Dec 2012-Jan 2013.
  • Lawrence Coffey, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, USA, October-November 2010.
  • Adoksh Shastry, Christ University School of Law, Bangalore, November 2010.
  • Nayantara Ranganathan, National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, June 2011.
  • Lars Forjahn, University of Heidelberg, Germany, February-April 2009.
  • Puneeth Nagaraj, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, November-December 2009.
  • SriramTrikutam, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, June-July 2008.

Teaching

Courses Designed and Taught

  • Current debates in urban and regional research, Part B of Ph.D. program in Urban Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, January-March 2015; 2016.

    Basic urban and regional studies, Part A of Ph.D. program in Urban Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, August-December 2014; 2015.

  • Current debates in urban and regional research, Part B of Ph.D. program in Urban Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, January-April 2015.

  • Field problems in urban research (Designed and coordinated), Part B of Ph.D. program in Urban Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, January-April 2015.

  • Basic urban and regional studies, Part A of Ph.D. program in Urban Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, August-December 2014.

  • Indian Urban development (Designed, and taught several sessions), Part A of Ph.D. program in Urban Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, August-December 2014.

  • Took class, set questions, and graded answer scripts, session on Data for urban and regional research, CESP Course on Databases for the Indian Economy (Course coordinator: Dr.Veerashekarappa), February 2015

Recent Reviewer Roles/Appointment on Committees, and Service Activity

  • Member, Joint Research Councils UK-National Institute of Urban Affairs Network on Sustainable Cities and Urbanization, February 2016.

  • Member, Scientific Steering Committee, Urban Transitions 2016 Conference, Elsevier and Yale University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, September 5-9, 2016 (http://www.urbantransitionsconference.com/).

  • Senior advisor, GDN (Global Development Network) project on Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus, Strengthening Policy Links between Latin America and Asia, August 2012-February 2013.

  • Chairperson, Women’s Cell, Institute for Social and Economic Change, January 2015-present.

  • Chairperson, ISEC Founders’ Day Cultural Events Committee, January 2015.

  • Member, Research Programmes Committee, Institute for Social and Economic Change, June 2014-present.

  • Member, Academic Programmes Committee, Institute for Social and Economic Change, June 2014-present.

  • Member, Library Committee, Institute for Social and Economic Change, June 2014-present.

  • Member, Sir Ratan Tata Trust Committee, Institute for Social and Economic Change, January 2015-present.

  • Reviewer: International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (Taylor & Francis), ISEC’s Post Doctoral Research Programme (PDRP), ISEC’s journal, Journal for Social and Economic Development, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)’s Peccei & Mikhalevich Awards

  • Referee for journals: Review of Development and Change (Madras Institute of Development Studies), China Report (Sage), Environment and Urbanization Asia (Sage).

On-going Research Projects
  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, The story of an Indian metropolis revisited, Azim Premji University Research Grants Foundation, April 2016-current.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and S.Manasi, Will Bengaluru become smart or livable? Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), December 2015-current.

Completed Research Project
  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Pilot testing of the TGI indicator toolkit in Karnataka, World Resources Institute (WRI),

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, S.Manasi and K.C.Smitha (2015) Bangalore city surveys-2: A pilot from a ward, Final report, Institute for Social and Economic Change, December (Date of Press Conference in Bangalore: July 27, 2015).

Recent International Awards, Recognitions
  • Invited participant and speaker, Global Cities: Connecting talent, driving change, British Council, London, 22-24 May 2017.

  •  Invited speaker, Workshop on Urbanization in Asia: A Comparative Study of the People’s Republic of China and India, Asian Development Bank Institute and the University of Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 5-6, 2017.

  • Invited speaker, Workshop on Urbanization and Infrastructure in Asia, Asian Development Bank Institute, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, June 16-17, 2016.

  • Member, Joint Research Councils UK-National Institute of Urban Affairs Network on Sustainable Cities and Urbanization, February 2016.

  • Member, Scientific Steering Committee, Urban Transitions 2016 Conference, Elsevier and Yale University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, September 5-9, 2016 (http://www.urbantransitionsconference.com/).

  • Invited speaker, Tenth ISAS International Conference on Politics and Economics of Land in South Asia, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, October 29-30, 2015.

  • Kala S Sridhar is Empanelled for the Visiting Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair Professor of Indian Studies (Economics) in Foreign Universities (with whom ICCR has MoU), August 2015

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Invited speaker, ADB Workshop on Comparative Study on Urbanization in PRC and India, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China, September 20-21, 2014

  • Invited participant, International Conference Cities of Migration 2014, The Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin, Germany, 4-6 June, 2014 (Declined due to personal reasons)

  • Invited speaker, ADB Workshop on Untold Side of the Asian Poverty Reduction Story, Manila, Philippines, March 10-11, 2014

Recent National Awards, Recognitions

  • Invited panelist, Conference on Chennai as a Global City, UN-Habitat’s Urban Thinkers’ Campus, National Institute of Urban Affairs and Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chennai, November 9, 2017.

  • Invited speaker, EU-India Dialogue on Smart Cities, European Union, German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA), BayIND (Bavarian-Indian Centre), Observer Research Foundation, and School of Planning and Architecture, Bangalore, October 13-14, 2017.

  • Invited speaker, Seminar on Urbanization and Climate Change, IGNA (Indo German Nachkontakt Association), NGRI, Hyderabad, Oct 9, 2017.

  • Invited expert, Urban Development Sector Consultation Workshop, Vision 2025 for Karnataka, Government of Karnataka, KPMG and WRI, Bangalore, September 27, 2017.

  • Invited expert, Workshop on “Economic Inclusivity in India: Conceptual and Empirical Recommendations for an Indicator Framework,” University of California Santa Cruz and International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, August 19, 2017.

