Shikha Ranjha

Master of Science in Environmental Policy



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DLGS 5 (2015-2017)

Doctoral Thesis

Working Title: 
The role of governance in managing green spaces for promotion of urban resilience: Case Study of Delhi, India

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wende, Technische Universität Dresden

Urban green spaces such as the Neighborhood Park and playground are often referred to as the multi-functional spaces in the city that offer the necessary services and benefits. However, creating a green space alone is not enough of an action, and it must be stressed that its management must be looked into as well, as it will eventually ensure the continuous production of these services. Especially in developing countries where any open public space is seen as an invitation to encroach upon and thus lead to loss of these spaces. Several approaches under the umbrella term of place making describe how these spaces can be well managed. It is seen as a strategic approach which involves creation and adoption of area based initiatives to register concerns and issues of local problems.
This study, here, aims to explore one of such area based initiatives for green space management, citing the working example of Resident Welfare Organizations in East Delhi, India. These are voluntary organizations comprising of members from the locality, and are responsible for management of several urban services including maintenance of local infrastructure such as the parks. The study follows a mixed methods approach, where interviews both qualitative and quantitative are conducted with the members of the above mentioned group, and their role in management of local green spaces is explored.
Through these methods, the study expects to evaluate the beliefs about the benefits and understanding of quality green spaces in the study area, and further use this to understand their motivation and commitment to take part in the management process.

Key words: urban green spaces, urban governance, resilience 

Research Interests

Environmental governance, management of urban green spaces, urban sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation



since 03/2015
Doctoral Student at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Architecture
Study of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
Academic Degree: M. Sc. in Environmental Policy
Thesis: Green roofs: Exploring feasibility as a tool for water resources management in Dublin, Ireland.
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Lennon, University College Dublin
Study of Environmental Resource Management, TERI University, New Delhi, India
Academic Degree: M.Sc. in Environmental Studies
Thesis: An assessment of materials and process details as an indicator of environmental impact of green roof market solutions.
Supervisors: Dr. R. L. Sawhney, TERI University, India; Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, ZHAW Life Sciences and Facility Management, Switzerland
Study of Microbial Sciences, University of Delhi, India
Academic Degree: B.Sc. (Honors) in Microbiology


since 03/2015
Scholarship Holder at Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)
Recipient of UCD Global Graduate Scholarship
Distinction (Honors) Certificate for Excellence in Academics, University of Delhi

Professional Experience

Position and work: Research Assistant, on a project to address policy integration and transition strategies for development of resilient and sustainable urban environments as a part of the EU funded FP7 TURAS project.
Organisation: University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
Position and Work: Researcher, on various projects: Governance of nanotechnology development and related applications in India; Policy development for energy demand and efficiency in Indian agriculture sector; Development of sustainable and inclusive agriculture in India via organic agricultural practices.
Organisation: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
Position and work: Research Intern, for analysis of environmental impact of green roof market solutions available in Switzerland.
Organisation: Institut Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen, ZHAW, Switzerland
Position and work: Research Intern, on environmental footprint related industry research for different sectors of economy like finance sector, climate change and energy, agriculture and water in India.
Organisation: WWF, India