Institute for Social and Economic Change
 

 

 

Kala Seetharam Sridhar

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Professor, Centre for Research in Urban Affairs (CRUA)

Area of Specialisation
  • Urban and regional economics and policies
  • Municipal finances
  • India-China comparisons
  • Technology and economic effects

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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. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and George Mavrotas (Editors) (2021) Urbanization in the Global South: Perspectives and challenges, Oxon: Routledge, September.

  2. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Li Jingfeng (Editors) (2021) The Rise of India and China: Social, economic and environmental impacts, Routledge Critical Perspectives on India and China, Oxon: Routledge.
    https://www.routledge.com/The-Rise-of-India-and-China-Social-Economic-and-Environmental-Impacts/Sridhar-Jingfeng/p/book/9780367562243

  3. Sridhar, Kala S.,Ranjit Gadgil and Chhavi Dhingra(2020), Paving the way for better governance in urban transport-- The Transport Governance Initiative, Springer, 2020. 344 pp.
    https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-13-9620-5

  4. Anil Kumar Vaddiraju, S.N.Sangita and Kala S Sridhar (Editors). Urban governance in Karnataka and Bengaluru: Global changes and local impacts, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.225 pp.
     http://www.cambridgescholars.com/urban-governance-in-karnataka-and-bengaluru

  5. Paul, Samuel and Kala S Sridhar.The paradox of India’s north south divide: Lessons from the states and regions, New Delhi: Sage, 2015.248pp.
    https://in.sagepub.com/en-in/sas/the-paradox-of-india%E2%80%99s-north%E2%80%93south-divide/book245542
    (Date of book launch: June 2, 2015, Bangalore, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbSpu6e-TNI)

 Reviews:

  6.  Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Guanghua Wan (Editors). Urbanization in Asia: Governance, infrastructure and the environment, New Delhi: Springer, 2014. 287 pp. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9788132216377

  7.     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.xix + 297 pp..
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)

  8.     Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and A.VenugopalaReddy. State of urban services in India’s cities: Spending and financing, New Delhi: Oxford University Press,2010, 148
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

  1.  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. 277 pp. (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)

  1. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Incentives for regional development: Competition among sub-national governments, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. 214 pp.

·  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 V. Sridhar, Dr.Singh—The Leader, Institution Builder and a Great Human Being, in Dr. Pritam Singh: Alchemist Guru, edited by Asha Bhandarker, New Delhi: Sage, forthcoming.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and George Mavrotas (2021) ‘Challenges of Urbanization in the Global South: Introduction and overview’, in Urbanization in the Global South: Perspectives and challenges (eds., Kala S Sridhar and George Mavrotas), Oxon: Routledge, September 2021.

  • Sridhar, Kala S., S.Manasi, N.Latha (2021) ‘Suburbanization and spatial inequality in the distribution of urban services in Indian cities: A study of Bengaluru, in Urbanization in the Global South: Perspectives and challenges (eds., Kala S Sridhar and George Mavrotas), Oxon: Routledge, September 2021.

  • Nallathiga, Ramakrishna and Kala S Sridhar (2021) ‘Urban civic service delivery and norms: A pilot study of two Indian cities’, in Urbanization in the Global South: Perspectives and challenges (eds., Kala S Sridhar and George Mavrotas), Oxon: Routledge, September 2021.

  •  Kala S Sridhar and K. C. Smitha (2021) ‘State of local governance and urban development problems: A study of Bengaluru’, in Urbanization in the Global South: Perspectives and challenges (eds., Kala S Sridhar and George Mavrotas), Oxon: Routledge, September 2021.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. and Li Jingfeng (2021) The Rise of India and China, in The Rise of India and China: Social, economic and environmental impacts (Kala S Sridhar and Li Jingfeng, eds.), Routledge Critical Perspectives on India and China, Oxon, UK: Routledge, pp.1-10.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. and K.C. Smitha (2021). Is urbanization inclusive in India and China, in The Rise of India and China: Social, economic and environmental impacts (Kala S Sridhar and Li Jingfeng, eds.), Routledge Critical Perspectives on India and China, Oxon, UK: Routledge, pp.101-120.

  • Vishal, R., Sheetal Singh and Kala S Sridhar (2021). Municipal finances and decentralized government – Lessons from India and China, in (Kala S Sridhar and Li Jingfeng, eds.), The Rise of India and China: Social, economic and environmental impacts, Routledge Critical Perspectives on India and China, Oxon, UK: Routledge, pp.231-254.

  • M.G.Chandrakanth, Kala S Sridhar and K.C.Smitha (2021), Impact of urbanization on agriculture in India and China, in The Rise of India and China: Social, economic and environmental impacts (Kala S Sridhar and Li Jingfeng, eds.), Routledge Critical Perspectives on India and China, Oxon, UK: Routledge, pp.145-168.

