The research interests are on the interrelations (complementing and conflicting) of the urban development and ecosystem conservation. My study of social-ecological system approach brings together the two decades of understanding the various aspects of urban lakes with respect to urban planning, design, governance, management and sustainability. The interest on the ‘collective action’ or in other words, ‘governance’ is at the core of this. The aspiration for equilibrium between applied and theoretical science to have better understanding of the society shall remain continuum. The fact that there is research in every project conceived in practice as well as in teaching makes the research experience more wholistic. Besides, engaging in multi-disciplinary as well as trans-disciplinary activities is fun and my forte.

Writings

Forthcoming

  • 2020. EBook. The D(development)s! that challenge the Urban Lake Conservation & Management in India. Indrastra Open Access…. read more
  • 2020. Book Chapter. An Institutional analysis of Gundalav Lake Governance. co-author Megha Sanjaliwala. In Shivakoti. G. et.al. ed., ‘Understanding Diversity and Dynamics of Natural Resources Governance and Management in South (Volume V)’, Elsevier…… read more
  • 2020. Book Chapter. Design Principles of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) towards a Peace Building Process between India and Pakistan. In Hans Gunter Brauch edited ‘Handbook on Sustainable Peace’ in Springer Nature….video
  • 2020. Book. Applications of a Social-ecological system Framework- Analysing urban lake governance and sustainability in India, in Series: Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences, Springer… read more

Published

  • 2020. E-Book Why resource governance fail? Case of Urban Lakes in India. Indrastra Open Access…. read more
  • 2018. Assessment of Interactive Governance at Anasagar Lake Management in India: Analysing using Institutional Analysis Development Framework. Book Chapter in Kenji Otsuka Ed. ‘Interactive Approaches to Water Governance in Asia’. Springer, Japan… read more
  • 2015. Social-ecological System Framework: Understanding urban lake governance and sustainability in India. PhD Dissertation at Erasmus University Rotterdam. (ISBN: 978-90-7011-65)… read more
  • 2014. The ‘Adat’ Institution and the Management of Grand Forest ‘Herman Yohannes’ in Indonesian Timor. co-authors J.A. van Ast and A. Widaryati, in Conservation and Society, Medknow Publications…. read more
  • 2013. Values connecting Societies and Water Systems’, co-authors J.A. van Ast and J.J. Bouma. Book chapter in Connective Capacity, in Water Governance edited by Jurian Edelenbos, Nanny Bressers, and Peter Scholten, Ashgate…. read more
  • 2013. Sustainability of Urban Lakes: Role of Values in Lake Governance in Ahmedabad, India, co-authors J.A. van Ast and J.J. Bouma. in Sociology Study, David Publishing… read more

Essays

  • 2015. Tanks and Water Management in Hyogo Prefecture, Field Essay for Hyogo University of Technical Education
  • 2015. Analysing Anasagar Lake System from a Social-ecological system approach. Research Fellowship Report Submitted to Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, RIHN, Kyoto, Japan.
  • 2013. Review of the Draft Lake Development Authority Bill, Government of Rajasthan, at EUR, Feb 2013.. read more
  • 2012. Emerging Crisis in Mansagar Lake Governance. A Re-Pronouncement of Death-Penalty for Mansagar Lake. Dedicated to the People of Jaipur through submission in the India Water Portal…. read more
  • 2011. Preliminary Report on Governing Lake Gurram Cheruvu in Hyderabad. Submitted to the Local Councilor of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Ms. Aisha Rubani.. read more

Media Outreach

  • 2019. Political will Needed to Effectively Efficiently Conserve Manage Water India…. read more
  • 2019. Future of Women’19…Video

Under Review

  • 2019. Book Chapter. What will it take to make Indian cities more Resilient? Experiment with Integrated Lake Basin Management at Indore. In Shivakoti. G. et.al. ed., ‘Understanding Diversity and Dynamics of Natural Resources Governance and Management in South (Volume V)’, Elsevier….. read more

Ongoing

  • 2019. E-book. Notes from Practical Tips to Urban Lakes Rejuvenation…. read more
  • 2019.Papers
  1. Typical Social Dilemmas that need direction in Rurban Lake Management: Case of Perception of People living around Thaltej Lakes in Ahmedabad, India. (with Gautamee Baviskar)
  2. Governing Principles of Inter-District Transboundary Lake Basin Management of Upper Godavari, Maharashtra, India  (with Gautamee Baviskar)
  3. People’s Participation in Water Share of Upper Godavari Basin, Maharashtra, India (with Gautamee Baviskar)
  4. Women in the Production of a Public Space in Ahmedabad (with Aditi Pancholi)
  5. Role of gender in shaping the Built Environment in India: a case study of Women Architects in Ahmedabad.
  6. Institutional Arrangement of the Indus Water Treaty, A Trans boundary Water Management between India-Pakistan (with Saima Ali)
  7. Land-Water dynamics in Polycentric Governance of Mansagar lake (with Megha Sanjaiiwala)
  8. Investigating the Impacts of Institutional Arrangements on the Adaptive Capacity of Social-Ecological Systems: The case of Urmia Lake Basin (Shahryar Ershad)*Papers 1-2 presented in Panel on ‘Gender Balance in the Commons Management Practices and Studies’ (with co-panelist Tine de Moore) in XVIIBiennial IASC-Conference ‘In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation and Action’ (Lima, Peru, July 1-5, 2019)….. read more

