Dr. Sheuli Mitra


Dr. Sheuli Mitra


School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

Area of expertise

Housing and Urban Land Markets

Brief Profile of Speaker 

Text Box:  Sheuli Mitra is an architect and urban planner. She has been involved both in teaching and professional work in architecture and urban planning for the last 20 years. Her research areas include urban studies, focusing on urban transformations and the social and economic dynamics in land and housing markets, affecting urban structures. Her research addresses process and product innovations to make supply of urban land and housing more socially accessible. She is presently Associate Professor in the Department of Planning and also the Dean, Research & Development at SPA, Bhopal. She has earlier headed the consulting division of Eastern India of an International Property Consultant leading to her insight into the role of private sector in housing markets. Currently she is involved in undertaking research and consultancy works for the Government of India in the domain of urban land and affordable housing. She has publications to her credit and has presented her work in national and international forums. Through her teachings and studio works, she tries to initiate and disseminate her works in the research domain of urban land and housing among students, professionals and public.

Working Group


Sub Theme

Land Management for Development in Peripheral Locations

Duration of presentation

10 –15 minutes (including Q&A)

[Soft copy of presentation to be shared by 10th December 2016]

Topic/ Title

Towards an Equitable Framework of Residential Land Development in Peripheral Urban Areas in India

Coverage of presentation

Recent studies have shown that most million plus cities in India are growing as multi-municipal agglomerations. Such metropolitan areas comprise of a large city in the core with a continuum of smaller urban and rural areas in the periphery. Examination of the growth of these cities in terms of the core vis-à-vis the periphery reveal that the growth and distribution of population is not uniform. The character of urban development at the periphery has been changing over the years with changes in the economic and administrative structure. A critical analysis of the spatial implications of the neo-liberal policies post 1990’s, on urban structure, reveals the creation of new townships and large scale residential complexes, at the peripheral locations of cities, not always benefitting all sections of urban population. There is increasingly an emerging criticism that the neo-liberal policies have led to ‘the segmentation of India’s cities, and the accentuation of intra-city inequalities’.

This presentation is an extract of a larger research work which attempts to develop a more rational approach to land identification and development in peripheral areas and a framework of implementation that would lead to a more socially equitable city structure. The growth and development of Kolkata Metropolitan Area is discussed as a case. Alternative models of green field and brown field residential development taking into consideration aspects of the regulatory mechanisms, pricing and supply of land, form the body of the work. Publicly and privately developed townships and large scale residential developments are analysed in terms of their economic and social viability and the impact on the larger pattern of metropolitan development across urban and rural areas.