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By on September 30, 2015


Name of university

National Institute of Urban Affairs, India (NIUA)

South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub

New Delhi, India

+91 11 24643284/24617517

Official Focal Point
Dr.Debjani Ghosh dghosh@niu.org

Alternate Focal Point
Dr. Ajith Kaliyath akaliyath@niua.org

Signee, Expression of Interest
Prof.Jagan Shah, Director jshah@niua.org



National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is a premier institute for research, capacity building and dissemination of knowledge for the urban sector in India. It conducts research on urbanization, urban policy and planning, municipal finance and governance, land economics, transit oriented development, urban livelihoods, environment & climate change and smart cities.

The institute was set up to bridge the gap between research and practice, and to provide critical and objective analyses of trends and prospects for urban development. NIUA has assisted in policy formulation and programme appraisal and monitoring for the Ministry of Urban Development, state governments, multilateral agencies and other private organizations. It contributed to the National Commission on Urbanisation, participated in drafting the 74th Constitutional Amendment of 1992, prepared the Draft National Urban Policy and other documents for the roll out of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). It also guided the discourse on municipal finance by framing the Model Municipal Law.

Promoting integrated solutions for urban India.

To develop new research and expertise for supporting effective innovations in the urban sector and their dissemination through knowledge exchange, training and capacity development.

Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
Identified areas for possible collaboration:

1. NIUA to set up a Habitat UNI focal point under South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub. This focal point to facilitate exchanges between UNI partners and universities in south Asia. The dialogues and workshops orhanised by the K-Hub to enable wider visibility for UNI. This can facilitate two way information flow between universities in South Asia and UN-Habitat apart from creating opportunities for scholars from the region.

2. Cooperation for revising planning curricula in the region. Under the EDB programme, NIUA is entrusted with the task of reviewing the curricula of planning schools in India. The universities in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also working towards the same objective of updating the planning curricula by incoprorating emerhging areas of scholarship. Support of UNI will facilitate a better efficacy and deeper impact for this intervention.

3. Facilitating regular information exchange and joint programmes between NIUA and UN-Habitat in areas related to the City Prosperity Initiative, GLTN and urban data.

4. Organise regional dialogues of partner universities in south Asia. As a think tank with regional footprint, NIUA can organise dialogues with universities in South Asia.

5. Set up a City Prosperity Research Hub for South Asia.

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Youth
  • Water
  • Social Inclusion
  • Slum Upgrading
  • Sanitation
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Design
  • Mobility
  • Legislation
  • Land
  • Information and Monitoring
  • Governance
  • Environment
  • Economy
  • Climate Change
  • Capacity Development