Riyan Habeeb

Master of Urban and Rural Planning



DLGS, ABS Haus 116, August-Bebel-Str. 30, room 07-018

Email: r.habeeb@dlgs.ioer.de
Phone: +49 (0)351 463 42351
Fax: +49 (0)351 4679 212

DLGS 10 (2020-2022)


Doctoral Thesis

Working title:
Conceptualizing Nature-based-Solutions for Urban Water Resilience in Emerging Cities: Case of Dehradun City, India

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wende, TU Dresden, Faculty of Architecture



Doctoral Student at TU Dresden, Faculty of Architecture, Dresden, Germany.

07/2014 - 05/2016
Studies in Urban and Rural Planning, Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, Uttarakhand India
Academic Degree: Masters in Urban and Rural Planning.

07/2003 – 04/2008
Studies in Architecture, National Institute of Technology-Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Academic Degree: Bachelors in Architecture.


04/2018 – 02/2020

Programme Specialist for Climate Adaptive Equitable Water Management Practices for Cities in South Asia, Mussoorie & Haldwani (Uttarakhand) and Dhulikhel & Dharan (Nepal) funded by IDRC, Canada, at Centre for Ecology Development and Research (CEDAR) Dehradun, India.

Programme Specialist for Creating Climate resilient Communities in Mid-Hills of Uttarakhand: Intervention towards Forest, Water and Livelihood Security funded by National Mission on Himalayan Studies, Government of India at Centre for Ecology Development and Research (CEDAR) Dehradun, India.

Research and facilitation support to The Landscapes and Livelihoods Group, Edinburgh for the application of IUCN’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) in the Nepal-India Trans-boundary Tiger Landscape funded by KfW.

Urban & Spatial Analyst for Advance Management Studies, Lucknow, under Indo-German financial cooperation KfW-GIZ to design, conduct and analyse ten thousand household surveys in Rishikesh Municipal Corporation (Uttarakhand), India.

Visiting Faculty/ Guest Faculty

Department of Planning, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Faculty of Design and Architecture, DIT University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

School of Environment and Natural Resources, Doon University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

30/05/2016 – 15/10/2017
State Mission Management Urban Planner for project ‘Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)’, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India at Urban Development Directorate, Dehradun, India.

Urban Planner forCity Sanitation Plan (CSP) in Uttarakhand for Various Identified Urban Clusters, Indo-German Co-operation Project under National Urban Sanitation Policy (NUSP) in Association with GIZ & Doon University.

12/05/2015 – 10/07/2015
Project Intern for project ‘Road Map for Urban Climate Resilience Policy for Goa & Uttarakhand’ at Centre for Research on Sustainable Urban Development & Transport Systems, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi

18/10/2010 – 31/07/2014
Senior Architect at Engineers India Limited, New Delhi, Project: Energy Efficient Administrative Building at GAIL Compressor Station (4-Star GRIHA Rated Green Building)

19/05/2008 – 15/10/2010
Architectural Practice, Delhi NCR Region.

01/01/2008 – 12/04/2008
Trainee Architect at Auroville Earth Institute, Auroville, India.


Doctorate Scholarship for the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) by Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V. (IÖR)

MHRD-GATE Qualification Scholarship for Post-graduate Studies from Ministry of Human Resources & Development, Government of India.


Gupta, Y., Habeeb, R., Singh, M., Barker, E., Singh, V. (2020). Gender Contribution in Household Management of Water and its Impact on Residents of Dholak Basti Slum in Haldwani City, Uttarakhand. wH2O - The Journal of Gender & Water, Volume-7 Artcile-5, The Water Center, University of Pennsylvania, USA. (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.31160.70404)

Habeeb R., Gupta Y., Chinwan, H., Barker E. (2019), Assessing Urban Water Insecurity due to Changing Climate and Demographic Pattern in Haldwani City, Uttarakhand: A GIS based Spatial Analysis. Journal of Geo-visualization and Spatial Analysis. Springer Nature, Switzerland. (DOI: 10.1007/s41651-019-0031-4)

Habeeb R.; Javaid S. (2019). Social Inclusion of Marginal in the Great Climate Change Debate: Case of Slums in Dehradun, India. Sage Social Open, London UK. (DOI: 10.1177/2158244019835924)

Bajracharya, M., Dahal, N., Neupane, K., Singh, V., Habeeb, R. (2019). Urban Water Security Challenges in the Nepal and Indian Himalaya in the Context of Climate Change. Resources and Environment 2019, 9(1): 9-18. Scientific & Academic Publishing, California, USA. (DOI: 10.5923/j.re.20190901.02)

Pandey A, Singh V, Habeeb, R., Singh, M. (2020). Mapping Institutional Landscape for Integrated Urban Water Management in Haldwani City, Uttarakhand. New Angle: Nepal Journal of Social Science & Public Policy, Nepal Policy Research Network. (Article in Press)

Habeeb R. (2017). Analysis of Major Parameters of Smart Cities and their Suitability in Indian Context. Chapter contribution in Book ‘From Poverty, Inequality to Smart City’, Proceedings of National Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, IIT Roorkee, 2015. Springer Singapore (DOI:10.1007/978-981-10-2141-1_6)

Habeeb R.; Lakra H. S. (2016). From City Resilience to Micro-Resilience: Gorakhpur A Case Study. Indian Institute of Town Planners Journal, Volume 13(4).

Habeeb R. (2010). SECMOL : A Trans-Himalayan Odyssey, Case study on vernacular Building Materials And Climate Responsive Architecture in Ladakh. Time, Space & People, August 2010 Issue.