*Papers 6-8 presented in different Panels in XVII Biennial IASC-Conference ‘In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation and Action’ (Lima, Peru, July 1-5, 2019)….. read more

 

  • 2019-Manuscript. Women in Architecture in India…. video
  • 2018-Manuscript. Twenty Years of Urban Lakes in India…. read more
  • 2017-Manuscript. Ontology (Pattern Language) of Urban Lake Governance and Sustainability….. read more
  • 2016- Manuscript. Social-ecological aspects of the different typology of Public Open Space. Documentation of Public Open Spaces in Ahmedabad….. read more
  • 2019-Essays as Memoirs from Teaching
  1. Pedagogy: Supervising 16 Theses in Bachelor of Architecture.
  2. Pedagogy: Practical Tips to Writing a Thesis
  • 2018- Essays as Memoirs from Teaching
  1. Pedagogy: Working Paper Series on Research Seminar for Bachelor of Architecture.
  2. Pedagogy: Journalism of the Built Environment. Documentation of teaching and learning.
  3. Pedagogy: A Memoir of Urban Context Teaching and Learning.
  4. Pedagogy: Social Engineering and Art of Connecting Science with the Society
  5. Paper. Diagnosing Urban Lake Governance in India using Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis Development Framework, in Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier… read more
  6. Paper. Challenges to collective governance of urban CPR: A case of Mansagar Lake, in Urban Climate, Elsevier… read more

 

Interested in

 

Professional Reports

  • Vision Plan for Nau Chauki Pal, Rajsaamnd, for Rajsamand Municipality at EDC, May 2016
  • Conference Proceedings, Water and Wetland Workshop, Water and Wetland: Looking For Smart Solutions, 19 Mar 2016, MDS University Ajmer.
  • Institutional Analysis Development Framework of Urban Lake Governance in Indore: Case Studies of Lasudia Mori and Khajrana Lake, at EDC, Dec 2015
  • 20 Years of Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad, at EDC (in progress).
  • Review of the High Court Order dated 17th May 2012 on Mansagar Lake, at EUR, July 2012.
  • Report on Lake Gurram Cheruvu, Local Council Barkas area, Hyderabad, at EUR, May 2011.
  • Master Plan and Guidelines of Township Grassfield Farms and Resort, Jaipur, at EDC, May 2007.
  • Master Plan and Guidelines of Saurashtra University Campus, Rajkot, at EDC, June 2004
  • Ecological Upgradation and ISO 14001 of Morwad-Dharmeta marble mines, Rajsamand at EDC, June 2003
  • Development Strategies for Tourism growth in 5 towns of Suarashtra region: Dwarka, Junagarh, Palitana, Porbandar, Veraval- Patan, Gujarat, at CEPT, July 2002.
  • Master Plan for the Science and Technology Park of the Science City, Ahmedabad, at CEPT, May 2002.
  • Dwarka Urban Design Initiative, Dwarka, at CEPT, Jan 2002.
  • Rehabilitation of Social Amenities in earthquake affected villages of Bhachhau, Gujarat at CEPT, Oct 2001.
  • Master Plan for the Impact of Science City on Surrounding Development, Ahmedabad at CEPT, Aug 2000.
  • 1999. Environmental Assessment of Veraval Harbour Area (Physical Development), Veraval at CEPT, Oct 1999.

Papers/Articles in Conference, Workshop, Convention, Seminar, Magazine, Media

  • 2019. Panel Chair, Presentation, and Papers:
  1. Social-ecological Pattern Language of Urban Lake Conservation & Management in India (with Gautamee Baviskar)
  2. Women in the Production of a Public Space in Ahmedabad (with Aditi Pancholi)
  3. Role of gender in shaping the Built Environment in India: a case study of Women Architects in Ahmedabad

*Papers 1-2 presented in Panel on ‘Gender Balance in the Commons Management Practices and Studies’ (with co-panelist Tine de Moore) in XVII Biennial IASC-Conference ‘In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation and Action’ (Lima, Peru, July 1-5, 2019)….. read more

 

