Workshop on: Re-Form: Lessons for Urban Governance Futures from the Pandemic

Online via Zoom
Workshop and Talks

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) invite you to a virtual dissemination workshop on: Re-Form: Lessons for Urban Governance Futures from the Pandemic
The session will be online via Zoom, please Register here. The session will also be live-streamed on CPR's Facebook page.
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About the Workshop

The FCDO commissioned a study on Pandemics and Urban Planning: Analysis of Evidence & Policy, which was undertaken by the SCI-FI initiative at CPR. The study explored the impact of COVID-19 on public spaces; housing and slums; water, sanitation and hygiene; public health, including clinical care and livelihood and social protection in urban areas of the country; to identify urban planning and governance reform actions emerging from the early experiences of responding to the pandemic. Based on the analysis of the evidence, the recommendations encapsulate how governments in India, across the tiers, can bolster preparedness strategies to build city resilience and be advised to reshape urban policies to respond to pandemics in an ethical, inclusive, equitable, and resilient manner.
Following the presentation of the findings, speakers will share their views and discuss ways in which the new knowledge generated from this study can contribute to our understanding of urban governance, service delivery, urban planning issues and the potential for reform. This workshop aims to promote cross-learnings between key stakeholders, including policymakers, academicians, researchers, civil society organisations and key development partners.






Welcome Remarks

Yamini Aiyar

President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research

14:35 – 14:40

Setting the Context

Gavin McGillivray, Minister Counsellor Development, British High Commission


14:40 – 15:00


Presentation by: Shubhagato Dasgupta

Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research


15:00 – 15:20

Re FORM: Lessons for Urban Governance Futures from the Pandemic


Kamal Kishore

Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)


K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS

Additional Secretary, Urbanisation, NITI Aayog


15:20- 16:10

Panel 1: Integrated Urban Planning

Moderated    by:    Jagan    Shah,    Senior                     Infrastructure  Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) India

  1. Gautam Chatterjee, IAS (Retd), Former Chairperson, Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Maharashtra 
  2. Aditi Garg, IAS, CEO, Zila Panchayat, Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh
  3. Shilpa Kumar, Partner, Omidyar Network
  4. P.S.N. Rao, Director, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
  5. Mohd. Monis Khan, Head - URIS Division, Regional Planning Division, Town and Country Planning Organisation




Q&A Moderated by:


Jagan Shah, Senior Infrastructure Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) India


16:20 –17:15

Panel 2: Lives and Livelihoods

Moderated by: Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research



  1. Subhash  Salunke,    Senior Advisor, PHFI and Officiating Director, IIPH-Bhubaneswar
  2. Daksha Shah, Deputy Executive Health Officer, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM)
  3. Ranjana Das, Lead Specialist-Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam India
  4. Rajib Dasgupta, Professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
  5. Sabina Dewan, Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Research & Executive Director, JustJobs Network



17:15- 17:25


Q&A moderated by:


Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research



17:25- 17:30


Closing Remarks

Sanjukta Roy, South Asia Adviser, South Asia Research Hub, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

About the SCI-FI Initiative at CPR

The SCI-FI Initiative aims to better understand ‘governance scale’ in Indian cities in tandem with ‘sector specific socio-economic scales’. Through research, the programme aims to inform stakeholders, including the three tiers of the government, to develop better informed policies and programmes enabling improved governance and service delivery. It has two key thematic focus in areas of Land, Housing and Planning, and Water and Sanitation. The SCI-FI initiative is nested at CPR since 2013.