Urbanisation, housing, and household amenities in India and China | SHELTER, Volume 23, No.1, April 2022, Theme Paper, published by HSMI, HUDCO

By Dr. Arjun Kumar
Director, IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi and China-India Visiting Scholars (CIVS) Fellow (2020-21), Ashoka University and Asian Century Foundation.


HUDCO HSMI’s ISSN magazine ‘Shelter’ on the theme ‘Inclusive Housing’ was released by Hon’ble Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs- Shri Hardeep Singh Puri on the occasion of HUDCO’s 52nd Foundation Day  Celebration on 25th April, 2022. This volume of Shelter contains a bouquet of articles which provide diverse insights into a range of issues related to promoting inclusive housing. The theme papers highlight the issues relating to inclusive urban planning and development through the earmarking of land and housing for the urban poor; strengthening PMAY-Urban for more inclusive growth; challenges in cost-effective, eco -friendly and disaster Resilient  Design and Construction for Net-zero achievement; inclusive housing push in the Union Budget 2022-23; and a comparison of urbanisation & housing in India & China. The e magazine may be accessed at

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  • Arjun Kumar

    Arjun Kumar is the Director of the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. With training in development economics, he specialises in quantitative and qualitative research methods, econometrics and the use of statistical software to crunch big data. He has been a Visiting Faculty at the Institute for Human Development (IHD) amongst others and has been associated with several think tanks, research institutes, governments, civil society organisations, and private enterprises. He is President of a Jharkhand based NGO (registered in 2010), Manavdhara- a youth social organisation working for humanitarian causes in backward regions and for marginalised communities. He has also taught Economics at the University of Delhi. His research interests are in the economy, development studies, housing and basic amenities, urban and regional research, inclusive and sustainable development, data and evidence-based policy, and, research methods. He has several research publications to his credit and has experience of being involved in research projects of international and national repute. He is also a member and part of various government and non-government formed committees, groups, and advisory boards overseeing the deliberation as subject matter expert and for possessing strong research acumen. He is an avid writer and frequently writes on various dimensions of economic issues, policies, and their impact for several eminent media platforms.