Renewing Indian Cities: Challenges of Urbanisation and Development

Public lecture of the LSE Cities public lectures series hosted by LSE Cities

Indian cities have been at the centre of the country’s remarkable rise over the last two decades.  They have offered opportunities for growth, innovation, entrepreneurship, cultural expression, social change and greater personal freedom. Yet, they have also been mired by lacking public services, inadequate infrastructure, and poor living conditions for significant portions of their citizens.

Nisha Singh, Joint Secretary, Indian Ministry of Urban Development, gave a lecture which reflected on the opportunities and challenges of renewing Indian cities at this critical juncture, before the second phase of a major national urban initiative.


    Nisha Singh

    Nisha Singh is Joint Secretary, Indian Ministry of Urban Development and Mission Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission

    Philipp Rode

    Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher, consultant and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities, and on sustainable urban development, transport and mobility. Rode is co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has co-led the United Nations Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).