September 04, 2017
How to Kill Cities: A Primer on Unsmart Policies
In this New Indian Express article, Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Fellow, IDFC Institute talks about the key issues in urban governance that plague Indian cities, using the backdrop of the recent flash floods that brought life in the country's financial c...
September 01, 2017
Analysis of Satellite Imagery for Volume II of the Economic Survey 2017
Excerpts of our work on mapping India's urbanisation over four decades using satellite imagery that was included in Volume II of the Economic Survey released by the Union Ministry of Finance in August 2017.
October 13, 2016
What Globalisation & Urbanisation Mean for Cities
The seven types of global cities driving the world economy.
September 15, 2016
Moving Towards Better Definitions of ‘Urban’ in India
It is important to recognise and fix the flaws in the current method of defining urban areas as it forms the basis for important policies such as eligibility for government schemes.
July 06, 2016
Recognizing Urban India
The article highlights the importance of identifying India as an increasingly urbanising country
June 20, 2016
On Fixing India's Urban Growth
Ruchir Sharma writes that India has a big problem, and it’s got to do with small cities.
June 16, 2016
Reclassification of Urban
Skewed projections of non-rural populations have affected economic planning.
June 10, 2016
The New Urban Agenda must Recognize the Importance of Intermediary Cities
The story of the coming urban explosion is one of the rise of medium-sized cities. But the world’s planners and authorities have yet to accept this fact.
June 03, 2016
The Problem with India's Urban-Rural Classification
The flawed definition of urban in India has serious consequences for service delivery and resource allocation.
May 10, 2016
Shenzhen: from Rural Village to the World's Largest Megalopolis
The story of how Shenzhen, an "unremarkable Chinese settlement that ‘smelled of countryside’" became the world's largest megalopolis