  • Invited speaker, Innovative Cities India Summit 2017, Bengaluru, March 16-17, 2017.

  • Invited keynote speaker, Research Councils UK-India Joint Network on Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation in India, Kickoff Workshop, New Delhi, 26-27 September 2016.

  • Invited expert, Workshop on Tamil Nadu Household Panel Survey, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Government of Tamil Nadu and University of Michigan, Chennai, August 12, 2016.

  • Invited resource person, National Seminar on Sustainable Development Goals for Revitalizing India- Prospects and Challenges for the Youth, Department of Economics, University Grants Commission and Jyoti Nivas College, Bengaluru, August 9-10, 2016.

  • Invited panelist, Unlock Bengaluru, World Resources Institute, Bengaluru, July 9, 2016.

  • Invited member, Advisory council, Regional Studies Association India Division, June 2016

  • Invited speaker, Special lecture in urban economics to post graduate students, Government Arts College, Bengaluru, April 26, 2016

  • Invited speaker, Annual conference on Sustainable Cities and Transport (Connect Karo), World Resources Institute, New Delhi, April 6-7, 2016

  • Invited expert, UK/India Urban Transformations Research Workshop, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Jaipur, 2-3 March 2016

  • Invited resource person, National Seminar on Dynamics of Social Infrastructure in India - Emerging issues, prospects and challenges, University Grants Commission and Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, February 23-24, 2016

  • Invited speaker, National Summit on Sustainable Water and Sanitation (NSSWS), CDD society, Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS) and Nispana Innovative Platforms, Bengaluru, 7-8 January 2016.

  • Invited speaker, World Congress on Women (Theme and session: Gender empowerment), Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women, Bengaluru, November 18-20, 2015.

  • Invited speaker, 2nd Edition of Sustainable Smart Cities India, Mangaluru city Corporation, Mangaluru, November 16-17, 2015.

  • Invited speaker, Urban Thinkers Campus-India, Research Council of UK and National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, October 6, 2015.

  • Invited panelist, Conference on Contemporary Issues and Trends in Urban Transformation, Department of Cultural Studies, Jain University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bengaluru, September 12-13, 2015

  • Invited participant, Transport governance initiative: Workshop to discuss pilot testing of the toolkit, World Resources Institute, Bengaluru, August 17-18, 2015.

  • Invited speaker, Research Council of UK (RCUK)-National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) Joint Consultation on Urban Research Landscape in India, RCUK and NIUA, New Delhi, May 15, 2015.

  • Invited participant, International consultation on Transport Governance Initiative, Parisar, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Embarq India, Pune, April 6-7, 2015; New Delhi, July 12, 2014.

  • Invited resource person, Training programme on Urban administration and governance, Environmental Management & Policy Research Institute (EMPRI), Bangalore, March 30-April 1, 2015

  • Invited subject expert, Project on "Infrastructure Assessment of Gulbarga City," Stakeholders’ meeting, Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga, February 19, 2015.

  • Invited lead speaker, ICSSR National Seminar on Sustainable regional development in India-challenges and opportunities, R. A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, January 10, 2015.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Invited participant, National stakeholders’ consultation to finalize vision and mission of the National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, New Delhi, December 20, 2014

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Invited resource person, Workshop on Urban governance, State Institute of Urban Development, Administrative Training Institute, Government of Karnataka, Mysore, November 22, 2014.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Invited chairperson, National seminar on flagship programs: Impacts, problems and challenges ahead, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad, November 20, 2014.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Invited speaker, Sustainable Chennai Forum on “Inclusive Urban Prosperity,” Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chennai, November 10, 2014 

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Invited speaker and participant, Workshop on ‘Interrogating Rural-Urban Transitions: Dominant and Alternative Conceptualizations,’ Centre for Rural Urban Dynamics (CRUD), IRMA, and Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, IRMA, Anand, August 27-28, 2014.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Invited participant, International consultation on Transport Governance Initiative, Parisar, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Embarq India, New Delhi, July 12, 2014.

  • Invited speaker, Workshop on systems thinking and adaptive governance: the context of urban flooding and water stress in Bangalore, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Bangalore, April 24-25, 2014.

  • Invited expert group member, Initiation workshop on the Karnataka State Human Development Report, UNDP, Planning Commission, Planning Department, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore, March 29, 2014.

  • Invited participant, Release of the State of the Urban Poor Report by the Honorable Minister, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India and presented to the President of India, New Delhi, January 21, 2014

  • Invited chapter writer on Urbanization and human development, Karnataka State Human Development Report, Government of Karnataka, 2014.

Recent Work with/Papers for Multilateral Organizations

  • Kala S Sridhar “Urbanization: Benefits and costs,” The Urbanization-Poverty-Inequality Triangle in Asia and the Pacific, Asian Development Bank, May-September 2014

  • Kala S Sridhar “Is urban poverty more challenging than rural poverty?” Addressing Knowledge and Statistical Gaps in Relation to Poverty Reduction, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth, Asian Development Bank, November 2013-August 2014

  • Kala S Sridhar “Making cities more inclusive: The case of India's building-height limits,” Knowledge Product on Inclusive Urban Development for South Asia, Asian Development Bank, completed July 2014.

Professional Membership

  • Regional Science Association International (RSAI) (recent);

  • Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) (past)

Professor and Head
C
entre for Research in Urban Affairs (CRUA)
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Nagarabhavi P.O. Bangalore 560072, India.
Tel: Office: 080-23216066(Direct), 23215468 Ext. 558, Fax: 080-23217008
Email: kala@isec.ac.in , kalaseetharam@gmail.com

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