  • 2019. Papers:
  1. Institutional Arrangement of the Indus Water Treaty, A Transboundary Water Management between India-Pakistan (with Saima Ali)
  2. Land-Water dynamics in Polycentric Governance of Mansagar lake (with Megha Sanjaiiwala)
  3. Investigating the Impacts of Institutional Arrangements on the Adaptive Capacity of Social-Ecological Systems: The case of Urmia Lake Basin (Shahryar Ershad)

 

*Papers 1-3 presented in different Panels in XVII Biennial IASC-Conference ‘In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation and Action’ (Lima, Peru, July 1-5, 2019)….. read more

 

  • 2019. Presentation and Papers. 1. Women in Architecture Profession in India. 2. Women in the Production of a Public Space in Ahmedabad (with co-author Aditi Pancholi). Paper presented in 2ndInternational Conference on Future of Women ’19. (Colombo Srilanka, Feb 14–15, 2019).
  • 2018. Presentation & Panel Discussant. Crafting a Pedagogy for Architecture Thesis. In Symposium on ‘New Directions in Design based Research’. At Swarnim Startup & Innovation University, Gandhinagar, 15-16 Dec.
  • 2018. Presentation & Panel Discussant. ‘What will it take to make the Citizens Participate in the Cities Upkeep: Experience of Urban Lakes of India’. In Panel, ‘Urban Lakes: Challenges and Solutions’. At IWMI-TATA Conference on ‘Building Climate Resilience for Doubling Farmers Income’, NDDB Anand, 4-5 Dec.
  • 2018. Design Principles of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), towards a Peace Building Process between India and Pakistan. (Co-author, Saima S. Ali). In Panel, ‘Ecology, Conflict Risks, Forced Migration and Peace’. At IPRA General Conference 2018 on ‘Innovation for Sustainable Global Peace’. Ahmedabad, 24-28 Nov.
  • 2018. How to Bring Water into Mainstream Education? At ‘Empowering Cities and Citizens’ Conference. IHS Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 6-7 Nov.
  • 2018. Panel Chair. ‘Smart Cities: Safety and Public Spaces’. And Paper Presentation. Public Space and Safety. In Roundtable on Bonjour India Future Tour on ‘Smart Cities: Urban Planning, Architecture, and Design’, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, 24-25 Feb.
  • 2017. Paper. Fulbright Project: Ontology of Urban Lake System. In CBIE Seminar Series. At Arizona State University, Tempe, 24 Apr.
  • 2016. Assessment of Interactive Water Governance in India – A case of Anasagar Ajmer, at Seminar on Interactive Water Governance: Case Studies of Asia, 29 June 2016, IDE JETRO Chiba, Japan.
  • 2015. Opportunities and Challenges for (Japanese) Scholars to Engage in Environmental Governance in India at The 133th RIHN Seminar, Kyoto.. read more
  • 2016. Opportunities and Challenges of Doing a Research. Case study of SES and Urban Lake System, 14 June 2016, at Nirma University, Ahmedabad.
  • 2016. Governance and Inclusion in Transforming Cities. Focus on Opportunities and Challenges in the Climate Change and Environment Sector in India. Panel Coordinator, SPA-IHS- NL Embassy Urban Seminar, 12 May 2016, ITPI Delhi.
  • 2016. Analysing Anasagar from a Social-ecological system approach, at Water and Wetland: Looking For Smart Solutions, 19 Mar 2016, MDS University Ajmer. Host and Presenter.
  • 2015. The Upstream-Downstream Saga of Mansagar, Jaipur, at International Training Workshop on Converting Waste into Resource: Beneficial and safe Reuse of Waste and Wastewater in peri-urban Agriculture in India, 23-26 Nov. 2015, Udaipur
  • 2015. Participant and Academic Advisory in National Conference on Global Warming & Climate Change: A Way Out, 20-22 Nov. 2015, Bhopal.
  • 2015. Institutional structures to restore & conserve urban water bodies, at Urban Lakes Conservation Options, 08 Oct, 2015, Indore, as Participant and Advisor for the Project and Presenter.
  • 2015. Social-Ecological System Framework- Understanding urban lake governance and sustainability in India, at The 108th RIHN Seminar, Kyoto.. read more
  • 2014. The complex Science of Urban Lake Systems, at the International Conference on Lakes and Wetlands, 20 Feb 2014, EPCO, Bhopal.
  • 2013. Understanding Mansagar Lake Governance using Social-Ecological Systems (SES) Framework, at 14th IASC Conference, June 2-7, 2013 Kitafuji, Japan.
  • 2013. People’ perception on Mansagar Lake, Posters and Annual magazine of 16th Bird Fair by Tourism and Wildlife Society of India, Jaipur, February 4-5, 2013. pp 11-14.
  • 2013. SES Framework and Understanding Governing Urban Lake Systems in India, at Economic of Infrastructure Seminars, Faculty of TPM, TU Delft.
  • 2012. Water and water bodies Management in Urban India, at Working Conference on Urban Developments and Emerging Issues of Inclusion, Governance and Sustainability in India, IHS Rotterdam, 21-22 Sep 2012
