Visiting Faculty, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and Senior Urban Development Expert

Area of expertise

Urban Development with specialization on: (i)Urban policy and strategy formulation; (ii) Urban governance including, planning, finance and management; and (iii) Urban water and sanitation services provision to all, including the poor.

Brief Profile of Speaker (incl photograph)

Dr. PushpaPathak has about 35 years' extensive experience of working in the field of Urban Development in India and in other developing countries. She has worked with premier institutions including:  17 years at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi; 5 years as an Urban Specialist at the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program – South Asia; and for 7 years she has worked as a Senior Urban Advisor in Afghanistan, supported by the UN-HABITAT, World Bank, USAID and JICA. In addition, she has workedas a short-term consultant in Tanzania, Macedonia, Serbia, Nepal and Laos. Since 2012, Dr. Pathak has been teaching as a Visiting Faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi as well as working as an independent consultant.

Dr. Pathak has a Master’s Degree in Geography from the Kanpur University, Kanpur, India and a Ph. D. degree in Regional Development from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She has spent two years at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and one year at the Cambridge University, Cambridge, U. K., doing post-graduate research work. She was a Ford Fellow at the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT), Cambridge, U.S.A., during the academic year 1989-90.

Working Group

 Delivery of Basic Services

Sub Theme

 Ensuring basic Services including Mobility for Integrated Development


Coordinator/Moderator, Working Group III