  • Kala S Sridhar and Shivakumar Nayka (2021), Urban commuters in cities of India and China: Commuting time, modes and distance, in The Rise of India and China: Social, economic and environmental impacts (Kala S Sridhar and Li Jingfeng, eds.), Routledge Critical Perspectives on India and China, Oxon, UK: Routledge, pp.189-209. Page 12 of 47.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. (2020) Achievements in urban development (of the Government of Karnataka), in Putakitta Chinna, Annapurna publishers, Sirigeri, Bellary, Karnataka, pp.115-121.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2019). Costs and benefits of urbanization: The Indian case, in Cities of Dragons and Elephants: Urbanization and Urban Development in the People’s Republic of China and India (eds., Guanghua Wan and Ming Lu), Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp.40-80.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2019). The effect of urban land use regulations on density: The case of selected Indian cities, in Seeking Middle Ground: Land, Markets and Public Policy (eds.,Sanjoy Chakravorty & Amitendu Palit), Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp.206-232.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2019). Urbanisation in India: How far is it broad-basing? in Socio-Economic Change and the Broad-Basing Process in India (ed., Nadkarni, M. V.), London: Routledge, 2019, pp.163-179.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2018)The Impact of Land Use Regulations on Supply of Land: The case of India's Cities, in The Land Question in Urban Development, (eds., Shashanka Bhide and Devendra B Gupta), Academic Foundation, New Delhi, pp.101-128

  • 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. Sridhar, Kala S and Shivakumar Nayka. Determinants of commute time in an Indian city, Margin (Sage), forthcoming.

  2. Sridhar, Kala S., Understanding the digital platform economy: Effect of Airbnb on housing in Indian cities, Housing Policy Debate, forthcoming
    https://doi.org/10.1080/10511482.2021.1929389.

  3. Vishal, R., Kala S Sridhar, and S.Manasi. Sustainable financing for urban Karnataka: Viable options, Environment and Urbanization Asia, Vol 12.2 (Sep 2021): 1-20.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/09754253211040194

  4. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2021). Mobility, job accessibility and welfare from jobs in Bengaluru, India, Area Development and Policy, 6 (1): 106-122. DOI:
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23792949.2020.1785319

  5. Nallathiga, Ramakrishna and Kala S Sridhar (2020). State re-organisation, local government finances, and spending on urban civic services: A study of the GHMC, Urban India, Vol 40.2 (July-Dec, 2020): 9-36.

  6. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2020). Urbanization in the Global South: Economic efficiency, equity and sustainability, Equilibri (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan, Italy), Special issue: Souths of the world, Vol.: XXIV (September), pp. 45-55, DOI: 10.1406/98098.

  7. Sridhar, Kala S. (2020) Urban governance, land use and economic effects on Indian cities: The cases of Ahmedabad and Bengaluru, Urban India, 40 (1) (Jan-June): 29-45.

  8. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2020). Is India’s urbanization really too low? Some evidence, Area Development and Policy, 5 (1): 32-49. DOI: 10.1080/23792949.2019.1590153

  9. Sridhar, Kala S., S.Manasi, N.Latha and K.C.Smitha (2019). Trends in municipal revenues: Evidence from selected urban local bodies in Karnataka, Arthika Charche, 4 (1) (Jan-June): 59-75.

  10. Shivakumar Nayka and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam(2019). Urban commuters in India’s states and cities: Modes and distance, Urbanisation, 3(2): 69-107.
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2455747118816559

  11. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2018), Urbanization and carbon emissions in India and China, Environment and Urbanization Asia (Sage),9(2): 113-126.https://doi.org/10.1177/0975425318783544.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

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

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

  27. 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

  • Fakih, Amrin and Kala S Sridhar (2021). Indian startup ecosystem: Analysing investment concentration and performance of government programmes, ISEC Working Paper 514, Bengaluru: ISEC.

  • Nayka, Shivakumar and Kala S Sridhar (2019). Determinants of Intra Urban Mobility: A Study of Bengaluru, ISEC Working Paper 437, Bangalore: ISEC.

  • 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/

Policy Briefs

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and K.C.Smitha, The Urban Transport Governance Initiative (TGI) Toolkit: Pilot from Karnataka’s Cities, ISEC Policy Brief 27, July 2019.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, S.Manasi and N.Latha. Urban finances in Karnataka: How to make them sustainable? ISEC Policy Brief 26, June 2019.

Journal Special Issue Co-Edited

  • Karen Seto, Darren Robinson, Hassan Virji, Zoltán Kovács, John Zhai, Neha Sami, Christopher Pettit, Kala Seetharam Sridhar (Editors), Urban Transitions Conference, Shanghai, September 2016, Procedia Engineering (Elsevier), Volume 198, Pages 1-1148 (2017).

Short Articles

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Sanitation and solid waste management in Indian cities through ICT, Yojana (Journal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India), 59 (September 2015): 36-39.

  • 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.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Surender Kumar. “India’s Urban Environment: Air/Water Pollution and Pollution Abatement,”Economic and Political Weekly48, 22 (6) (February 9, 2013): 22-25.

  • 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.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“Generating Employment: How Will Schemes Be Financed?” Economic and Political Weekly 39 (34) August 21, 2004: 3781-2.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“Jobs: The Great Indian Dream,” Economic and Political Weekly July 10, 2004: 3090-91.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“A Market-based Approach to Communal Tensions,” Economic and Political Weekly 38 (3) January 18, 2003: 181-2.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam.“Inexact can be Nobel,” Economic and Political Weekly 37 (44-45) November 2-9, 2002: 4491-2.

Recent Invited presentations in  International Conferences/Workshops
  1. Sridhar, Kala S. Urban form and economic benefits from relaxation of land use regulations and Bengaluru metro, Remembering Ravi Ponnappureddy: Annual Dialogue on Public Transport Planning, World Resources Institute, July 22, 2021 (by zoom).

