Research Workshop: Future Cities 2040

In partnership with the Asia Foundation, we are hosting a research workshop on 2 & 3 August, 2019 on the futures of mid-sized cities in India.

By 2030, a major portion of India’s population is expected to live in cities, giving rise to large urban centres of scale much similar to our major cities – Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai. The Future Cities 2040: Navigating urban transitions for inclusive, sustainable and resilient futures will seek to collectively evaluate the political, social, and value-based contestations underlying the framing of problems, goals, solutions, and identify pathways for shared sense-making and collective action. Systematic foresight and anticipatory knowledge of complex drivers of change and their interactions is urgently needed to chart the course for mid-sized cities. Our Future Cities 2040 initiative will develop a framework and, subsequently, a tool to explore and articulate future scenarios for growing mid-sized cities in India as well as South Asia, and a blueprint for policy and public action.

Download the workshop primer here


Future Cities


Zaheb Ahmad

Zaheb is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research. His work explores institutions and governance arrangements in India, anchoring people-centred approaches to the environment and data. Zaheb is currently working on setting up an 'urban living lab' in Panaji - an experimental governance approach, established at the boundaries between research, innovation and policy, for urban sustainability transitions in India. Zaheb holds an LL.M with specialisation in Environmental Law from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and B.L.S, LL.B from Government Law College, University of Mumbai. His Master’s research deconstructs the functioning of the Environmental Impact Assessment mechanism in India and explores environmental justice implications for impacted communities.