Prof. Tathagata Chatterji

Professor, Urban Management & Governance
PhD (Univ. of Queensland), M.Arch (Kent State Univ)
School: Xavier School of Human Settlement (XAHS)
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Teaching Interests

Urban Policies and Institutions, Land Management and Development Control, Theoretical Foundations of Sustainable Urbanisation, Urban Environment and Climate Change, Urban Economic Development

Research Interests

Comparative urban governance, urban policies and institutions, urban economic competitiveness, Smart cities; Climate change, and Role of cities in global arena

Administrative Responsibilities

Organising Urban Management and Governance Colloquiums - coordinate with guest speakers. Placement coordinator for Summer Internship Programs, Administrative Coordination of the 1st and 2nd Annual Rainbow Cities Summit; Organised workshop on Smart cities through collaboration with Manchester University; Spread awareness about the UMG program in planning and architectural institutes

Member in Editorial Board

Frontiers in Sustainable Cities - Associate Editor (Urban Governance)

Other Membership

Member Planning Institute of Australia, Fellow Institute of Urban Designers India, Member International Society of City and Regional Planners

Research & Publications


2019, JOURNAL: New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times, Routledge, Taylor & Francis group, UK

2017, JOURNAL: Digital urbanism in a transitional economy – a review of India’s municipal e-governance policy, Taylor and Francis UK

2016, JOURNAL: From Margin to Mainstream: Informal Street Vendors and Local Politics in Kolkata, India, Univerite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France

2016, JOURNAL: Modes of Governance and Local Economic Development: An Integrated Framework for Comparative Analysis of the Globalizing Cities of India, Sage Publications, USA


2016, Book: Globalisation at the Peri-urban Interface – A comparative analysis of the governance characteristics of three Indian cities, Copal Publishing, India

2015, Book: Citadels of Glass – The Story of India’s New Suburban Landscape, Westland Books, India

#Book Edited

2019, BookEdit: Actioning the Global Goals for Local Impact, Springer Nature, Singapore

#Book Chapter

2019, Chapter: Regional Planning for Sustainable Land Use in India, ORF and Global Policy Journal

2019, Chapter: Actioning the Global Goals for Local Impact, Springer Nature, Singapore

2018, Chapter: Global Planning Innovations for Urban Sustainability, Routledge, Taylor & Francis group, UK,Link

2016, Chapter: Urban and Regional Planning Education Learning for India, Springer, Singapore


2020, Conference-Attended: Localisation of Global Sustainability Goals through Urban Local Bodies: Governance and Management Dimensions, Venue: CIDCO Convention Centre, Navi Mumbai,

2019, Conference-Attended: Comparative analysis of Indian and South African district planning frameworks, Venue: Jakarta, Indonesian Association of Planners

2019, Conference-Conducted: Track - 2: Planning for balance - besides the megacity, Venue: Jakarta, Indonesian Association of Planners

2019, Conference-Attended: Managing Local Sustainability to Meet Global Targets Mainstreaming Sustainability Discourse in Urban Management, Venue: Xavier University Bhubaneswar

2019, Conference-Attended: Recent global policy discourses orchestrated under the aegis of the United Nations, such as the Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030) and the New Urban Agenda of UN-Habitat - stress upon the need , Venue: Xavier University Bhubaneswar

2018, Conference-Attended: India's smart city policy and modular approach towards urban management, Venue: University of Cardiff, UK

2018, Conference-Attended: Local Governance Restructuring and Urban Policy Reforms in India, Venue: University of Lisbon, Portugal

2018, Conference-Attended: Regional Planning in India, Venue: ORF New Delhi

2017, Conference-Attended: Smart City Initiative in India: A Policy Review, Venue: Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, Singapore

2017, Conference-Attended: Smart City and Smart Governance, Venue: Bhubaneswar

2017, Conference-Conducted: Smart Sustainable and Inclusive Cities, Venue: XUB, sponsored by University of Manchester


1, Training-Conducted: Smart Sustainable and Inclusive Cities - Stakeholder Consulation Workshop, Venue: Bhubaneswar, sponsored by University of Manchester

Directorial / Advisory Position

Nominated as Member Technology Needs Assessment Sub-Committee for the Habitat Sector for preparation of Third National Communication and Biennial Update Report for submission to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India,TIFAC, Dept. of Science & Technology, Vishwakarma Bhavan (IIT Delhi Campus), Saheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi 110016,Duration: 24-1-2017 to 31 March 2018

Writing in Mass Media

2019: Focus on small towns to generate rural jobs: Link1    Open Attachment

2018: How Indian Cities are Squeezing the People out of Public Spaces: Link1

2018: The National Urban Policy Is a Great Opportunity for Course-Correction: Link1

2018: Envisioning a Humane Urban Policy for India: Link1

2016: With UN’s Roadmap to Urbanisation in Hand, It Is Time for India to Transform Its Urban Policy: Link1

2016: The New Urban Agenda: Link1

Work Experience

Held senior managerial positions in multinational consulting companies and gained over two decades of years of rich international experience in the urban development sector.


Creative writing