  2. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited discussant of Infrastructuring the City: Trajectories of violence, by Deljana Iossifova, Special talk series The State of Cities -#Cityonversations, Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies, Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi, April 7, 2021 (by zoom).

  3. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited panellist) Asian Century Foundation Dialogue Series on Resilient and Inclusive Cities | Migrant workers (by zoom), January 16, 2021.

  4. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited discussant of Governing the Urban in China and India: Land grabs, Slum clearance and the War on air pollution, by Xuefei Ren, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2020, Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), Special Talk Series: The State of Cities - #CityConversations | #WebPolicyTalk (by zoom), New Delhi, January 7, 2021.

  5. Sridhar, Kala S. Questions and policy directions for our cities, International Webinar on Covid-19 and Cities, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, December 14, 2020.

  6. Sridhar, Kala S. An Additional Anathema for Our Cities and Policy Directions, Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), Special Talk Series: The State of Cities - #CityConversations | #WebPolicyTalk (by zoom), New Delhi, December 7, 2020. https://youtu.be/dFELul-Vehg

  7. Sridhar, Kala S. Simulations of economic benefits from relaxation of land use regulations and transport infrastructure, Asian Development Bank (by MS Teams), December 4, 2020.

  8. Sridhar, Kala S. and V.Sridhar. Do Home Stay Digital Platforms in Indian Cities Impact Housing? The Case of Airbnb, India Land Forum 2020: Data-driven Research & Evidence for Land Policy in India, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi (by zoom), November 27, 2020.

  9. Sridhar, Kala S. Urbanization (invited panellist), Urban Planning, Land Use Regulations and Sustainability, Panel discussion on Sustainable Urbanization and Resilient cities, International Workshop cum Training on ‘Green Growth Strategies for Climate Resilience and DRR: Policies, Pathways and Tools,’ ISEC, Bengaluru, November 27, 2020. Page 26 of 47

  10. Sridhar, Kala S. Urbanization, Covid-19 and Collective Action Among the Urban and Urban Poor in India, Fall School II, School of the South of the World, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan, Italy (by GoToWebinars), Nov 11, 2020.

  11. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited discussant of Reasons for housing vacancy in India: Rent control and insufficient judiciary, by Sahil Gandhi, Richard Green, and Shaonlee Patranabis, Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP) and Property rights Research consortium Monthly E-Meeting, Nov 10th, 2020 (by Zoom).

  12. Sridhar, Kala S. Invited discussant of Keynote address on “Collective action” in the cities of the world. A perspective from the Souths, by Paolo Perulli, Fall School II, School of the South of the World, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan, Italy (by GoToWebinars), Nov 4, 2020.

  13. Sridhar, Kala S (invited speaker), Indian Cities and SDG 11: Status and way forward, International webinar on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—Multidisciplinary perspectives, All India Researchers’ Association, July 12, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOBNnXbvfEE

  14. Sridhar, Kala S (invited panellist), International webinar on Is City-led Economic Growth under Stress, Habitat Forum, Centre for Policy Research and The Institute of Social Sciences, July 6, 2020. https://www.inhaf.org/archive/

  15. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited keynote address) New Work Order: Interdisciplinary Approaches,International Interdisciplinary Conference on Business Studies and Social Sciences, Christ University School of Business Studies and Social Sciences and Arnhem Business School, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, Bengaluru, December 13-14, 2019.

  16. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited panelist) Foundation of Young India,International Interdisciplinary Conference on Business Studies and Social Sciences, Christ University School of Business Studies and Social Sciences and Arnhem Business School, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, Bengaluru, December 13-14, 2019.

  17. Sridhar, Kala S. Understanding the Platform Economy of Asia: Effect of Airbnb on Housing in Indian cities, International Conference on Understanding the Costs and Benefits of the Platform Economy: Implications for Developing Asia, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines, December 6, 2019.

  18. Sridhar, Kala S. (Keynote address) Urbanization: Economic efficiency, equity and sustainability in the Global South, first Fall School, School of the South of the World, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan, Italy, Nov 4, 2019.

  19. Sridhar, Kala S. Mobility, Job Accessibility and Welfare from Jobs in Indian Cities, WIDER Development Conference on Transforming economies – for better jobs, UNU-WIDER and UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand, September 11, 2019.

  20. Sridhar, Kala S. Cities and Economic Dynamism: Challenges and Opportunities, India background chapter, Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update Theme Chapter Workshop on Asian Cities: Fostering Growth and Inclusion, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines, May 23, 2019.

  21. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Commute Time, Job Accessibility and Welfare from Jobs in Indian cities: Evidence from Bengaluru, ADB Conference on “Urban Development and Economics in the Developing World”, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, August 7, 2018.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Invited discussant of “Relationship between infrastructure ad population agglomeration 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

Recent Presentations In International Conferences And Workshops

  1. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Paavo Monkkonen. The suburbanization of India’s cities, Department of Economics, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, USA, June 23, 2021 (by zoom from LA).

  2. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Paavo Monkkonen. The spatial structure of India’s cities, Lusk Center for Real Estate Research Seminar series, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, June 22, 2021 (by zoom from LA).

  3. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Paavo Monkkonen. Did Indian cities become flat during 1975-2015? Global Public Affairs series, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California Los Angeles, June 7, 2021.

