Neelakshi Joshi

Master in Urban and Rural Planning

 

Contact

DLGS, ABS Haus 116, August-Bebel-Str. 30, room 07-010

Email: n.joshiioer@dlgs.ioer.de
Phone: +49 (0)351 463 42349
Fax: +49 (0)351 4679 212

DLGS 6 (2016-2018)

Doctoral Thesis

Working Title:
Rapid unplanned urbanisation and the social production of risk in Himalayas: A case of Almora, India

Supervisor:
Prof. Wolfgang Wende, Technische Universität Dresden

Abstract:
The Himalayan region is experiencing population growth and undergoing the process of rapid unplanned urbanisation. The urban development process is increasingly ignoring considerations of location, slope, drainage and vegetation to accommodate rapid growth. In an area predisposed to multiple natural hazards and increasing threat from climate change, this development trajectory is further increasing the vulnerability of the urban settlements. 

Taking the case of Almora, a Himalayan town in Uttarakhand, India, this dissertation analyses hazards generated through unplanned urban development. Urban planning documents, field observations and interviews with residents, municipality officials, real estate developers and local NGOs form the basis of study. These are analysed, qualitatively and quantitatively, to establish the characteristics, extent, impact and drivers of risks.
The results will contribute towards understanding the urban development challenges in often neglected yet rapidly urbanising Himalayan settlements. It will add to knowledge on urban risks and provide recommendations for addressing them.

CV

Education

Since 03/2016
Doctoral Student at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Architecture
07/2012-07/2014
Studies in Urban and Rural Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
Degree: Master of Urban and Rural Planning
07/2005-05/2010
Studies in Architecture, Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, India
Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Experience

05/2015-02/2016
Urban Alternatives (selfemployed)
07/2014-03/2015
Manipal University, India (Assistant Professor)
01/2013-01/2014
University of Alberta, Canada (Research Assistant)
04/2012-07/2012
Third Pole Design, Leh, India (Mentor Architect)
07/2010-04/2012
Auroville Earth Insititute (Project Architect)

Awards

DAAD/IIT-Master-Sandwich-scholarship (2013/14)
Ministry of Human Resource Development Scholarship (2012-2014)
Berkley Prize, Essay Competition (2009)
Berkley Prize, Design Fellowship (2009)
IGBC, Green Design Competition (2008) - Design proposal