collaboratively conducts research on urban informal processes and the tacit knowledge integral in them from multiple vantage points in the relational geographies of settlement, housing, and economies, with the eventual goal of incorporating that understanding into knowledge systems that support policy-making.
We are a group of economists, geographers, urban planners, architects, sociologists and ethnographers building on the on the synergies of long term engagements among the four institutions of CPR, HUL, IIHS and TISS respectively.
TURN hosts monthly network-level workshops, organized to provide researchers a platform to not only converse about outcomes of research but also identify synergies in their processes, methods and theoretical frameworks.
By Iain Payne on March 12th 2020
Faced with the profusion of illegal construction in Vasai Virar on the northernmost periphery of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, civil bureaucrats in the Vasai Virar City Municipal Corporation (VVCMC) must integrate the official logics of property and law with tacit ‘extra-legal’ knowledge and discretion to construct, and at times deconstruct, the city. These informal logics […]
By Kedar Nagarajan on March 12th 2020
Plot 138 A & B in Mankhurd is the site for what was meant to be temporary housing for people displaced due to the Mumbai Urban Transport Project II. Originally constructed to house these displaced residents before allotting them permanent tenements, it has turned into a permanent home not just for those displaced by MUTP […]
With a quarter of the urbanizable population of the world, India is clearly one of the main sites where 21st century urban transformation will play out. Will this urban transformation follow well-trodden paths, and if not, what paths will it follow?
CPR has been one of India’s leading public policy think tanks since 1973
IIHS is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements.
HUL conducts research on urban issues in a way that would bridge the gap between academic urban research and life at ground zero.