  4. Sridhar, Kala S and Shivakumar Nayka. Determinants of commute time: The case of Bengaluru, 15th International Conference on Public Policy & Management, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, August 24, 2020 (by zoom).

  5. Sridhar, Kala S. Intra-urban mobility for equitable cities, Kick-off Workshop on Inclusive Cities through Equitable access to Urban Mobility Infrastructures for India and Bangladesh, ISEC, Bengaluru, September 27, 2019.

  6. Sridhar, Kala S. and S.Manasi. Sustainable financing for urban India: Viable options, Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, June 5-7, 2019.

  7. Nayka, Shivakumar and Kala S Sridhar. Determinants of Intra Urban Mobility: A Study of Bengaluru, International Conference on the Challenges of Governance in Mega Cities, ISEC, Bengaluru, October 25-26, 2018.

  8. Sridhar, Kala S., S.Manasi, N.Latha,Spatial Distribution of Urban Services in Mega Cities: A Study of Bengaluru, International Conference on the Challenges of Governance in Mega Cities, ISEC, Bengaluru, October 25-26, 2018.

  9. Ramakrishna Nallathiga and Kala S Sridhar. Urban civic service delivery and norms: A pilot study of two Indian cities,International Conference on the Challenges of Governance in Mega Cities, ISEC, Bengaluru, October 25-26, 2018.

  10. Sukanya Bhaumik and Kala S Sridhar. Expenditure needs of Indian mega cities,International Conference on the Challenges of Governance in Mega Cities, ISEC, Bengaluru, October 25-26, 2018.

  11. Fakih,Amrin and Kala S Sridhar. An appraisal of government schemes and private investment among start-ups in mega cities and India,International Conference on the Challenges of Governance in Mega Cities, ISEC, Bengaluru, October 25-26, 2018.

  12. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and K.C.Smitha. Is Urbanization Broad-basing in India and China? ISEC-Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) Conference onEconomic Growth in India and China: Social and Economic Impacts, ISEC, Bengaluru, September 27, 2018.

  13. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (invited talk). Is India’s definition of urbanization conservative? Some evidence at the national and sub-national levels, Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, July 16, 2018.

  14. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Regional revival and labor mobility: Economic migrants in Bengaluru,Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Lugano, Switzerland, June 6, 2018.

  15. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Is India’s definition of urbanization conservative? Some evidence, 12th World Regional Science Congress, Goa, May 30, 2018.

  16. 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; Seminar at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, November 13, 2017.

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

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

  19. Sridhar, Kala S. (invited talk) Inclusive growth in India: Inter or intra-regional disparities, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, May 11, 2015 (https://www.isas.nus.edu.sg/events/seminar-25/).

Recent Invited Presentations In National Conferences, Workshops And Seminars
  1. Sridhar, Kala S. Carbon Emissions, Climate Change and Urbanization: What do they mean for Karnataka and India? Webinar on Responding to Climate Change: What Should Karnataka and India Do? Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, August 19, 2021.

  2. Sridhar, Kala S. Understanding the digital platform economy: Effect of Airbnb on housing in Indian cities, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, January 14, 2021 (by zoom)

  3. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Smart cities in India: Distraction or reality, Workshop on Smart City Development in India: Prospects and Problems, Assam Science and Technology University, Guwahati, February 29, 2020.

  4. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited keynote address) Revisiting industry-academia collaboration: New paradigms, National Conference on Revisiting industry-academia collaboration: Exploring New Paradigms in value creation, CMS Business School, Jain Deemed to be University, Bengaluru, August 24, 2019.

  5. Sridhar, Kala S. Initial remarks on workshop theme, Workshop on Citizenship and Marginality in Global cities: Slum and Slum resettlement in Delhi and Bengaluru, Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development (CPIGD), ISEC, Bengaluru, July 29, 2019.

  6. Sridhar, Kala S. Evaluating the state of women in urban India and Karnataka, Workshop on Building a Gender Friendly Karnataka, Sri Ramakrishna Hegde Chair on Decentralization and Development, ISEC, Karnataka Panchayati Raj Parishad & CIVIC, Bengaluru, March 8, 2019.

  7. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited) Indian Univer(c)ities: Do they have a local advantage? Indian Institute of Human Settlements Annual Research ConferencePanel 8: Knowledge-based economies, innovation networks, and regional development in India, Bengaluru, Jan 11, 2019 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWXCQDxzo1I&index=8&list=PLbmuUHudqeBbmRLrIbVJnnHi-7DCn_BG5).

  8. Sridhar, Kala S. Trends in Municipal Finances: Evidence from Selected Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Karnataka, Seminar on Karnataka Development & Governance, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, December 27, 2018.

  9. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) The paradox of the North-South divide: Lessons from and for Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Economic Policy Dialogue, Tamil Nadu Young Thinkers Forum, Chennai, September 8, 2018.

  10. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) Mobility and Welfare From Jobs in Indian Cities: The Case of Bengaluru, Sustainable Smart Cities India Summit 2018, Swacchh Bharat Mission, Smart Cities India Foundation, City Managers Association (CMAK) Karnataka, Responsible Cities Foundation, FKCCI, Indian Institute of Energy Conservation, GRIHA, Bangalore, India, September 6, 2018.

  11. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Discussant, Session on Urban Decentralization, Seminar on 25 years of decentralized governance in India; Status, issues and the way forward, Centre for Decentralization and Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, August 30, 2018.

