Dr. Binti Singh

Dean- Research and Academic Development


Research, writing and teaching


Dr. Binti Singh is an urban sociologist and holds a Ph.D. (in urban studies) and an M.Phil. (in Planning and Development) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), Mumbai, India. She received the prestigious UGC-NET Junior Research Fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2003 to pursue her advanced studies. She received her B.A (with second rank) with a specialization in Sociology and Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta,1999 followed by an M.A degree (with distinction) with specialization in Sociology from Calcutta University,2001. She is currently Dean of Research and Academic Development at KRVIA, Mumbai. She is engaged in diverse international research programs and guides PhD. and Masters students in various international universities like University of Virginia, USA and Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) USA. She is Book Series Editor on Urban Futures with Routledge, UK


Invited Lectures/Talks
1. Urban Stories of India, talk delivered at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, Londaon 4th November 2022
2. Work visit to the Department of Deisgn, Architecture and Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 2nd November 2022
3. Discussion of research ideas and collaboration at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, University of Cambridge, UK, 31st October2022.
4. Invited as jury member for design dissertation and research volume at the Aditya College of Architecture, Mumbai and the Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai in October 2022.
5. Invited talk The Smart City in India: Urban Laboratory, Paradigm or Trajectory? as Part of Planning the Post-Pandemic City Online Lecture Series by Queens University Belfast Planning School,UK, 14th October 2021
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/planning-the-post-pandemic-city- online-lecture-series-tickets-104763640870
5. Invited panelist for multiple session in the International Forum on the Urban Form, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK, July 2021
1. Book Series Editor on Urban Futures with Routledge https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Futures/book-series/UBF
2. Book Negotiating Resilience with Hard and Soft City https://www.routledge.com/Negotiating-Resilience-with-Hard-and-Soft-City/Singh-Berger-Parmar/p/book/9781032440378
3.Resilience and Southern Urbanism Towards a New Paradigm
4. How Will India Fix Her Urban Future? https://books.google.co.in/books/about/How_Will_India_Fix_Her_Urban_Future.html?id=IkYAEAAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y
5. Smart City in India: Laboratory, Paradigm or Trajectory? Routledge,
6. The Divided City Ideological and Policy Contestations in Contemporary Urban India
7.Culture, Place, Branding and Activism
8. http://bwsmartcities.businessworld.in/author/Guest-Author/Dr.-Binti-Singh-85194/
Course Modules
Online self-paced course on Urban Sociology and Urban Planning, an initiative of Ethos and ACEDGE available at https://www.acedge.in/courses/sociology-urban-planning
Research Papers
1. Singh, B. (2020). Democracy, Governance and Movement: Civil Society, NGOs and Middle Class in Bishwajit Ghosh (Ed) Social Movements: Concepts, Experiences and Concerns, Sage Publications, New Delhi https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/social-movements/book271853#contents
2. Singh, B. (2019). Citizens, Spatial Practices and Resurrection of the Idea of Place in Contemporary Lucknow. In Interdisciplinary Unsettlings of Place and Space (pp. 165-181). Springer, Singapore.
3. (2019) B. Singh, Social Media, Cultural Activism and Place-making in Contemporary Lucknow. Society and Culture in South Asia, 5(1), 1–18.
4. Parmar, M., & Singh, B. (2019). Integrating Design and Planning in Informal Settlements. The Academic Research Community publication, 3(3), 38-49.
5. Singh, B., & Parmar, M. (2017). Unravelling 8 redevelopment in the megacity context of India. Trends and Issues in Housing in Asia: Coming of an Age, 185.
6. (2016) The Heritage Arc and After-An Exploration of Recent Policy and Practice To Promote Tourism in Contemporary Lucknow, Urban India, Vol 6 (Issue 2), National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi
7. (2014) Urban Governance in Contemporary India, Contemporary India, Vol.4, 28 February, NIHU Program Contemporary India Area Studies (INDAS), The Center for the Study of Contemporary India, Kyoto University, Japan
8. (2013) Governance, Citizens and New Civil Society in Contemporary Urban India, ORF Issue Brief, Issue Brief #54, June
9. (2012) Changing Contours of Solid Waste Management in India, Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol 5, No. 3 Taylor and Francis, UK, 333-342
10. (2012) Parallel Structures of Decentralization in the Megacity Context of Urban India: Participation or Exclusion ?, Volume 16 (1), Special Issue : Asian Cities in an Era of Decentralisation, Space and Polity, Taylor and Francis, UK 111-127
11. (2012) Initiatives in Participatory Governance: Recent experiments in Mumbai, Urban India, Journal of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, Vol 32, Issue 1, New Delhi
12. Singh, B., & Parthasarathy, D. (2010). Civil society organisation partnerships in urban governance: an appraisal of the Mumbai experience. Sociological Bulletin, 59(1), 92-110.
Featured Articles
1. (October 2021) The Serendipity Mindset Meets the Urban
2. (May 2021) 15 Minute City: Utopia or Reality?
3. (May 2020) What Happened to our Great Cities? in Business World Smart Cities
4. (May 2019) Climate Change Risks and Cities: The Need for Climate Action Plans in Business World Smart Cities
5. (November 2019) New Frontiers of Urban Theory A Global South Perspective
6. (February 2019) Post Industrial City, Immaterial Labour And Cultural Industries
7. (January 2019) Rethinking Urban Mobility With Alternative Experiments
8. (2018) The Saga of our Inner Cities in Business World Smart Cities ( https://bit.ly/2uqATfE )
9. (2018) Ethnography, Place and Place Making in Domus India ( https://bit.ly/2GRyEuH )
10. (2018) Peri Urban Reality in India in Business World Smart Cities ( https://bit.ly/2qlJfpu )