July 15, 2020
Don’t blame dense cities. They have been resilient
Vaidehi Tandel and Reuben Abraham explain that it is not density, but socioeconomic factors, state capacity, and lack of experience which explain case load...
May 31, 2020
After the Lockdown Lifts, We Need to Make Cities Liveable for Migrants
Patrick Lamson-Hall and Harshita Agarwal point out how cities need to be made liveable for India’s migrant and informal workers. Improvements across sanitation and sewage systems, quality of housing and jobs support are needed.
February 24, 2020
Cracks are showing in the housing market. Reforms are way to go
Existing housing policies are responsible for keeping housing out of reach for many urban Indian residents. In this article for moneycontrol.com, Vaidehi Tandel, Isalyne Gennaro and Mehul Das make a case for urgent reforms in the Indian housing se...
February 20, 2020
Fix the issues that plague the Indian housing market | Opinion
What plagues India’s housing market? CEO and Senior Fellow, Reuben Abraham and Director and Research Fellow, Pritika Hingorani look at the conceptual fallacies and implications of capping Floor Space Index (FSI), the ratio of floor space that can b...
February 20, 2020
30-minutes commute takes over an hour in peak time in Mumbai
The Times of India reviewed our study on urban mobility where we calculate average commute times and identify exact traffic chokepoints in Mumbai using Uber movement data.
February 05, 2020
The costs of congestion: A case study of Mumbai
From economic efficiency to environmental damage, citizens pay a heavy price. There are ways to address this.
January 26, 2020
Why India has the fastest-growing cities
What explains the rapid urbanisation in Kerala? Vaidehi Tandel, Kadambari Shah and Harshita Agrawal at the IDFC Institute look into the reasons and the implications for governance.
June 19, 2019
Fast Fact: The average commuter wastes 11 days a year in Mumbai traffic
The average 30-minute drive in Mumbai more than doubles to 66 minutes due to the city’s notoriously congested roads, according to IDFC Institute’s analysis of more than 53 million Uber Movement data points.
January 31, 2018
Skyscrapers and Slums: What's Driving Mumbai's Housing Crisis?
Mumbai, India is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with limited available land. So why isn’t it covered in skyscrapers to make the most of available space?
May 31, 2017
A Literary Diagnosis of Urban Poverty in Mumbai, Delhi and Beyond
Amidst the teeming population in cities, migrants are housed in slum dwellings or one-room occupancies, employed in unskilled jobs in the informal sector, and dependent on inadequate public infrastructure. Yet living in the city serves as a mark of p...