  12. Shivakumar Nayka and Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Urban commuters in India’s states and cities: Modes and distance, India at Seventy: New Development Challenges, Development Convention 2018, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, April 24, 2018.

  13. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited) Urban Financing for Environment and Climate Change, National Environment and Climate Change Congress, Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, March 22, 2018.

  14. Sridhar, Kala S., (Invited) Panelist, Session on Technology, Innovation & Collaboration is the key to Smart cities’ success, Seminar on ‘Smart and Digital Rajasthan,’ Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Government of Rajasthan and The Guild, Jaipur, Rajasthan, March 15, 2018.

  15. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, S.Manasi and K.C.Smitha. Will Bengaluru become smart or livable? Presentation to the ICSSR Advisory Committee, ISEC, Bengaluru, December 8, 2017; May 12, 2017.

  16. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited) Engaging Urban Poor to build a Resilient, global and smart city,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.

  17. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited)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.

  18. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited) 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.

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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.

  22. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (Invited 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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.

  25. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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.

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

  27. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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.

  28. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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), Government of India, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS), Government of India, and Nispana Innovative Platforms, Bengaluru, January 8, 2016.

  29. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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.

  30. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited)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.

  31. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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.

  32. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

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

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

  37. 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.

  38. Sridhar, Kala S. (Invited) 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

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

  43. 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.

  44. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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.

  45. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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.

  46. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. (Invited) 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 S.Not Saare Jahan Se Accha, The Economic Times (www.economictimes.com), August 7, 2021.

  2. V.Sridhar and Sridhar, Kala S. Social media regulation must ensure fair play, The Hindu Business Line (https://www.thehindubusinessline.com), June 16, 2021.

  3. Sridhar, Kala S. and Vishal R. Take care of health care now, The Economic Times, May 29, 2021.

  4. Sridhar, Kala S. and Vishal R. A new start to social reform? The Financial Express, (www.financialexpress.com), March 1, 2021.

  5. Sridhar, Kala S. In budget: Laudable initiatives aimed at urban services, Deccan Herald, (www.deccanherald.com), February 8, 2021.

  6. Sridhar, Kala S. How cities can cope in these Covid times, The Hindu Business Line, November 5, 2020.

  7. Sridhar, Kala S. and V.Sridhar. A ‘Nobel’ reward for auction designers, The Hindu Business Line, October 21, 2020.

  8. Vahini Aravind and Kala S Sridhar. Covid vaccine: Readying for roll-out in cities. The Financial Express, October 21, 2020.

  9. Sridhar, Kala S. and Vishal, R. Urban reforms can no longer be ignored, The Hindu Business Line, (https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/urban-reforms-can-no-longer-be-ignored/article31789073.ece), June 9, 2020.

  10. Sridhar, Kala S.and Vishal, R. Cities as hubs of innovation, The Hindu Business Line, May 4, 2020.

  11. Sridhar, Kala S. and Vishal, R. Capital cities: The more the merrier. The Hindu Business Line, March 18, 2020.

  12. Sridhar, Kala S. and Vishal, R. Urban is the urbane thing to do. The Economic Times,(www.economictimes.com), March 7, 2020.

  13. Sridhar, Kala S. and Vishal, R. A spectre haunting India. The Economic Times, October 26, 2019.

  14. Sridhar, Kala S. Laissez faire cities: Houston can be a good example for Indian cities, The Financial Express, (http://www.financialexpress.com), October 9, 2019.

  15. Sridhar, Kala S and S.Manasi. Can we make our buildings green? The Financial Express, August 30, 2019.

  16. Vishal, R. and Kala S Sridhar. Don’t get haunted by ghost cities, The Economic Times, August 17, 2019.

  17. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Recognizing citizenship, The Economic Times, July 9, 2019.

  18. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. T20 Challenge for the city: Is Bengaluru up to it? (Invited), Times Property, July 5, 2019.

  19. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Sheetal Singh, Smartening up old cities, The Economic Times, February 23, 2019.

  20. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, City city, bang bang, The Economic Times, February 8, 2019.

  21. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and M.G. Chandrakanth. Give better amenities, will pay, The Economic Times, December 1,2018.

  22. Vishal, R. and Kala S Sridhar. Can China teach India about cities? The Economic Times, November 10,2018.

  23. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Noble clues for India, The Economic Times, October 10,2018.

  24. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and V.Sridhar, Space, up in Airbnb, The Economic Times, September 5,2018.

  25. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Make urbanisation legends real, The Economic Times, February 10,2018.

  26. Sridhar, Kala Seetharam and Sridhar, V. Digits before going digital, The Economic Times (www.economictimes.com), August 19, 2017

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

  28. 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

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

  30. 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)

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

  32. 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

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

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

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

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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)

  39. 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)

  40. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  54. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  63. 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 S., Urban primacy in Karnataka: Infrastructure, policy and dispersal of jobs, Presentation to the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), Government of Karnataka, April 15, 2021.

  • Sridhar, Kala S (invited), Sustainable revenue options for Karnataka’s cities, Webinar on Review of municipal own finance and reforms, Government of Karnataka, May 2, 2020.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Selected research on urbanization (invited). Presentation to the Government of Karnataka. Bengaluru, Jan 10, 2020.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Sustainable financing for Karnataka’s cities: Preliminary findings, Draft report presentation, May 18, 2018; Inception report presentation, Directorate of Municipal Administration, Bengaluru,April 3, 2018.

