The State of Cities – #CityConversations

A #WebPolicyTalk series by the #IMPRI Center for Habitat, Urban, and Regional Studies (CHURS)

As per the recent World Bank Report, India’s urbanization is messy and hidden. The impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic have laid bare the shortcomings of Indian cities in addressing urban densification and inadequate provision of urban basic services including drinking water and sanitation. Especially the population living in slums and peri-urban areas stand particularly vulnerable to diseases like the COVID-19. Health experts have opined that the citizens need to think in terms of living with this virus for at least two years. The COVID-19 pandemic has already significantly altered urban life in terms of peoples’ movement and mode of work and the fate of millions of small businesses and workers that make cities. Public debates and discussions are increasingly addressing the urgent need to rethink the way we organize cities, design economic activities, and set up decision-making processes at different scales. It is important to know how cities can better respond to current and future crises. 

With the above background, the #IMPRI Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS) is carrying out a discussion series called The State of Cities – #CityConversations to engage with experts on urban and regional studies, who share their insights on urbanization and challenges towards sustainable and inclusive cities.

The #WebPolicyTalks are conducted via Zoom webinars and streamed live on Facebook. The event video is available on the IMPRI YouTube Channel, thereafter. A recording of the session is also available on the #WebPolicyTalk: Live at IMPRI podcast, on Spotify and Google Podcasts. An event report is published based on the deliberations and wider dissemination takes place through media coverage.

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The audience is composed mostly of policymakers, practitioners, researchers, faculty, and University and college students across India and other countries. 

The outcome of the deliberations is disseminated through various social media platforms and media outlets and is aimed at contributing to the future courses of action for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and civil society organizations.

Below is the list of #CityConversations events, along with links to the relevant details:

#CityConversations – Events

Rethinking City Governance amid COVID 19

Panel Discussion
Re-thinking City Governance Amid COVID-19
19 June, 2020 | 5:00 PM
Panelists : Shipra Maitra | Bharathy Jayaprakash | Raj Cherubal | Irudaya Rajan | Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | K Mangaleswaran | N Rajavel | Simi Mehta
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz | Counterview | Delhi Post

Panel Discussion
Non-Ownership Housing in the Glocalised Real Estate Market
8 August, 2020 | 2:30 PM
Panelists : Darshini Mahadevia | Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Akshaya K Sen | Piyush Tiwari | Sameer Unhale | Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Mukta Naik | Dhaval Monani | Pavan Dixit | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth ki Awaaz | Delhi Post | Counterview.net

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Tikender Pawar CityConversations with Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay

Urban Practice in Post-COVID-19 Era
13 October 2020 | 11:30 AM
Speaker: Tikender Panwar
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Sameer Unhale | Arjun Kumar | Simi Mehta
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

The State of Finances of Cities in India
15 October, 2020 | 6:30 PM
Speaker: Ravikant Joshi
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Simi Mehta | Sunidhi Agarwal
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Prof Tathagata Chatterji CityConversations with Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay


Governance of Smart Cities or Smart Governance?
19 October, 2020 | 5:00 PM
Speaker: Tathagata Chatterji
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Sunidhi Agarwal
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Indrastra | Youth Ki Awaaz


How can local be made vocal in city governance
28 October, 2020 | 3:30 PM
Speaker: M Ramachandran
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: The Pioneer | Opinion Express | Youth Ki Awaaz

How can Local be made Vocal Dr M Ramachandran
CityConversations Expectations from Master Plan for Delhi MPD 2041


Expectations from Master Plan for Delhi (MPD) – 2041
11 November, 2020 | 6:30 PM
Speaker : Rumi Aijaz
Panelist : Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Shipra Maitra | Shyamala Mani | Arvind Unni | Simi Mehta | Sameer Unhale
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz


Enabling Comprehensive Urban Environmental Framework in Indian Cities
18 November, 2020 | 4:00 PM
Speaker: Jenia Mukherjee
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Sameer Unhale | Simi Mehta
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Indrastra | Youth Ki Awaaz

