May 28, 2018
Night Lights Reveal A Lot About the Indian Economy
While Connaught Place in Delhi or Bandra in Mumbai generate annual GDP in excess of $120 million, that figure plunges to less than $20 million in the fringes of even the leading cities.
February 16, 2018
Mumbai's Rent Control Problem
Mumbai is a poster child for all the harmful ways in which rent control affects the liveability of a city.
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?
September 28, 2017
Why 87% Of Delhi Homes Start Worrying If Women Are Not Home By 9pm
This article on crime and safety in India looks at households’ perceptions of safety in the four cities and behavioural changes they may have adopted to keep themselves safe.
September 27, 2017
Why 92% Thefts In Indian Metros Are Not Reported
Only 6-8% of victims of theft in four major Indian cities lodged a first information report (FIR) with the police, according to a new study. The remaining 92-94% are not reflected in any official record.
September 20, 2017
Archaic law means no rooms to rent for migrant workers flocking to India's cities
With few affordable homes being built, ancient apartment blocks like the one that collapsed last month are the only option for many of Mumbai's migrant workers
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...
August 16, 2017
Bimal Patel on City Planning
What Gujarat’s Been Getting Right For 75 Years And Whether There’s Hope For Mumbai
August 14, 2017
Towards Building a People’s Police
Robert Peel laid the foundation for future police forces way back in 1829, which continues to guide them even now.
May 31, 2017
The Paradox of India’s Vacant Houses
15% of Mumbai's housing stock lies vacant. Here, the slums are full but thousands of homes lie vacant.