  • 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.

Recent Training Sessions

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Tools and techniques of urban and regional research. Research Methodology Course in Social Science Research, Indian Council of Social Science Research, ISEC, Bengaluru, March 16, 2020; December 11, 2019; March 26, 2019.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Invited panelist. Swacchh Bharat Mission—What has it achieved for urban India? Panel discussion on Swacchh Bharat, Training Programme on Public Policy and Governance for Government of Karnataka, ISEC, Bengaluru, June 28, 2019; January 12, 2019.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Peculiarities of Indian cities; Economic effects of urban governance in India’s cities; Manipal School of Architecture and Planning, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, February 27, 2020.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Tools and techniques of urban and regional research; Land use regulations in India’s cities. Manipal School of Architecture and Planning, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, February 6, 2020.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Benchmarking urban infrastructure and service delivery,Training Programme on Public Policy and Governance for Government of Karnataka, ISEC, Bengaluru, Jan 30, 2020; June 28, 2019.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Tools and techniques of urban and regional research. Research Methodology Course in Social Science Research, Indian Council of Social Science Research, ISEC, Bengaluru, March 16, 2020; December 11, 2019; March 26, 2019.

  • 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 20, 2019; February 23, 2016.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Urban Transport Governance Initiative, Training Programme on Public Policy and Governance for Government of Karnataka, ISEC, Bengaluru, January 12, 2019.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Research in Urban Studies: Data, tools and Techniques, Certificate Course on Research Methodology and Applications, ISEC, Bengaluru, December 6, 2018.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Urbanization and land use regulations: Theory and empirical evidence, National Workshop on Smart services for future cities, Dayananda Sagar College of Architecture, Bengaluru, December 5, 2018.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Urbanization, land use regulations and impacts, Center for Urban Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, September 14, 2018.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. India’s Urbanization and Environmental Challenges; Commute challenges and transportation problems: 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 1, 2019; July 9, 2018; July 5, 2016; July 7, 2015.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Decentralized Urban Planning Strategies: Some Emerging Issues for Research, Capacity Building Training Programme on Social Science Research for Faculty and Research Scholars, ISEC, Bengaluru, March 7, 2018.

  • 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

Ph.D. Students Graduated

  • Shivakumar Nayka, February 2015-Aug 2020 (Thesis topic: Intra urban mobility to work in Bengaluru: Spatial and socio-economic determinants). Thesis submission to University of Mysore: August 2019; Date of viva voce: August 7, 2020.

Supervisor for following Ph.D. students:

  • Nagarjun, K.B., February 2021-current (Thesis topic: Public housing for the urban poor in Karnataka: Policies and programs for Bengaluru).
  • Amrin Kamaluddin Fakih, Jan 2017-current. (Thesis topic: A socio-economic analysis of start-ups in India: A study of selected sub-sectors).
  • 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).

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

  • Shafeeqe Abdul Kader, April 2017-current

  • Supriya Bhandarkar, April 2017-current

  • Sneha Biswas, April 2017-current

  • Dipak Mandal, April 2016-current

  • Zeenat Hussain, April 2016-current

  • Aboobacker T.P., April 2017-current

  • Raju Sarkar, April 2015-current (Pre-submission seminar, July 2021)

  • Darshini, J.S., November 2016-Jan 2020 (Graduated June 2021)

  • Prajeesh Karonnon, November 2016-Dec 2019

  • Pratap Singh, November 2016-May 2019 (Graduated Dec 2019).

  • Chaya Ravishankar, November 2014-Dec 2018 (Graduated June 2018).

Panel Expert for following Ph.D. students:

  • Panel discussant, Ph.D. Pre-submission Seminar on Analysing land use and land value: A study of peri-urban Bengaluru, by Amrutha Mary Varkey, ISEC, December 31, 2020.

  • External Examiner, Comprehensive Viva-Voce, 5 Ph.D. scholars, National Institute of Technology,Tiruchirappalli, March 9, 2020.

  • Panel discussant ofPh.D. thesis on Moving together: Equitable access to mobility infrastructure for older adults and persons with disabilities in Bengaluru, by Prajwal Nagesh, Ph.D. student, Bi-annual seminars of doctoral fellows, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, December 12, 2019.

  • Member, Research Advisory Committee, Ph.D. thesis on Skills, industrial mix and urbanization in the Indian context, Himangshu Kumar, Ph.D. student, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, October 2019.

  • Invited member, Final Viva Voce Board, Vinita Paikra, Doctoral student, School of Planning & Architecture, Bhopal, October 1, 2019.

  • External Examiner, Ph.D. thesis on Assessment of Urban Finance: A Study of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), by Gargi Patil, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, October 2019-April 2020.

  • Panel discussant of Determinants of land prices in peri-urban Bengaluru, by Amrutha Mary Varkey, Ph.D. student, Bi-annual seminars of doctoral fellows, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, June 19, 2019.

  • Panel discussant, Ph.D. Pre-submission Seminar on Study of Social Protection and Rural Economy in the Context of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: A Case Study of West Bengal, by Dipanwita Chakraborty, ISEC, May 13, 2019.

  • External Examiner, Ph.D. dissertation on Methodology for Identification of Determinants Influencing Residential Water Consumption in Indian City. School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, August 2018, Viva: Oct 1, 2019.