Enabling Comprehensive Urban Environmental Framework in Indian Cities Significance Challenges and the Way Forward amidst COVID 19 Pandemic
Dr Natasha Cornea CityConversations with Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay


Everyday Governance in Indian Cities
19 November, 2020 | 6:30 PM
Speaker: Natasha Cornea
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz


Assorted City- A Reading of Contemporary Indian Urbanity
10 December 2020 | 2:30 PM
Speaker: Suptendu P. Biswas
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

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Priya Deshingkar Invisible Migrants and Hidden Occupations in the City Lessons for Research and Policy


Invisible Migrants and Hidden Occupations in the City
26 November 2020 | 6:30 PM
Speaker: Priya Deshingkar
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | R B Bhagat | Sameer Unhale | Arup Mitra | Nabeela Ahmed | Simi Mehta | P C Mohanan | Ziming Li | Utpal K De
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz


An Additional Anathema for Our Cities and Policy Directions
7 December, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Speaker: Kala Seetharam Sridhar
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Ziming Li
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

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Transforming (Urban) India— bit by bit
10 December, 2020 | 2:30 PM
Speaker: Jagan Shah
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Mukta Naik | Deepty Jain
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz


Disasters Beyond the City
16 December, 2020 | 8:30 PM
Speaker: Andrew Rumbach
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Abhinav Alakshendra | Binayak Sundas | Dhiraj Burman | Ruma Kundu | Sunidhi Agarwal
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

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Slum-urbanisation in South Asia: The Experience of Kolkata
17 December 2020 | 2:30 PM
Speaker: Mahalaya Chatterjee
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Souvanic Roy
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz


Has the Urban been Depoliticized?
18 December, 2020 | 8:30 PM
Speaker: Nipesh P Narayanan
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | P Sridhar | Sameer Unhale
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

Nipesh P Narayan CityConversations with Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
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Can the migrant be heard by our cities? Migration, Exclusionary Urbanisation and the Precarious State of Affairs
22 December 2020 | 5 PM
Speaker: Ashima Sood
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | R B Bhagat | Gopa Samantha
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz


Urban Governance in China and India
7 January, 2021 | 8:30 PM
Speaker: Xuefei Ren
Panelist: Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Akshay K Sen | Kala Sridhar | Ziming Li | Sayli Udas Manikakar | Sameer Unhale
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz | IndraStra Global

Xuefei Ren CityConversations Slum urbanisation in South Asia The Experience of Kolkata

Kirtee Shah Towards New Indias Urban Transformation What needs to change 4

Special Lecture
Towards New India’s Urban Transformation: What needs to change?
16 January, 2021 | 5 PM
Speaker: Kirtee Shah
Panelists: Rajeev Gowda | Shyamala Mani| Anant Maringanti | Tathagata Chatterji | Tikender Panwar | Sameer Unhale | Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz


Thinking Ecologically about Development in India’s Cities
21 January, 2021 | 5 PM
Speaker: Harini Nagendra
Panelists: Sucharita Sen | Jenia Mukherjee | Sameer Unhale | Simi Mehta | Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

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Panelists Thinking Ecologically about Development in Indias Cities


Inclusive Urbanisation amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Participatory Research Methodology Makes a Difference
22 January, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Rajesh Tandon
Panelists: M Ramachandran | Chetan Vaidya | Jyoti Chandiramani | Sameer Unhale | Soumyadip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth ki Awaaz

Special Lecture
Urban employment and social policy in the wake of COVID-19
28 January, 2021 | 5 PM
Speaker: Amit Basole
Panelists:  Santosh Mehrotra | Neeraj V Prasad | Sameer Unhale | Urvashi Prasad | Varun Aggarwal | Chandan Kumar | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz | Counterview.org

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The Status Quo in India’s Cities: How to break it?
1 March, 2021 | 6 PM
Speakers: Srikanth Viswanathan | Srinivas Alavilli
Panelists: Tathagata Chatterji | Shubhagato Dasgupta | Lalitha Kamath | Sameer Unhale | Tikender Singh Panwar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