  • Ground challenges to collective governance of urban lakes in India, at 4th European Consortium for Political Research Graduate Student Conference in Bremen, 4-6 July.
  • Challenges to collective governance of urban CPR, at Planet under Pressure Conference, London, UK, 25-28 March 2012.
  • Collective Action towards Ecological Performance of Mansagar Lake, at Mini Conference in Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Bloomington, USA , 11-14 Dec2011.
  • Towards Sustainability of Urban Lake Systems in India: A close look at the current lake Governance approach at Visiting Scholar Seminar Series in Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Bloomington, USA, 19 Sep 2011.
  • 2010-2011. Columnist in Erasmus Magazine, International Page. Academic Year 2010-2011. 10 Issues from September 2010-June 2011.
  • Towards sustainability of urban lake systems in India: A governance perspective, at GOCS Research Group in Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University, 22 Apr 2011.
  • Sustainability of Water Resource Systems In India: Role of Value in Urban Lake Governance In Ahmedabad, at 13th IASC Conference, Hyderabad, India, 7-11 January 2011.
  • Governing Values of Water Systems in The Netherlands and in India, at Netherlands Institute of Governance, Maastricht, NL, 23-25 November 2010.
  • Rotterdam Global Urban Summit on Sustainable Development, Rotterdam, 3-4’Sep 2010.
  • In conversation with Elinor Ostrom at the 13th Economics of Infrastructure Conference, TU Delft, NL, 27-28’May 2010.
  • Governance of Urban lake systems in India, at 2nd International River Festival, Hoshangabad, India, 21-23 Mar 2010.
  • Urban Lake Management In Ahmedabad: Ostrom’s SES Framework as a Starting Point, at AUC‐EUR, Sustainable Development Workshop, Cairo, Egypt, 27-29 Oct 2010.
  • Managing Public Open Spaces: Beyond Planning and Design, Workshop Coordinator at Department of Landscape Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, 7 Jan 2010.
  • GBSM Congress- Water: Public right or Economic good, Erasmus University, 12 Dec 2009.
  • 10th N-AERUS Conference, IHS, Rotterdam, 5-6 Oct 2009.
  • Looking at the Institutions and Governance of Urban Lake Management in India, at Workshop on De- and Re-Regulation of The Network Industries, Delft, Netherlands, 20-24 April 2009.
  • Representing IHS at Habitat Business Forum on ‘Innovative Cities’, New Delhi, 9 July 2009.
  • Saving the Lakes of Bangalore, Bangalore, India 28 July 2009.
  • Ways To Pedestrianize Ahmedabad, in Times of India, Daily Newspaper, Ahmedabad, Nov 2008.
  • Business Proposal for IHS-Alumni Association, at IHS Networking event in World Urban Forum- 4, Nanjing, China, 28-30 Oct 2008.
  • ‘Cities are more important than countries’ and ‘Safer Cities Programme’, Panel Member and Training Assistant to IHS Rotterdam, at World Urban Forum- 4, Nanjing, 28-30 Oct 2008.
  • Redevelopment of Old Housing Societies- Issues Related To Dissenting Members, in Mumbai Times, Daily Newspaper, Mumbai and India Today Weekly Magazine 3 Oct 2007.
  • Sustainable Human Habitat, International Workshop at School of Architecture, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, Oct 2006.
  • International workshop on ‘Urban and City Design Curriculum Development’, in the EU funded Asia Link Programme, Workshop Coordinator, at CEPT, Ahmedabad 12-15 January 2005.
  • Workshop on ‘Rain water Harvesting and Urban Lakes’, Exhibition of Work, at Centre for Environment Education CEE, Ahmedabad, 28-29 January 2004.
  • Workshop on ‘Site Planning with Prof. Ravindra Bhan’, Workshop Coordinator, at Department of Urban Design, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, 10-12 Dec 2003.
  • 1999-2001. Open Spaces in the Urban System, Talavadis (Lakes) as Opportunity, in Architect and Builder Magazine, India; in Gujarati Weekly ‘Abhiyan’ of Abhiyan Press and Publication Ltd.; in ‘Chitralekha; and in Times of India, Daily Newspaper, Ahmedabad, July 1999-Jan’ 2001.
  • 1999. Conceptual Plan for Re-densification of Sector 22, Chandigarh, in Mansar, Annual Magazine of Vastu-Shilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad, July 1999.
  • 1999. Re-densification of Sector 22 Chandigarh- Urban Design Approach, Poster Exhibition and Presentation at the International Convention on ‘Chandigarh, Celebrating its 50 years’ at Chandigarh University, Jan 1999, Chandigarh.
  • 1991-1992. Architectural Designs of House and College of Arts, in Journal of National Association of Student Architecture NASA, India.

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