Video: Governance Challenges in India’s Small Towns

The State of Cities – #CityConversations | A Special Lecture by Dr Tariq Thachil on Governance Challenges in India’s Small Towns


#IMPRI Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi invites you to a #WebPolicyTalk series –

The State of Cities – #CityConversations

A Special Lecture on

Governance Challenges in India’s Small Towns

Details of the #WebPolicyTalk:

Date: January 18, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live


Dr Tariq Thachil
Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI);
Associate Professor of Political Science, and
Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India,
University of Pennsylvania


Dr Debapriya Chakrabarti
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow,
SEED, University of Manchester

Sameer Unhale
Joint Commissioner,
Department of Municipal Administration,
Government of Maharashtra


Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Associate Professor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan;
Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI, New Delhi


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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.