  • Panel discussant, Ph.D. Pre-submission Seminar on Study of Ecosystem Based Livelihoods in a Rural and Peri-urban Landscape of Assam, by Mrinalini Goswami, ISEC, August 24, 2018.

  • Invited expert, Review of progress of post-doctoral project on Development induced displacement, Christ University, February 21, 2018.

  • 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

  • Adi Pranav, Pune University, May-July 2021.
  • Ravi Ankush, TISS Hyderabad, May-June 2019.
  • Aniket Chowdhury, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, Dec 2018-Jan 2019.
  • Rakshantha Rao, TISS Hyderabad, May-June 2018.
  • 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

  • Social Science Research Methodology (with Dr Malini Tantri), Part A of Ph.D. program, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, 2021-22.

  • Urbanization Module for Development Studies – Theories and Policies, Part A of Ph.D. program in Urban Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, 2016-17.

  • 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

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Area Development and Policy (Taylor & Francis), January 2019

  •  Member, Editorial Board, Urban India (published by India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs), December 2018

  • Review Editor, and Member, Editorial Board, Urban Science, February 2017 (https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/built-environment/sections/urban-science#editorial-board).

  • Expert Member, Chapters on "Urban Development," and “Housing,” Government of Karnataka’s Economic Survey, 2012-13, 2013-14.

  • Member, Expert Group Committee, Government of Karnataka, to monitor the quality of Urban Development sector paper for the 12th Five Year Plan Approach Paper, January-July 2012.

  • Nominated by Public Affairs Centre to the IDRC Think Tank Initiative Exchange 2012: Enabling Success, Cape Town, South Africa, June 16-18, 2012; Mysore, March 4-6, 2012.

  • Member, Karnataka JNNURM Community Participation Fund Sanction Committee, September 2010.

  • Advisor, Public Affairs Foundation, April 2008-March 2009

  •  Editor, Newsletter, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, India, 2003-08.

  • Editor, Working Paper Series, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, India, 2003-04.

On-going Research
  • Sridhar, Kala S., and Vishal, R. Determinants of own revenues in urban local bodies: Evidence from an Indian state (under review)
  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, Urbanization, and Covid-19 prevalence in India (under review)
  • Sridhar, Kala S. Have India’s cities become flat? (Under review)
  • Sridhar, Kala S. Are sprawling cities culprits of carbon emissions? Evidence from India’s districts
Research Projects Completed
  • Sridhar, Kala S. Economic benefits of the metro and relaxed land use regulations: Evidence from Bengaluru, Asian Development Bank, Revised final report, February 2021.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Urban primacy in Karnataka: Infrastructure, policy and the dispersal of jobs, Inception report, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), Government of Karnataka, October 2020.

  • Sridhar, Kala S. Cities and Economic Dynamism: Challenges and Opportunities, Background Country Studies – India, Asian Development Bank, Revised final report, June2019.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, S.Manasi, N.Latha K.C.Smitha, and Rakshantha Rao (2018), Sustainable finances for Karnataka’s cities: Viable options, City Managers’ Association of Karnataka, Final report, August.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, K.C.Smitha and N.Latha (2018), The story of an Indian metropolis revisited, Azim Premji University Research Grants Foundation, Final report, June.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, S. Manasi, K.C.Smitha and N.Latha (2018), Will Bengaluru become smart or livable? Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), Final report, April.

  • 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 51, August.

  • Sridhar, Kala Seetharam, and K.C.Smitha (2016), The Urban Transport Governance Initiative (TGI) Toolkit: Pilot from Karnataka’s Cities, Final report, Institute for Social and Economic Change, September.

  • 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
  • Principal nominee, Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship (Research-Flex Award), 2020-21, United States India Educational Foundation, November 2019

  • Distinguished Chief Guest, International Interdisciplinary Conference on Business Studies and Social Sciences, Arnhem Business School, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, and Christ (Deemed to be University) School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, Bannerghatta Road Campus, Bangalore, December 13-14, 2019.

  • Invited participant, Fall School, School of the South of the World, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan, Italy, Nov 4-7, 2020; Nov 4-8, 2019

  • 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/).

  • Empanelled for the Visiting Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair Professor of Indian Studies (Economics) in Foreign Universities, August 2015

  • Invited speaker,Conference onUrbanization, Guizhou University of Finance and Economics, Tsinghua University, "Economics Research" Journal and China’s National Natural Science Foundation Project, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, People’s Republic of China, December 21-22, 2013(Declined due to personal reasons)

  • 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.

  • Invited expert and chapter writer on Solid Waste Management, for Third Global Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy (GOLD III) for the Asia Pacific Region, United Cities and Local Governments, March-September 2012

  • Recipient, Joint First Prize, Medals for Research on Development, Twelfth Global Development Conference, for “Innovative sources of development finance: The role of land in financing India’s large cities and comparisons with China,” Bogota, Colombia, January 13-15, 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gdnet/5357735664/in/photostream/)

  • Invited participant,Launch of the 2009 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report and 2010 MDG Theme Workshop, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Program and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, Manila, Philippines, February 17-18, 2010

  • Invited participant, Communication for Policy Influence: GDNet Research Communication Workshop Series, Global Development Network,Center for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 2009

