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India’s urban future: sustainability in rapidly growing cities

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - 28 June 2012, University of Warwick

Organised by The University of Warwick and CityForm-India International Network, sponsored by EPSRC

Research examining the relationship between the physical form of cities in developing countries and sustainability is limited, particularly in India. Planning, designing, creating and managing sustainable urban form is a critical factor in India due to the rising population growth, high urban densities and very limited resources. A key research challenge in achieving sustainability in Indian cities is the need to generate an empirical base which examines urban form and its effect on sustainability in an integrated, holistic way to provide a foundation for urban policy, future planning and implementation.

CityForm-India is an international research network which aims to help address that challenge. Over the last three years, academics and practitioners have worked together in a knowledge exchange network to improve understanding of sustainable urban form in the Indian context. This conference marks the culmination of these efforts and is a chance for the team to present findings from research carried out in two Indian cities.

Dr. Shibu Raman, University of Warwick and Nottingham University, Founder/Director of CityForm India;
Dr. Nicholas Falk, Director of URBED;
Prof. Dinesh Mehta, CEPT University;
Dr. Nicola Dempsey, University of Sheffield
Emeritus Prof. Mike Jenks; Oxford Brookes University


Time Details Speaker
09:00 Registration
09:45 Welcome Address Dr Shibu Raman, University of Warwick
10:00 Keynote Address Dr Nicholas Falk, URBED
10:30 Keynote Address TBC
11:00 Coffee/ tea
11:00 CityForm-India: sustainable urban form in India
The project in more detail
Dr. Shibu Raman, University of Warwick
Satmohini Ray, NIUA, New Delhi
Arpita Mathur Dayal, SPA, New Delhi
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Parallel Sessions Led By:
14:00 Session A: Poverty and Infrastructure Professor Dinesh Mehta, CEPT University
14:00 Session B: Governance and the planning system Dr Shibu Raman
14:00 Session C: Density, urban form and design Dr Nicola Dempsey, University of Sheffield
15:45 Coffee/ tea
16:15 Plenary session: what is India’s urban future? Chaired by Prof. Mike Jenks
16:45 Closing remarks and next steps Dr Shibu Raman
17:00 End of conference
18:00 Coffee/tea and networking - poster/photo exhibition

For more information or to register FREE for this conference, please contact:
India Foster,
Research Network Secretary / Tel: +44 02476 523166