Malini Krishnankutty


  • Designation : Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Specialization : Urban Planning
  • Research Areas : Urban Planning Practice in India; Sustainable planning in the global South
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  • Description :

    Urbanisation processes epecially in the periurban areas around metropolitan areas are of special interest along with Indian urban planning responses , current urban challenges and attempting to evolve new approaches to issues that is bottom up, participatory and sustainable in the context of climate change.

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2018

Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 1992

Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 1992


Book Chapter

"The Marginalization of the Spatial" in Bhide, Amita and  Himanshu Burte, eds.‘ Urban Parallax: Policy and the City in Contemporary India, Yoda Press and Aga Khan Agency for the Habitat, Delhi, 2018


“Fragmentary Planning and Spaces of Opportunity in Peri-urban Mumbai,” Economic and Political Weekly, 53(12): 68-75, 24 March 2018

“Maximum Cities”, Geo, June 2011 pp.40-64 (jointly with Himanshu Burte)

“On the Edge: Planning, Describing and Imagining the Seaside Edge of Mumbai”, Himanshu Burte & Malini Krishnankutty, Peri-urban dynamics: Case studies in Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai, eds. Véronique Dupont, N. Sridharan, CSH Occasional Paper N°17, Publication of the French Research Institutes in India, New Delhi, 2006


Conference Papers

“Capitalising land: Urban Planning and Transformations in peri-Panvel, Mumbai”, Paper presented at Workshop titled ‘Tracking Transformations in Agrarian-Urban Hinterlands of South Asia’, JNU, New Delhi, Feb 23-25, 2017

 “Poverty of Planning: Development Plans in Mumbai”,  Paper presented at international conference “Rethinking Cities in the Global South: Urban Violence, Social Inequality and Spatial Justice”, TISS, 12-23 January 2016 

“The Urban Suburb: The Mumbai Experience”, Paper presented at conference titled ‘A Suburban Revolution? An international conference on bringing the fringe to the centre of global urban research and practice’, York University, Toronto, Canada, September 26-29, 2013 (jointly with Himanshu Burte)


Invited Presentations

 “Urban Planning  and Heritage”, Garware Institute of Career Education and Development, Mumbai University, Kalina, February 4, 2019

 “Regional Plan for Goa- Environment & Participation”, ICRIER’s Program on Capacity Building and Knowledge Dissemination on Urbanization in India, Preparing for the Urban Challenges of the 21st Century, (Focus: Sustainable Cities), June 17 - 18, 2013, Pune

“Sustainable Approach to Urban Planning”, Goa State Cooperative Housing Finance & Federation Ltd., Technical Training Programme for the Senior Personnel of Housing Cooperatives, February, 2010, Panaji (Goa)

“Crafted Village Natural City”, Paper Presented at the State-Level Seminar on “Urbanization – Managing this growing challenge”, Nov 2007, The Economics & Geography Dept., Govt. College of Arts & Commerce, Virnoda, Pernem, Goa

“On the Edge: Planning, Describing and Imagining the Seaside Edge of Mumbai,” (in collaboration with Himanshu Burte) International Workshop organised by Centre de Sciences Humaines, in collaboration with India International centre, Peri-urban dynamics: population, habitat and environment on the peripheries of large Indian metropolises, 25 August, 2004, New Delhi

‘The Creative City: Curitiba, Brazil, ’ October 2004 talk at Mumbai Study Group, Rachna Sansad, Mumbai

“Curitiba -Planning by Design,” For People's Participation? Intervening in Urban Transport and Planning a panel discussion on people's participation in urban transport and governance issues, 25 May 2002 at The Bombay Paperie,  Mumbai

“Curitiba- A Brazilian Case Study”, Paper presented at the seminar titled, “ Trichur 2000 and Beyond,” January 26, 2001 at Thrissur, Kerala       

“Laurie Baker and the development of a tradition around him,” at conference titled, ‘End of Tradition?’, organized by International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) at Trani, Italy, October 12-15, 2000


Member, Berkeley Prize Review Committee, Berkeley, USA since 2009

1998 IIID-MK National Award for Excellence in Design (Office Category) by the Indian Institute of Interior Designers

1. Housing for All Plan of Action (Slum Survey, Demand Survey) project, Govt. of Gujarat, June 2016-17- Urban Planning Consultant to  Hunnarshala, Bhuj   

2. Appraisal of Smart City Project Submission, Municipal Corporation of Panaji,  Oct 2015 –Dec 2015 -Urban Planning Consultant    

3. Third Regional Plan, Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Mumbai, July 2014- Sept 2015 -Land use Specialist

4. Development Plan of Mumbai 2014-2034 for Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, (EDDP) 2010 -2014       Consultant (Land Use Planning Expert) to Groupe SCE-India

5. Regional Plan for Goa-2021 ( RPG-21), 2008-2012 - Consultant  to  the Chief Minister's Task Force with late Padma Vibhushan Charles Correa as Vice Chairman

6. Conservation Based Development Plan for the Old Goa Panchayat which includes Old Goa World Heritage Site 2009-2010 - Consultant to Mozaic Design Combine (Member, Technical Committee on Old Goa constituted by the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa)

7. Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission Projects for Panaji City which included projects for urban renewal, heritage conservation, mobility plan and basic services for the urban poor. 2007-2010 - Consultant (Urban Planning Expert) to Groupe SCE-India

8. Master Plan for Mahableshwar-Panchgani Region including a new Development Plan, a Tourism plan and Revised D.C. Regulations and bye-laws for first Eco-sensitive declared zone in the country.2000-2002- Consultant, Bombay Collaborative 



'An Oral History of Indian Planning', TURN Research project. Approved and set to commence April 2019.

'Institutional Armature of the Street', research funded by ‘Right to the City’ project at CUPG, TISS, Dec 2017-  ongoing

'The Case of Peri-urban Mumbai', research funded by “Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land, and Infrastructure in the 21st Century,” research program at the CITY Institute, York University, Toronto  Jan 2013 - 2017     

‘Sustainable Architecture in India: Practices, Projects and Prospects’ , Research and Development Grant from Graham Foundation for Advance Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, for research towards a book  (Co-grantee: Himanshu Burte), 2008  

Architecture in the Time of Globalisation: Critical Architectural Practices and the Changing Culture of Building in India from 1982-2007’ . Arts Research and Documentation Grant- India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore,to look at (Co-grantee: Himanshu Burte), 2007