  • Recipient, First Prize, Medal for Research on Development, Ninth Annual Global Development Conference, for “Impact of Land Use Regulations: Evidence from India’s Cities,” Brisbane, Australia, January 2008https://www.jica.go.jp/jica-ri/GDN/english/gdn/conference/conference09b.html

  • Medal semi-finalist, Medals for Research on Development, Seventh Annual Global Development Conference, for “Growth Centres, Economic Development and Governance: Evidence from India,” St.Petersburg, Russia, January 2006

  • Recipient, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 1997 (https://archives.huduser.gov/rrr/dissert.html)

  • One of three finalists, Eighth Annual Competition for The Charles.M.Tiebout Prize in Regional Science, Western Regional Science Association (WRSA), for “Tax Costs and Employment Benefits of Enterprise Zones,” Tucson, Arizona, USA, 1994

  • Nominated by the University of Iowa for the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Outstanding Student Award, 1992

Recent National Awards, Recognitions

  • Economist expert under Directory of Experts, National Resource Centre for Education (NRCE), August 2020 (http://www.nrce.niepa.ac.in/mod/page/view.php?id=1601)

  • Invited participant, Meeting with Fifteenth Finance Commission for economist meet, Bengaluru, June 24, 2019. • Invited expert panel member, Evaluation of Best Practices and Initiatives by Urban Local Bodies, City Managers’ Association of Karnataka, Bengaluru, January 19, 2019

  • Invited jury member. Consortium of Students in Management Research 2018, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, November 29, 2018.

  • Invited expert to comment on Devolution of Funds, Functions and Functionaries to Urban Local Bodies in Karnataka – A Pilot Study, Office of the Principal Accountant General, Government of Karnataka, Bengaluru, November 19, 2018.

  • Invited advisory committee member, “Sustainable Smart Cities India Summit 2018,” Swacchh Bharat Mission, Smart Cities India Foundation, City Managers Association (CMAK) Karnataka, Responsible Cities Foundation, FKCCI, Indian Institute of Energy Conservation, GRIHA, Bangalore, India, September 6-7, 2018.

  • Invited participant, Interaction programme with Karnataka’s Chief Minister, Prajavani, Bengaluru, February 28, 2018.

  • 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 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 member, Advisory council, Regional Studies Association India Division, June 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 participant, International consultation on Transport Governance Initiative, Parisar, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Embarq India, Bengaluru, August 17-18, 2015; Pune, April 6-7, 2015; New Delhi, July 12, 2014.

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

  • 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

  • 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 participant to discuss South Asia Urbanization Flagship initiative "Accessing Urbanization’s Benefits for Efficient and Inclusive Development,” World Bank’s Washington team, New Delhi, December 14, 2012.

  • Invited participant, Launch of India Infrastructure Report 2011, 3iNetwork, New Delhi, December 19, 2011 (Declined due to personal reasons)

  • Invited participant, Launch of the India Infrastructure Report 2010, 3iNetwork, New Delhi, October 20, 2010 • Invited expert, Consultation on Urban Studies Program, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India, September 18, 2007.

  • Invited member, Guidance to Project and Seminar on the Construction of National Transfer Accounts, Institute for Social and Economic Change and Nihon University Population Research Institute (Tokyo), United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), Bangalore, India, August 10, 2007.

  • Recipient, 2005 VKRV Rao Prize for Social Sciences (Economics), Institute for Social and Economic Change and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), January 2007 (http://www.isec.ac.in/vkrvraoprize.htm)

  • Recipient, Sir Ratan Tata Trust Visiting Fellowship, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, October 2006-March 2007

  • Invited participant, India Infrastructure Report 2007 Writers’ Workshop, 3i Network, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, April 12, 2006

  • Recipient, Sir Hugh Daly Memorial Gold Medal, M.A. (Economics), The University of Mysore, 1989

  • Recipient, Sir M. KantherajeUrs Gold Medal, M.A. (Economics), The University of Mysore, 1989

  • Recipient, N.S. Subbarao Memorial Prize, M.A. (Economics), The University of Mysore, 1989

  • Recipient, Weir Memorial Gold Medal, B.A., The University of Mysore, 1987

  • Recipient, National Merit Scholarship, State Government of Karnataka, 1982 and 1984

Recent Work with/Papers for Multilateral Organizations

  • Urban Economist, Asian Development Bank, September 2020-February 2021.

  • India Economist, Urbanization – Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018, September 2018-July 2019.

  • India Expert, Comparative urbanization in India and the People’s Republic of China, Asian Development Bank and Asian Development Bank Institute, Oct 2013-2017.

  • India Expert and Country Economist for project on Addressing Knowledge and Statistical Gaps in Relation to Poverty Reduction, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth, Asian Development Bank, November 2013-August 2014

  • Resource person, Knowledge Product on Inclusive Urban Development for South Asia, Asian Development Bank, December 2013-July 2014

  • Senior advisor, GDN (Global Development Network) project on Urbanization and Development,August 2012-February 2013

  • India Country Expert for project on Green Urbanization in Asia, Asian Development Bank, March-June 2012

  • Reviewer, Global Development Network, 2011 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (Theme: Urbanization and Development), February-March 2012

  • Consultant, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, December 2008-July 2009

  • Reviewer, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program, FY 1999, FY 2008, FY 2011

Professional Membership

  • Member, Regional Studies Association, 2019

  • Regional Science Association International (RSAI) (2018);

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

Professor
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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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