Special Lecture
The State of Real Estate and Housing in India amidst COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact and Way Forward
13 March, 2021 | 11 AM
Speaker: P S N Rao
Panelists: Amita Bhide | Akshay K Sen | Pavan Dixit | Dhaval Monani | Sameer Unhale | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Media Coverage: Counterview | Youth Ki Awaaz

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Infrastructuring the City: Trajectories of violence
7 April, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Speaker: Deljana Iossifova
Panelists: Soumaydip Chattopadhyay | Darshini Mahadevia | Kala Sridhar | Ambika Viswanath | Rumi Aijaz | Sameer Unhale | Ziming Li | Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts
Media Coverage: Counterview | Daily Mail India

Re-Form: Lessons for Urban Governance Futures from the Pandemic
15 April, 2021 | 5 PM
Speaker: Shubhagato Dasgupta
Panelists: Soumaydip Chattopadhyay | Arjun Kumar | Santosh Mehrotra | Souvanic Roy | Sameer Unhale | Tikender Singh Panwar | Sayli Udas Manikakar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Shubhagato Dasgupta Re Form Lessons for Urban Governance Futures from the Pandemic

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Book Discussion
Neighbourhoods in Urban India: In Between Home and the City
5 May, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Dev Pathak
Panelists: Rumi Aijaz | Arjun Kumar | Arvind Kumar | Sumedha Dutta | Sameer Unhale | Mukta Naik | Binti Singh | Soumaydip Chattopadhyay
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Deepening Democracy in Cities: Can Research play a role?
6 May, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Ankur Sarin
Panelists: Tathagata Chatterji | Simi Mehta | Tikender Panwar | Soumaydip Chattopadhyay
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

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India’s Urban Transformation: Marching towards Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030

India’s Urban Transformation: Marching towards Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030
10 May, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Jyoti Chandiramani
Panelists: Simi Mehta | Tikender Panwar | Soumaydip Chattopadhyay | Seetha Prabhu | Sameer Unhale
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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India’s Smart Cities Mission: Light Houses?
18 May, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Manoj Parmar
Panelists: Soumaydip Chattopadhyay | Sameer Unhale | Binti Singh | Tathagata Chatterji |  Gopa Samanta
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Manoj Parmar Binti Singh Indian Smart Cities Mission
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A People’s War Against COVID 19: Unmasking the Governing Power in China
28 May, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Xiangming Chen |  Ziming Li
Panelists: Soumaydip Chattopadhyay | Jagan Shah | Tathagata Chatterji | Shubhagato Dasgupta | Xuefei Ren |
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Demystifying Urban Ranking Indexes in India
07 July, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Chetan Vaidya
Panelists: Hitesh Vaidya | Meera Mehta| Dinesh Mehta | Pritika Hingorani | Soumaydip Chattopadhyay
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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Chetan Vaidya Demystifying Urban Rankings Indexes in India
City Conversations Dr Emily Rains Negotiating Informality A Range of Policy Needs and Problem Solving Strategies in Urban Slums 1


Negotiating Informality: A Range of Policy Needs and Problem-Solving Strategies in Urban Slums
08 July, 2021 | 7 PM
Speaker: Emily Rains
Panelists: Mahalaya Chatterjee | Jenia Mukherjee | Aravind Unni | Sarani Khatua | Soumaydip Chattopadhyay
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
Listen: Spotify | Google Podcasts

Urban Political Economy and Governance
13 July, 2021 | 7 PM
Speaker: Shahana Chattaraj
Panelists: Arindam Biswas | Diganta Kumar Das | Neha Sami | Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Details: Event Page | Event Report
Watch: YouTube | Facebook Live
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City Conversations Dr Shahana Chattaraj Urban political economy and governance

#CityConversations – Team

Soumyadip IMPRI

Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; IMPRI

Sameer Unhale

Sameer Unhale
Department of Municipal Administration, Government of Maharashtra

Dr Arjun Kumar pic IMPRI

Dr Arjun Kumar
IMPRI

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