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"Use grounded research to influence action"
An architect-urban planner, driven by a desire to undertake action oriented research to influence change on the ground.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mumbai and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University, New York. I have worked for 9 years’ in architecture, research, urban planning and design in the USA and India.
A significant amount of my work has been with academic institutions, non-profit organizations and briefly with the private sector. This broad range of experience has enabled me to understand the specific challenges of each type of practice – be it the challenges of pure research and disconnect with practice, lack of resources, challenges of building cross-class coalitions or capacity and information when working with civil society organizations. Previously unconsciously and now consciously, my work aims to undertake critical research to influence planning practice and question what shape would advocacy planning take in a country like India.
The objective of this proposal is to enable secure and affordable access to girls (and boys) in municipal schools in urban areas. Through a participatory process involving students, parents, school administration and local corporators, the project ai
One of the biggest challenges that advocacy groups face is knowing what others are doing, what has been done, what has worked, not worked etc.
International organizations have created resource portals of initiatives they have funded. I joined the
Dear Anne-Laure, Many many thanks! We are excited. Yes, I think over the next two weeks, we will sit down to outline key activities to enable prototyping early on; components of the toolkit and how to achieve impact.
Hi Evan, Yes, EMBARQ India is working 10 city bus agencies across India. http://embarqindia.org/bus-karo-programme
To effectively serve as a pilot, we would have to split our idea into three activities. We would have to create toolkits on (i) how to implement women-only bus doors and (ii) conduct safety assessments of bus transport infrastructure (terminal and a bus shelter)
These will be shared and work-shopped through our capacity building programs. http://embarqindia.org/ASRTU+Guwahati
This can be done within the first 9 months or so.
Meanwhile the testing of the communication and feedback strategy in Mumbai might take longer. This in our experience is likely to happen with any city / state / national governments generally.