Urban Studies

India is undergoing rapid urbanization and there is an urgent need to address multiple challenges, ranging from a lack of public transport to affordable housing to insufficient infrastructure. The department has multiple ongoing research projects which address specific aspects of these challenges.
  • Classification of Urban Built-Up Areas into Local Climate Zones

Ongoing research projects include developing an understanding of how road networks and morphological structures affect driver behaviour, studying the urban heat island effect, and developing an earthquake early warning system. 

We are working on understanding urban morphology in three specific contexts: how roadway design and urban layout influences the probability of crashes in urban and peri-urban areas; large-scale data collection using dense networks of low-cost sensors for assessing the urban heat island effect; and using crowd-sourcing to develop an earthquake early warning system.